by marlys good
The community hears about Hands Across the Saddle, how much money has been distributed to those in need, how far-reaching it is in the Big Horn Basin, but few people know “the rest of the story,” including the difference it has made in the lives of the people it helps.
Little is known because their identities are never revealed; all requests are confidential to assure the privacy of those involved. Unless one of them comes forward personally, or sends a thank you, no one knows whom he or she is.
Tracy Sheperd Buechler, GHS Class of 1985, is more than willing to talk about how a “gift” from HATS changed and improved her life. We’ll share Tracy’s story in next week’s issue; hopefully you will remember it when this year’s events take center stage Saturday, July 23 at the Herb Asp Community Center.
Her story is just one of many that could be echoed by recipients from around the Big Horn Basin.
The raffle items are in and catalogued; menu, chefs and waitresses set, entertainment booked, a couple of new twists added to the evening. Let the fun begin.
If you listened to the radio during the late 1970s, early ‘80s, you have heard Michael Johnson, this year’s featured entertainer. His music was some of the most played in the country during the crossover period. Johnson’s “I Will Whisper Your Name,” was one of the most requested wedding songs, and “The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder,” was a very popular anniversary song. Then there’s “Bluer Than Blue,” and “Give Me Wings;” the list goes on and on. When you hear him on stage July 23, it will take you back to a happy place.
The door prize itself is an incentive to attend. Everyone attending will be given a ticket for a drawing for a five-day Pacific Coastal Cruise. Want to better your chances of winning? You can buy additional tickets for $5 each, or six for $20. The winning number will be drawn after Johnson’s performance; you have to be present to win.
A special item at the auction will be a cribbage table. Made of solid maple, it is 20 inches wide, 43 inches long and 17 inches tall and includes drawers for the pegs. This work of art is from an anonymous donor.
Ann Hanson donated a beautiful handcrafted child’s willow chair with matching doll chair; Lucy Stillson’s Star Quilt is as beautiful as always; bid on a “Stay and Play” trip to Paintrock Lodge, or one of the three Denver Bronco packages or the chuck wagon dinner catered by Jeff McManus at the location of your choice. This year’s auction cruise is a 14-day trip from Miami to Los Angeles through the Panama Canal.
Get your tickets in advance at GBC or by calling 307-272-4466, or purchase them at the door July 23.