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January 22, 2014

Elks set annual benefit Saturday

Woodward, Okla. — This year’s annual Woodward Elks Rodeo Benefit Dinner and Dance offers the chance to enjoy a meal while helping to provide meals for others in need.

That's because proceeds from this year's benefit will go to help support Panhandle Nutrition Service and the Woodward Food Pantry, according to Neal Day, chairman of the Woodward Elks Rodeo Committee.

Panhandle Nutrition Service provides hot meals for the elderly and shut-ins, while the Woodward Food Pantry provides food and supplies to families facing some sort of emergency or crisis situation.

Day said the Elks Rodeo group always chooses different local charities to benefit each year, and this year chose the 2 food programs because they had been told these organizations, and Panhandle Nutrition in particular, were in need of some extra assistance.

“We always like to pick good charities and we got a couple of really deserving ones this year,” he said. “I mean the Panhandle Nutrition Center's meal deliveries is a great program, but we were told they had to cut back recently because of budget cuts. So we would like to help them be able to build that back up if we can.”

The 2014 Woodward Elks Rodeo Benefit Dinner and Dance is set for this Saturday at the Elks Lodge. The meal, which will be a barbecue rib dinner complete with fixin's like beans and coleslaw, will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.

The dance will come later in the evening, starting around 9 p.m. and lasting until around 1 a.m. The Jake Bowers Band will perform.

But the event will include much more than just a dinner and dance. That's because in addition to the proceeds from ticket sales for the events, the Elks Rodeo Committee will also be auctioning and raffling off various items to raise even more money to benefit the 2 food-based charities.

Day said there will be both a silent and a live auction, which will each feature different items. Some of the silent auction items will include “crosses, candles, gift baskets, wall hangings and decor, we usually have tools, electronic stuff, just a little bit of everything.”

In addition, he said, “we have a lot of gift certificates to a lot of local businesses,” that people will also be able to bid on.

As for the live auction, Day said it will feature items such as Thunder tickets, guns including pistols and 2 AR-15s, loads of rock and loads of hay, and a variety of custom made wooden furniture, including a rocker with a woven leather seat, a cedar hat rack, a round-top bookcase, a couple of western style mirrors, and “a big heavy cedar table with matching big heavy cedar bar stools.”

The live auction will also include a couple of specialty items, which have become a part of the benefit tradition, he said.

“We'll have a custom-made pair of spurs, like we do every year; they're made by Wayne Paul in Lipscomb, Texas,” he said. “We'll also have a Henry Golden Boy 30/30 rifle engraved with the Woodward Elks Rodeo logo. We have one of those every year, just in a different caliber, so that someone can collect a set of them if they want.”

Day said the silent auction items will be open for bids until around 7:30 p.m. and then the live auction will begin around 8 p.m.

In addition, throughout the evening, benefit attendees will have the chance to purchase chances to win items offered in 2 different raffle contests.

The first is a traditional bucket raffle, where people can purchase raffle tickets which they drop in buckets by different prizes they would like to win. Then later in the evening a single ticket is drawn from the bucket and that person wins the prize.

Some of the bucket raffle items at this year's benefit will include picture frames and home décor, western items, tools including a ladder and a cutting torch set, some ice chests with the Elks Rodeo logo on them, and “a really nice 7-piece luggage set,” Day said.

The second raffle contest is a new addition to the Elks Rodeo Benefit, he said.

“Something new we're doing this year, that was done by the Domestic Crisis Center last year, is a drawing for a diamond,” he said.

But rather than purchasing a ticket, Day said people will “purchase a glass with a bag in it that will contain a gem.”

Out of the 100 glasses sold, 99 will contain a cubic zirconium, and one will contain the diamond, he said.

“But instead of wine glasses like the Domestic Crisis Center had, we're going to do it with red Solo cups,” Day said with a laugh. “We felt it would be a little more fitting for the people who are putting it on.”

Between the diamond raffle, the bucket drawings, and both the silent and live auctions, Day said, “we're going to have lots of stuff; there should be something for everyone.”

And with such a wide range of items, he said, “anyone who wants should be able to participate, because we have stuff for all different budget levels.”

But even with such a wide variety of items, Day said, “we're still gathering items, so if there's anyone who wants to donate they can call me at (580) 254-4494.”

Those wishing to purchase tickets for the Elks Rodeo Benefit Dinner and Dance may also call Day or any other rodeo committee member.

Advance tickets are also currently available at the Honk N Holler convenience store, located at 802 NW Highway 270, and at Dr. David Peck's optometry office at 10th St. and Texas Ave.

Day said tickets may also be purchased at the door.

He encouraged people to make plans to attend the event, saying those who support the benefit will go away happy and knowing they helped others in need.

“We'll have a very fun, enjoyable time out there at the lodge and really benefit a lot of people who can use it,” he said.

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