Tickets on sale for Cowboy Christmas

Organizers hoping to raise

Last year's Cowboy Christmas event, an annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, raised more than $12,000 for local youths. This year, organizers are hoping for an even better turnout.

"I'd like to raise $20,0000," said Patti Askew, chairwoman of the Cowboy Christmas committee, "but I'll be really happy with $15,000."

The third annual Cowboy Christmas is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Tickets, which will be sold until Nov. 28, cost $30 each and are available at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, KS Kreations and the Boys & Girls Club.

About 220 people attended last year's event. Askew said the 14-person organizing committee is tailoring this December's fundraiser to accommodate 250 people.

"This is a fun evening," Askew said, citing a night of food, gaming, dancing and live music provided by the 1340 Band. "People who came last year had a fantastic time."

Another alluring draw to Cowboy Christmas is an auction with items up for bid such as a paid weekend stay at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, and autographed sports apparel from sports stars with the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rockies. Askew said businesses around town are also donating "very, very nice" items to auction off.

The committee is also working on deciding what community members it will honor at Cowboy Christmas.

Handed out during the fun-filled evening will be awards for people, volunteer, youth and businesses of the year, Askew said.

The event is scheduled to begin with socializing at 6:30 p.m. Dinner, catered by the O.P. Bar and Grill, is slated for 7 p.m.

For more information about Cowboy Christmas, call Marcia Anderson or Jonathan Godes at the Boys & Girls Club at 826-0411.

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