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Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraiser

February 17, 2013

Here in Scottsing, the first part of the year is a bonanza of gala fundraiser events.

January brought the Soroptimists Bits and Beverages, at which I might have gotten a little carried away on the silent auction tables.

knife basket

Bugman had mentioned not having the proper knife for cleaning the geese he shot. So, I got him this for Valentine’s Day. His comment when he posted the pic on Facebook: “Nothing says ‘be my valentine’ like a bouquet of knives?”

February brought the Legacy of the Plains Bandana Benefit Ball, which was the same night as the Golden Halo fundraiser, alas. (Thanks to all of you who contributed, attended, and purchased, the Bandana Ball raised over $17,000 for Farm And Ranch Museum / North Platte Valley Museum operations!)

Image credit to Rick Myers. I love so many things about this photo: the quilt backdrop, the black hat, and the whole cachet of kicking off the meal by ringing a handmade dinner bell, which is traditionally the last item auctioned.

Image credit to Rick Myers. I love so many things about this photo: the quilt backdrop, the black hat, and the whole cachet of kicking off the meal by ringing a handmade dinner bell, which is the final item up for bid in the live auction.

A perusal of the Scottsbluff-Gering United Chamber of Commerce community calendar shows the Rotary Gold (benefiting the Midwest Theater this year; last year it benefited the museum merger project) and the Leadership Scotts Bluff Hoops 4 Heroes in March, and the CAPWN Night at the Races in April.

Backing up to January again, we get to the focus of this post: the West Nebraska Arts Center “Uncork Your Winter Blues” FUNdraiser event. I missed this event the past two years (missing last year because it was the same night as the Bandana Benefit Ball), so I was determined to go this year, particularly since this year’s theme “Hollywood and Vines” included the invitation to “dress as your favorite movie character.”

I love to dress in costume! When we lived in Iowa, Bugman and I hosted themed costume parties every year at Halloween. That was great fun, and we miss it! (Have not had the time to plan such things in recent years.)

So, we plotted our Hollywood and Vines costumes, ordered a couple of items online, and prepped for the evening by re-watching our favorite movie characters to pick up lines and signature moves.

The night of the event, we walked over to the WNAC. It’s less than a mile from our house, and, with the wine available at the fundraiser, we did not want to drive. We got honked at on our way. We were that cool.

I’ll reveal our characters at the end of this post. First, some of the other characters present. I missed snapping pix of Katniss Everdeen and Beetlejuice, but there were plenty more stars out that night.

Maverick

Maverick

Caddyshack Gopher Slayer (this photo misses the furry rodent glommed onto the back of his hat).

Caddyshack Gopher Slayer (this photo misses the furry rodent glommed onto the back of his hat).

A flapper and Juno. (Good momma - she was serving the wines and not drinking them.)

A flapper and Juno. (Good momma – she was serving the wines and not drinking them.)

Wild West characters serve up some beverages to Indiana Jones.

Wild West characters serve up some beverages to Indiana Jones.

You had to watch out for the Penguin. If you annoyed him, he'd get all up in your face and poke you with his nose.

You had to watch out for the Penguin. If you annoyed him, he’d get all up in your face and poke you with his nose.

My favorite ironic juxtaposition - Church Lady and Hellboy.

My favorite ironic juxtaposition – Church Lady and Hellboy.

Another star of the show: chocolate-dipped bacon, mini cheesecakes, and homemade moon pies.

Another star of the show: chocolate-dipped bacon, mini cheesecakes, and homemade moon pies.

And here we are, in our “Sweet Home, Chicago” alter egos, on our mission from God:

"Four fried chickens and a Coke." "And some dry white toast, please." "I hate Illinois Nazis." "Your women. I want to buy your women. The little girl, your daughters... sell them to me. Sell me your children!" "Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!" "Shit." "What?" "Rollers." "No." "Yeah." "Shit." " It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses." "Hit it."

“Four fried chickens and a Coke.” “And some dry white toast, please.” “I hate Illinois Nazis.” “Your women. I want to buy your women. The little girl, your daughters… sell them to me. Sell me your children!” “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” Yup.” “Shit.” “What?” “Rollers.” “No.” “Yeah.” “Shit.”

So, how’d we do?

the-blues-brothers-film

Got the details down, like Elwood wearing his watch on his right wrist.

elwood

And the hand “tattoos.”

jakeWe even performed a short Jake-and-Elwood dance. There is no videographic evidence of this, alas.

Wonder what the theme will be next year?

Copyright 2013 by Katie Bradshaw

One Comment leave one →
  1. Donna Thompson permalink
    February 18, 2013 12:55 pm

    Nice post Katie! The WNAC fundraiser really was a lot of fun! Thanx for everything you do to support the community.

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