Thankful Thursdays return

Casper’s original Thursday night party with a purpose is back and smoke-free at The Beacon Club from 5 to 8 p.m. with great live auctions and raffles, chances to win $500 just for being in the room and a free Tito’s Vodka cocktail to everyone 21 and over. The auction begins about 6:30 p.m. while the fun lasts from 5 to 8 p.m. Nonprofit beneficiaries for the winter season include: February 21, Mimi's House, addressing teen homelessness; February 28, JR's Hunt; for life, bringing awareness and resources to prevent suicide; March 7, Werner Wildlife Museum; March 14, TEARS Foundation, supporting local families who have experienced the tragedy of losing a child through pregnancy and infant loss; March 21, NCHS Angel Fund, assisting students who need financial help; March 28, Natrona County Meals on Wheels; April 4, Guardians of the Children, motorcycle organization serves as advocates to families in crisis; April 11, Excel Academy, private school for K-12; April 18, Iris Clubhouse, community for adults with significant mental illness; April 25, Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care; May 2, Wyoming Food for Thought Project.

Thankful Thursdays is a promotion of Townsquare Media.

Limited time remaining to get daffodils

Just a few days left to order daffodils from The American Cancer Society. Flowers may be ordered until Feb. 21 and will be delivered mid-March. The cost is $10 for one bouquet of 10 buds; $40 for five bouquets of 10 buds; $70 for 10 bouquets of 10 buds. To order please contact any local Relay for Life team, Jane Fisher at 267-1936 or Shirley Costopoulos at 267-8154.

WyoGenerosity helps Wyoming CARES

WyoGenerosity will support Wyoming CARES on February 21, 2019 at The Gaslight Social, starting at 5 p.m. Join your friends and co-workers and have fun playing new games, bigger prizes and live auction items. Rodeo Rick and his team will run the show at this smoke-free and family-friendly event.

Live auction items include a poker table topper, full dart board, framed art images, Star Wars packages, a tech basket, adult game night basket, a Coors and a Budweiser basket and more.

WyoGenerosity was started in 2018 by a team who have been helping charities with fun and proven results.

Wyoming CARES is a statewide, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity agency with a mission to help Wyoming residents in need. For more information call the office of Wyoming CARES at 237-7035.

API cash raffle set

The API (in conjunction with the API Chili Cook-off) is holding a raffle for a chance to win $15,000 in total cash prizes, including a $10,000 cash grand prize. Tickets are $20 each with a maximum of 2,700 being sold. The drawing will be held Saturday, February 16 at the 27th annual Brian Scott Memorial API Chili Cook Off. Proceeds to benefit over 20 Casper charities. You don’t have to be present to win. Tickets are available from any API board member. For more information call Bob at 473-2230.

Bowl for Jason's Friends

Bowl for Jason’s Friends is March 2 and is the primary fundraiser for the year for Jason's Friends Foundation.

Jason’s Friends Foundation is a nonprofit organization that steps in to offer a helping hand when a Wyoming child is diagnosed with cancer or a brain or spinal cord tumor. By providing financial assistance for things like travel expenses (fuel, lodging, airfare, meals) and everyday living expenses (house and rent payments, car payments, phone bills, utility bills etc.), Jason’s Friends Foundation eases the financial burden on Wyoming families so that they can focus on what is most important – their children.

The foundation is currently helping 125 Wyoming families and has provided almost $5 million of financial assistance since its founding. Last year, the Bowl for Jason’s Friends fundraiser raised more than $325,000 and this year, the foundation hopes to surpass that number.

The event will take place at El Mark-O Lanes on Saturday March 2. Bowlers put together five-person teams, sign-up for a one-hour bowling time slot and collect donations prior to bowling. There are prizes available for those who bring in the most donations and a free t-shirt for every bowler who collects at least $75.

Team packets can be picked up at any First Interstate Bank, any Hilltop Bank, El Mark-O Lanes, the Jason’s Friends Foundation office at 340 W. B St. or at jasonsfriends.org.

Bubbles, Baubles 'n Beans results in

Bubbles, Baubles 'n Beans was held recently at its new location, the Industrial Building at the Fairgrounds. The event raised approximately $50,000 in profit for Natrona County Meals on wheels, a drop of almost $6,000 from the previous year.

The 2020 event will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020, at the Industrial Building.

Ron and Joni Kumor won the $5,000 grand prize in the Pot O’ Beans raffle and donated it back to Meals on Wheels.

Judges' choice awards:

Best chili: 1. The Smokin' Armadillo Catering; 2. The Hangar, 3. Stuft Gourmet Baked Potatoes.

Best soup: 1. Perkins Family Restaurant, 2. The Yellowstone Garage, 3. Bullwhip Catering.

Peoples' choice:

Best chili: 1. The Horseshoe Bar & Grill; 2. (tie), Hilltop National Bank and Yellowstone Garage; 3. Johnny J's Diner.

Best soup: 1. Omega Caisson Drilling and Scott's Hot Shot; 2. The Silver Fox; 3. Poplar Living Center.

Boys & Girls Club raises more than $580,000

Kicking off its 50th year of impact, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming celebrated "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," at the Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction on Saturday evening. A preliminary event total is estimated at $586,000. Attendees had the chance to bid on hundreds of silent auction packages, live auction experiences and items, and enter for a chance to win a Shelby GT500.

Pledges made during the Impact Auction portion of the evening will go toward the expansion of the Club’s Susie McMurry Technology Center, improve access to updated technology at all Club sites and grow college education opportunities for youth and their families. For every $250 pledged toward this technology initiative, the donor received one chance to win the Shelby Mustang. The winner, the Martin Family Foundation, was chosen randomly through a computer generated program.

Candy at Memory Lane

Looking for a special gift for Valentine’s Day? Memory Lane Boutique, 319 S. Wilson St., has a variety of See’s Candies in stock. Choose from favorite boxed chocolates, truffles, toffee, candy bars, lollipops and more. Proceeds support patient care at Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wine tasting benefits Seton House

Soroptimist International of Central Wyoming invites ladies to a wine tasting event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, at Wyoming Bootlegger Liquor, 240 West 1st Street. Proceeds from admission will go to the Seton House, a self-sufficiency program for single-parent families experiencing homelessness. Seton House works to help families become independent.

Wyoming Bootlegger Liquor will serve select wines along with appetizers to complement the wines. Attendees can learn more about Soroptimists, whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and across the globe.

During the evening, raffle prizes will available. The funds raised from the raffle will support the Soroptimist Club’s Live Your Dream Scholarship Award.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased prior to the event from the Seton House, from any SICW member, or at the door. Contact club president Debbie Ehlers at 234-2173 with questions. Information is also available at the club’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/soroptimistofcentralwyoming/.

Jackalope Jump Feb. 22

Dressed in creative costumes, individuals and teams of the bravest souls will jump into freezing cold water and come out below-zero heroes having raised funds for Special Olympics Wyoming athletes.

The Casper Jackalope Jump will be held Friday, February 22, at the Casper Family Aquatic Center. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the jump starting at 6 p.m.

The Jackalope Jump is a fun-filled event where friends gather to celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes and spread the message of joy, courage, and inclusion. The public is welcome to participate or watch.

Jumpers raise a minimum of $100 per individual and $50 per team member and those funds provide equipment, training and competition opportunities for more than 1800 Special Olympics Wyoming athletes.

This fundraiser is a family-friendly community event organized by local volunteers and local Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run members.

There are 16 Wyoming Jackalope Jumps scheduled in 2019. See the complete list at http://www.sowy.org/index.php/jackalope-jumps.

For more information about the CASPER Jackalope Jump or to register please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/event/sowy/2019-Casper-Jackalope-Jump.

If you’d like to support Special Olympics Wyoming athletes but cannot (or will not) jump into to the ice cold waters, come to the event or contact our office (235-3062) to purchase a “Too Chicken to Jump” t-shirt for $20.

Butterfly Ball helps pediatric cancer

The Masquerade Butterfly Ball to benefit the Olivia Caldwell Foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research, is 7 to 11 p.m. on February 23 at the Ramkota Hotel. Cost is $65 per person and $120 for couples. The evening includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and drinks, dancing and a prom king and queen competition. Experience prom all over again. Tickets are available at oliviacaldwellfoundation.org.

Chorale raffle winners

The Casper Children's Chorale is pleased to announce the winners of the Holiday Raffle. Joy Gallup won $1,000; Wiley Valdez won $750 and Cameron Gardner won $500. Annie McAteer won the Casper Eats and Treats basket; Joy Gallup won the Casper Creatives Basket and Patrick Weiss won the Family Fun Basket.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the community for supporting the singers.

Senior Center cookbook available

Central Wyoming Senior Center's cookbook "From Our Family To Yours..." is back from the publisher. Get your copy now while supplies last. They are $10 each and a great gift idea. Pick them up at these locations: main center, 1831 East 4th Street; Evansville center, 71 Curtis Street and Mills center, 401 Wasatch. If you have any questions, call Harvey Moore at the main center at 265-4675.

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Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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