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United Way, ROK net over 5K at weekend social

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

A hootenanny of a fundraiser.

Portage Plains United Way and Recreation Opportunities for Kids (ROK-Central) paired up to host the first ever Cowboys and Cocktails Social over the weekend at Stride Place to raise funds for both of the local charities.

“I was really happy with how the event went,” says ROK-Central executive director, Lynne Parker. “It was nice to see all the support especially since we were trying something different instead of just having a barbecue or raffle.”

People packed the Multi-Purpose Room at the arena for a jam-packed night of dinner, dancing, and prizes. It’s a busy time of year for the folks at ROK-Central with their Hockey Skills Program starting up next week, as well as the I Love To Skate program. The United Way is hard at work to reach their 2017 Campaign Goal of $242,000 and the funds raised will help them inch ever closer to the lofty sum.

“It was the first time we’ve held a social for a fundraising event and a first for pairing with ROK-Central,” says PPUW executive director, Mandy Dubois. “We had the band Hicktown play, and they’re an amazing show, so they drew a large crowd. We had about 180 people attend at a pretty last minute notice, which is really exciting”
Over $5,000 was raised which will be split between the two organizations. Help out the United Way by purchasing one of their 50/50 tickets or tickets to the Spaghetti Lunch on November 1.



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