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Rotary soccer field fundraiser to feature renowned Baxter Black

February 26, 2014 by

It’s a fundraiser event just for kicks; quite literally.

Lakeview’s Rotary Club will host a fundraiser dinner event on Saturday, March 8, at the Elks Lodge, located at 323 N. F St., featuring renowned cowboy columnist, poet and personality Baxter Black.

Black will provide an hour-long program as part of the evening’s entertainment.  Black is a cowboy poet, former large animal veterinarian and entertainer that has traveled the U.S. and through Canada for the past 25 years sharing his wit and wisdom collected through a lifetime of observations.

The Benson, Ariz.-based entertainer’s venues includes an extensive list of publications that run his syndicated column, “On the Edge of Common Sense,” and has published numerous books and released several DVDs, videos and cassette tapes since 1980.

Black’s following has discovered him through a variety of mainstream channels, including National Public Radio, public television, The Tonight Show, Random House and USA today.

A social hour will be held at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m.

On the menu for the night are bacon wrapped filets, prawns, salad, vegetable and dessert.  Complimentary wine will be on each table, along with the availability of bar service in the lodge.

Proceeds from the event will benefit a soccer field project slated for construction just east of the Lake County School District No. 7 office.  This new field is being developed for both AYSO and high school soccer programs, said Lakeview Rotary Pres. Darryl Anderson.

Tickets are priced at $75 each, with a total of 175 seats available.  Early invitations were sent out to area cattlemen and ranchers, and the first 50 ticket buyers will have an opportunity to meet Black early in the evening.

A live auction will be held during the evening, along with a number of raffles. The auction will feature rifles, DVDs and info from Thunder Ranch, artwork and more.  Varied gift baskets are among the items that will be raffled off during the evening.

Lakeview Rotary Pres. Darryl Anderson said that planning for this project commenced last fall.  The club is working with the youth soccer group to construct the field.

“There’s quite a soccer program and there’s no regulation field anywhere, especially for the soccer team,” he said.  “We hope to get a pretty good turnout on our fundraiser.”

Lake County School District No. 7 Supt. Sean Gallagher expressed his support for the event and the soccer field project following discussion at the board’s Feb. 10 meeting.

“We’re very excited the Rotary has chosen this project (for fundraising),” he said. “It’ll be a great fundraiser event.  I think Baxter Black is a great entertainer for this area.”

Corporate sponsors for this event include Anderson Engineering & Surveying, Inc., Bank of Eastern Oregon, Bogardus & Hedlund, Cornerstone Industrial Minerals, LLC, Dog Lake Construction, Hall Motor Company, Klamath Pump Center, Lake County Medical Clinic, Les Schwab, Pacific Pine, S&S Equipment, Salt Creek Industries, Warner Mountain Medical Clinic and Withrotor Aviation, Inc.

Supporting sponsors include Pacific Power, Shasta Livestock Auction Yard and Sterling Bank.

For more information, contact Carmen Tague at 541-947-4407, 541-905-6956 or via e-mail at carmieusue@hotmail.com.

Visit www.baxterblack.com for more information on Baxter Black.

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