Sept. 27, 2017 Enterprise Newsletter • Featuring Converse County Wyoming's business community
Hunters BBQs, hosted by the Plains, have been welcoming area hunters for nearly 40 years!
"Come down and enjoy Wyoming hospitality," says Plains Complex owner Charlie Hegglund to out-of-state hunters.

For over three decades Charlie, with the help of a few key volunteers and donors, has been hosting the Hunters BBQs. The events, free to out-of-state hunters, are held each year on Oct. 2 and Oct. 16. The dates coincide with opening day for area hunting seasons and kick off around 6 p.m. both evenings.

"We serve wild game," says Charlie noting that Roby Shipley ensures the year's offering is properly prepared. In addition to the more traditional cuisines, Charlie says, "We've served alligator, rattlesnake, hog and many different types of wild game." Area processors help provide the meat for the event.

Charlie says that multiple generations of the same family have been attending. Helga Bull of the Converse County Visitors Information Center, has long been helping with the gatherings. She also touts the event as a tradition among families. She's seen two generations of the same family win the annual gun raffle. It's an event she says that visiting hunters look forward to attending.

"There will be door prizes from local businesses," says Helga. "Every year there are prizes for whoever wears the most camo, the most miles traveled, the oldest hunter, the youngest hunter and more. Dennis Switzer from the local radio station emcees the event." There's also a prize for the hunter who tells the best hunting tale!

This year's rifles for the gun raffle, says Helga, were donated by Wind River Casino. They also contributed some of this year's door prizes.

Charlie says the Forest Service, as well as others with information of value to visiting hunters, often attend the event. He says it's a great opportunity for sportsmen and women to ask questions and gather the information they may need.

For more information on this year's gatherings, or to donate a door prize, contact Helga at 307-358-2950.

The Oct. 2 event was held as this edition of The Enterprise Newsletter was going to press. Based on the photographs that Helga Bull of the local visitors center took, attendance was strong. There was a lot of bright orange and camouflage in the room! We would like to extend a special thank you to Charlie at the Plains and all who make this event possible!
All-you-can-eat Indian Taco Feed to benefit Special Olympic athletes from Douglas
Tip a cop while enjoying all you can eat Indian tacos on Oct. 14 in Douglas. Local law enforcement officers and special olympic athletes will be serving the meal and gladly accepting tips for their cause! Funds raised support local athletes who are part of the Special Olympics.

According to Ron Casalenda, Douglas Police Department Chief, 18 local athletes participate in the program. Seven of those are high school students and the remainder are in what Ron calls the masters program.

Support for this fundraiser and others the group holds, says Ron, ensures the athletes can travel and compete. Funds raised are split between the local program and the state level, helping generate dollars to host the Special Olympics events. He says it's a great cause and adds, "Plus the food is really great!"
Armory National Guard • 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14
For more information on the event, visit their Facebook event listing. For more information on the Special Olympics program and their efforts to benefit Wyoming athletes, visit their website.
'Boots and Bling' planned for Oct. 7
On Oct. 7 the Converse County Hospital Foundation is hosting the Boots-N-Bling gala. Funds raised at the event help the Foundation fulfill its mission of helping Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

Converse County Hospital Foundation (CCHF) is a not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to enhance
Tickets are $100 each and are available by calling Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Rinn
at 307-358-2122, Ext. 1591

the services, programs and patient care provided to the community by Converse County hospitals and healthcare systems through increased philanthropic support.

"The hospital gives us requests of medical equipment they need," says Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Rinn. "The funds raised will be used to help continue offering quality healthcare in Converse County."

Rinn describes attire for the event as dressy western. "Boots-N-Bling" lasts from 5 to 10 p.m. and is being held in the Fort Reno Building at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. There will be an auction, dinner and dancing to the music of Fireball. For more information on the event, or the Foundation itself, visit them online.
Pink Flamingo event to be held Oct. 14, raising funds for area residents fighting cancer
Pink Flamingo, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Converse County Cancer Awareness Task Force, is slated for Oct. 14 at the American Legion located at 101 S. 6th Street in Douglas.

Shelly Allen, chair of the Task Force, says the evening begins with a 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner served by the Arbor Cafe at 7 p.m. Funds raised at the event are put to use helping Converse County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer. The dollars support everything from gas cards to help with travel, to certain diagnostic tests.
"We're starting to do baskets," says Allen of gift totes that will be filled with slippers, hard candies, puzzle books and other items that patients find useful while attending treatments.

It's a girls only event and tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased a table at a time. A table seats eight. Those who purchase a table are encouraged to decorate for the evening festivities. A prize will be given for the best decorated table.

There will be an open bar and a basket raffle with tickets available for purchase at the door.

At times over the years attendees have been asked to dress to a certain theme, such as 80s. This year, says Allen, it's back to basics. Pink attire, or a flamingo look, is encouraged. Comedian Sam Adams of Denver will provide evening entertainment and the child of a cancer patient will serve as the evening's keynote speaker.

Tickets to the event can be purchased on the 2nd Floor of Memorial Hospital of Converse County or by calling 307-358-2122, Ext. 1132 or 351-4029. For more information visit the group on Facebook.
Cowboy Christmas slated for November 18
Mark your calendar for Nov. 18!
Cowboy Christmas festivities are planned for November 18 at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendors from across the region are planning to attend this year's gathering. If you'd like to reserve a booth, contact Helga Bull at 307-358-2950.

Santa will again be making two appearances at the gathering, once in the morning and one in the afternoon. A chili cook-off and brewfest may also be included in the 2017 event.

Watch this newsletter for additional information on attending Cowboy Christmas 2017!
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