The Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino has donated $2,500 to the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce for its annual fundraiser gala and auction scheduled next month and also donated the remainder of its $11,000 contribution for the Pawhuska skate park project.
Mike McCartney, the chamber’s executive director, accepted the contributions from the MDEC on Feb. 4. He said the donation for the gala “helps our budget tremendously,” which will be held at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Elks Lodge.
This year’s chamber gala and dinner is themed “Diamond in the Rough” and will feature a silent and live auction with items up for grabs including art work, dishware and trips.
Reservations are required to attend this event. For more information and gala reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce at (918) 287-1208. Individual tickets are $35 and a table for eight people is $500.
Contributions for the Pawhuska skate park still being accepted
Also on Feb. 4, the MDEC donated $6,000 toward the Pawhuska skate park which was recently completed. The $6,000 is the remainder of the casino’s $11,000 contribution with $5,000 donated before construction started last fall.
McCartney sits on the Make it Happen in Pawhuska committee which is in charge of the skate park’s fundraising. He said donations are still being accepted for the skate park with just under $25,000 needed to finish paying for the construction.
The Make it Happen in Pawhuska committee was awarded a $25,000 grant last spring by the Tony Hawk Foundation to help build the skatepark. The nonprofit was established in 2002 by its professional skater namesake to promote and provide funding for high-quality skate parks in low-income areas nationwide, according to its Web site.
The foundation also reviewed and approved the skatepark design. The Pawhuska project is one of 22 projects selected in 2009 by Hawk’s foundation for grant funding out of 72 applicants.
For more information on the Make It Happen in Pawhuska committee, contact Mike McCartney at (918) 287-1208 or co-chairperson Cindy Helmer at Pawhuska’s First National Bank.
Original Publish Date: 2010-02-11 00:00:00