Wednesday, April 10, 2013

CACC Steelhead Derby & Ball Report

Thirteenth Annual Steelhead Derby & Ball
Press Release by Melissa Perkins Fitzgerald
Executive Director, Challis Area Chamber of Commerce

Oh What a Night…
The Challis Area Chamber of Commerce held the Thirteenth Annual Steelheaders’ Ball on Saturday, April 6, at the new Challis Community Event Center, on Clinic Road.
The lights were lit (power plants light courtesy of the Thompson Creek Mining and Westfall Construction) the stage was set (Horsin’ Around Band) the tables were set with linens and delicious scents came from the kitchen (courtesy of Village Inn Restaurant)

Build it and they will come…
Curiosity got the better of most. Several in attendance came just to see the new event center. They came slowly at first, but eventually the great room filled. Approximately ninety dinners were served and later there were an estimated 150 people in attendance.

Dancing the night away…
Adults and children filled the dance floor with room to spare. The increased space allowed many to show off their high stepping and swing talents. Local band, Horsin’ Around filled the hall with a combination of rockin’ roll classic and contemporary country standards. The band features the talents of Travis Hardy, Wanda Swigert, Chris MacDonald, Scott Lee and Fred Jacobs Meyer.

The live auction lent excitement and competitive interaction amongst the crowd. Auctioneer J.R. Baker donated his talents and brought with him two guest Auctioneers, Patrick & William Seefried. The auction raised just shy of $1800. for the chamber.

Derby results:
Derby entries were down this year. Some blamed the weather; others claimed there were less fish. However, that did not stop the true die-hard fisherman.

Mike Rukavina placed First in the Big Fish contest. Mike’s fish measured 31”.
His award was $100. Mike also won the two out of five weeks of the Mystery Fish contests.
Rick Frost placed Second with a fish of 28 ¾”. He won $75.
Last but not least, Sarah Baker placed Third with a fish of also, 28 ¾”. She won $50.

Mystery Fish contests weeks three and four were won by Walter Parker and Dennis Dubois. Mystery Fish contest winners were awarded a $50. gift certificate to the Bent Rod Outdoors. Surprisingly, there were no entries in week five of the Mystery Fish contest. If you would have entered, chances are you would have won.

Derby entry fees raised $580. for the chamber. There were 29 participants. Notably absent from this year’s derby were Earl & Mary Skeen and Steve & Renee Petersen.

Raffles: OMG  
The event featured four raffles. The 50/50 cash raffle was won by Tim Williams. The Ruger P95 pistol (courtesy of Challis LawDog P.C., Curt R. Thomsen) raffle was won by Doyle Lamb. The Remington Model 700, 300 Magnum rifle (courtesy of Sportsman Warehouse) raffle was won by Sarah Baker. The biggest prize of the night, the 2013 Hyde Contender Series Drift Boat was won by Sarah Baker.

Winner takes almost all:
Not only did Sarah Baker place Third in the Big Fish Contest, but she won the rifle and boat! “This is a phenomenal coincidence,” said chamber executive director Melissa Perkins Fitzgerald, “I was as shocked as anyone. She won a Trifecta!” She assures the propriety and integrity of these raffles is valid.

The Party is over but chamber continues…
The Steelhead Events (Derby & Ball) are the largest annual fundraising events for the Challis Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber would like to thank the sponsors, local businesses and community for there support.

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