The Charles Orum Memorial Scholarship Foundation held a Reverse Drawing Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday night, July 10th at Whitehouse Parker on Old Lamesa Road. The drawing was for a Kubota tractor, which was purchased from Terry County Tractor.
Well over 100 people were in attendance in the outdoor tent where music was played by the Kipp Wilks Band.
Delicious steaks were served, cooked by Jerry Weaver and others who assisted with the preparation.
During the meal, Dr. Jim Ridenour, one of the organizers of the event, drew tickets from the bucket in groups of 25, slowly working the way down to that final winning ticket. Every 25th ticket drawn won a $200 cash prize. Only 250 tickets were sold.
When the drawing reached the final 10, bids were taken to purchase on of the final tickets, but no one was selling, as it drew closer to the final ticket.
Oddly, the last two tickets left both belonged to Doug Melcher, the owner of Terry County Tractor. Doug, who was not in attendance, was contacted by phone and stated that he would take the tractor back to the yard and sell it. Whatever he sold the tractor for, he would then donate back to the Orum Scholarship fund. What a guy!
Dr. Jim stated, “We raised right at $45,000 before Doug donated the sale of the tractor, so it was an awesome night.”
A silent auction was also held during the evening, which garnered lots of attention and bids.
Past Orum Scholarship winners were there to thank the folks for their support, and to let everyone know how the scholarship money was being used.
Whitehouse Parker was graciously pouring wine and sangria throughout the evening, as the music played and the drawings were held. It was just one of those spectacular West Texas Evenings where everyone was having fun and the weather was perfect.
Dr. Jim said, “We want to thank some very special people. Certainly Doug and Vicki Melcher for donating the tractor sales back to the fund. Jerry Weaver and the entire cooking crew did a great job on the dinner. Whitehouse Parker and Farmhouse Vineyards for a beautiful venue for the evening and all the work they put in getting it ready. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, attended the event, provided items for the silent auction, and everything else that made the night so special. Thanks to the Meadow FFA kids who helped serve the meal and do other tasks to make the evening flow smoothly. Special thanks to the Kipp Wilks Band for the great entertainment.”
A special night, honoring a special man.