Stampede Club Donates to Worthy Causes
By Vicky McCray News-Editor, Judith Basin Press
Once again the Stampede Club did what they do best: contributed to the various communities in Judith Basin County, as well as one community in Fergus County. Tuesday afternoon President Bruce Belluomini and Secretary-Treasurer Mike Kirby handed out checks to Rose Schindler, Ron Peevey, and Ann Evans. A representative for the Denton swimming pool was not available to accept the check.
Schindler accepted a check for $500 to be used for the swimming pool fund. This money will come in handy for the maintenance of the pool, such things as chemicals to ensure the cleanliness of the pool and electricity to keep the pool at a comfortable swimming temperature. A check for $100 was given to Ron Peevey for use in the Utica Community Hall project. The chairman of the project, Peevey told Belluomini and Kirby the money would be used to help defer the cost of electrical work needed at the hall. Peevey said the electrical work needs to be done before the project can continue in other areas of renovation. Ann Evans accepted a $200 check for the Central Montana Youth Justice Council (YJC). A council composed of high school students and adult volunteers from the three counties that make up the 10th Judicial District of Montana, YJC reviews juvenile offenders diverted from Youth Court and works with them and their families for three to six months. The purpose of the council is to restore minor and first-time offenders to their communities through restitution, promoting a more positive lifestyle for the offenders and helping them to improve their decision-making skills. The Denton swimming pool fund is also $100 richer after today’s Stampede Club donation.
The Stampede Club is a non-profit, charitable organization that gives back anywhere from $6,000 to $7,500 annually. The communities that benefit from their giving include Denton, Geyser, Hobson, Stanford, Windham and Utica. These funds are dispersed through application and continuing support. “The Stampede Club asks these communities to continue supporting the rodeo,” said Belluomini, “as well as the Sweepstakes dinner in November.” It is through mutual support of this type that organizations such as Stampede Club survive and are able to help the small communities thrive.