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August 8, 2009

Desserts to go

• Boots and Bandanas raises money for Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency

Organizers of the Boots and Bandanas Dinner and Dessert Auction hope this year’s event helps fill a growing need in Stillwater.

The money raised at the event goes to Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency, which will use the money for the Mission of Hope, Stillwater Community Health Center and Family Support Services.

The people the agency serves especially need help this year, said Suzanne Carpenter, Boots and Bandanas planning committee member, particularly at the health center.

“When health care is so expensive, they go there,” she explained. “The good thing about the health clinic is it gets people well so they don’t get sicker and sicker and end up in the ER, which they can’t pay for.”

With the economy in the state it’s in, COCAA’s food distribution program is also growing. Families used to be limited to help every three months, said Faith Based Development Coordinator Clara Lewis, but now COCAA has changed the limit to every two months.

From April through June, the agency gave food baskets — each containing enough food for three meals a day for three days — to 345 families, feeding 1,011 individuals, Lewis said.

“We have people, oh my goodness, just every day,” she said.

The daily food pantry gave out food to 254 more families, she added, and the agency also offers help with utilities and rent.

To help, the seventh annual Boots and Bandanas Dinner and Dessert Auction will be Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at White Barn Pavilion. The event includes a barbecue dinner and a live auction of desserts made by local chefs and other specialty items donated for the event.

Carpenter mentioned several special items donated: a French dinner for eight from John and Caroline Linehan, a lunch for eight with OSU basketball Coach Travis Ford at Joseppi’s and baklava on demand from Maureen Razook. She said she would make the baklava at the time the auction winner wants it, Carpenter said.

“People are encouraged to be casual,” she said, adding that some people choose to dress in western attire to suit the evening’s theme.

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