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Festival for Families charitable efforts already underway

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2013

Rusty Lym, with Festival for Families, recently presented Oklahoma relief effort organizer Jody Guild with a check for $1,000 to help with the project. Courtesy photo

EVANSTON — Work on behalf of those in need by organizers of local charitable group Festival for Families is already under way for the 2013 season, according to Rusty Lym, who helped found the organization.

Things got started off quickly with a $1,000 donation to the Oklahoma tornado victim relief effort organized recently in Evanston by Jody Guild.

“The festival had a special event where we raised extra money to give toward that thousand dollars,” Lym said, “and we want to express our gratitude to Jody and those who are helping in the cause for Oklahoma.”

Aside from that special event, Lym said they are already hard at work to make this year’s Festival for Families event a success.

“This year is our 10th anniversary,” Lym said. “In the past 10 years, we’ve raised $360,000 that’s gone back into Uinta County.”

Lym said Festival for Families will be participating in the Evanston Area Community Golf Tournament on July 27, in addition to their regular event around Christmas.

“Last year, the community foundation gave us $7,500, so we’re hoping to exceed that,” he said. “We want everyone to play in the tournament.”

But before the golf tournament, they are sponsoring a “$10 ball drop.” Tickets can be purchased that entitle the owner to a golf ball with their name on it. The balls are then dropped near the hole; the owner of the ball landing in the whole or closest to it wins half the pot.

And Grizzly Peak Outfitters, which is owned by Lym, is donating an elk hunt to be raffled off. Tickets are $10 each, and proceeds will be divided between Festival for Families and the Evanston High School Classics drill team.

Mulligan proceeds from a golf tournament sponsored by Elkhorn Construction June 15 went to the Festival, as well. Lym noted they had raised $980 in the 2012 tournament.

The annual Festival for Families main event is set for Dec. 7 at the Evanston Machine Shop. Lym mentioned two items already in line to be auctioned at the event are a pair of unique landscape water features that will be installed at the winners’ homes, and a pair of Utah Jazz game tickets donated by Cody and Ashley Bateman. Lym noted they are second row seats with VIP treatment, and are valued at around $800 apiece.

Finally, the annual Blankets of Hope program will honoring those who have received assistance in the past years, but have since passed away.

For more information about the ball drop or elk hunt fundraisers, or for more information about the Festival for Families, contact Lym at (307) 679-0945, Trudy at (307) 679-0745, Chris at (307) 679-6505 or Becci at (307) 679-4111.

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