Friday, March 10, 2006

Ivan-a big party

Express Staff Writer

By the look of things Joe Cannon can still rock a crowd. Photo by Willy Cook

A fundraising party for Wood River Valley native and historian Ivan Swaner was held Monday, March 6, at the Roosevelt Tavern in Ketchum. Swaner's Board Ranch log cabin burned down in January.

Entertainer Joe Cannon, who donated his time, "did an absolutely amazing show," said Lisa Vierling, a member of the fundraising committee. "He's known Ivan for such a long time and did it out of his friendship for him. It kicked off our raffle sales for the big fundraising brunch on April 9."

Vierling, who is also a neighbor of Swaner's said she known him for 16 years. "I didn't realize all the things he's done for the community since the 1950s. It's one of the reason's I live here. We all take care of our own here."

Raffle tickets are for sale at the Sun Valley Animal Clinic, World Cup Travel, Hawley Graphics, Apple's, Casino, Sawtooth Club and Roosevelt.

The raffle drawing will be at the Cowboy Brunch at the Sawtooth Club in Ketchum, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 9. The Fabulous Spas will provide the music. Among the silent auction items is a trip to Hawaii.

"It's going to be really, really fun," Vierling added. "Ivan is staying at his nephew's in Melba, south of Meridian. He has a very positive outlook. But you know he lost everything. He's appreciative of all the people who are sending him cards and doing the benefit. It's a great group working on this including people from the Chamber and the American Legion."

To donate to the raffle call Lisa Vierling 726-2683, or Janet Appleton 726-7451.

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