Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where the poop hits the road

Road apple roulette supports scholarships and many other good causes


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Cowboys in a hurry to leave camp used to say, "Let's make like horse poop and hit the trail."

If the poop hits the trail in the right spot for players of road apple roulette during the Fourth of July Parade in Hailey next Wednesday, it can mean result in big winnings.

Hailey Rotary's main fundraiser, the road apple roulette game, takes place during the parade. Via GPS satellite, the parade route is sectioned off into 10,000 squares that are each designated a number. If, during the parade, a horse happens to drop a "road apple" on your square, your name goes into a drum for the prize drawing at the end of the parade.

If you have purchased multiple squares, your name is entered for each square a "road apple" happens to hit. The list of donated prizes this year includes a Sun Valley ski pass, ski equipment packages, a Mexico vacation home package, 42-inch TV and rounds of golf.

A major portion of the funds raised from the game go to provide college scholarships for graduating seniors throughout Blaine County.

"We were able to give out about $25,000 last year in scholarships," said Shelley Seibel, rotary member and financial advisor at Edward Jones in Hailey.

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Other funds raised go to a variety of special causes, events and charities that include the Hunger Coalition, Wood River Family Connection, Wood River Middle School Environmental Camp, Trailing of the Sheep, Flourish Foundation and Blaine County Heritage Court.

The Hailey Rotary also supports international programs such as Make a Difference Now, Bahia Water Project and Stove Team International.

"Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world," states a memo provided by Seibel.

There are 10,000 squares up for grabs, priced at $5 each. Tickets can be obtained from Hailey Rotary Club members, various businesses around town or online at www.roadappleroulette.org/tickets.

The announcement of the winners will be held right after the finish of the Fourth of July parade. Winners will be posted on www.roadapplerouletter.org as well as be notified by phone.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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