Mark your calendars for Pints for Polio

Amber Mansfield
Staff Writer

It's almost time to clink glasses for polio as The Greater Rotary Club brings the 3rd Annual Pints for Polio to Howard County on March 24 at the downtown Courtyard, located on 11`9 S Main St, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Pints for Polio is a beer and wine sampling event. Proceeds go toward the Rotary’s International Polio Eradication Project, and also to the Rotary’s local projects within the community.
“In the early 80's, the number of polio cases was out the roof and was a genuine fear,” said Barney Dodd, one of the event organizers. “Today there are less than 20 cases a year, but we want to completely eradicate polio and this is one way to help that cause.”
The Rotary Club is teaming up with Glazers Distributors and Porter's, who both will donate 40 different beers and wines for the guests of Pints for Polio to sample at the event. Each guest will also receive three tickets sto redeem for a full glass of your favorite sample, along with a commemorative pint or wine glass. Also featured at this year's fundraiser, attendees can expect light hors d'oeuvres for snacking.
Live entertainment by Spur 327, a four-man band based in Lubbock, will also be on tap for this event, along with items up for auction, and of course a variety of adult beverages.
“We will have a live and silent auction again this year. Some of the things that will be up for auction are signed jerseys and sports memorabilia from pro athletes such as Jason Witten, Dak Prescott and a few other big names,” said Dodd. “We will also have some very special things up for auction that people will not want to miss out on. We are just trying to do our part to help a greater good and get the community involved. Pints for Polio serves a purpose of not only providing assistance to the cause of eradicating polio, but it's also a way for people of the community to come together and have a little fun.”
Half of the proceeds go to fight the cause for Polio, and the other half goes to The Greater Rotary Club to help aid in their other community helping services. Tickets are on sale today, and they can be purchased at any of the following locations: The Big Spring Visiting Center, The Train Car, Big Spring Chamber of Commerce, and also from any member of the Rotary Club.
“If you buy them now, the tickets are $30 a person and $50 for a couple. On the day of the event, every ticket will run $30 a person,” said Dodd. “It's getting bigger every year, and this year we are hoping to fill The Courtyard capacity of 400 people. I encourage everyone to come and have some responsible fun while serving a greater cause.”

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