First Annual Oktoberfest Raises Money for Greater Paris Rotary
Paris’ First Annual Oktoberfest, hosted by the Greater Paris Rotary Club, kicked off at Buffalo Joes, located at 3338 NE Loop 286 here in Paris, TX on October 5th, 2013, from 12PM-3PM. Overcast skies made for a nice atmosphere for today’s event and kept everyone comfortable for this indoor/outdoor event. Today’s event brought to life a completely unique event to help raise money for the many causes they fund each year. Their main project is the Healthy Smiles Program. This program supplies free dental screenings to local area children and provides them with sealants and other work as necessary. Local dentists team up with the Rotary Club to help make this needed project a success! The Greater Paris Rotary Club also gives out 10-12 college scholarships each year to Lamar County students, numerous GED scholarships to help those in need get the education necessary to join the workforce and continue their education, and they also choose 8 random families at Christmas time to make the season just a little more enjoyable for children who may not have received any gifts otherwise. RYLA is also an ongoing project and our local Rotary Club sends 12-14 high school juniors each year to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards!
Included with the $20 cover charge, you got some tasty sausage, kraut, German Potato Salad and rye bread. Samples were provided by Ben E Keith Distribution and the event was sponsored by Chapman Rentals and Sales, Buffalo Joes, and Peoples Bank. Live music, great food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere provided a recipe for fun to be had by all in attendance!
Another fundraiser that this worthy program has going currently is their Football Frenzy. For just $20 a book, you get the opportunity to play your chance to win prizes based on Monday Night Football! The money raised goes to the previously mentioned charities as well as allowing the Rotary to team up with other charities, such as Dylan’s Drivers and Reading to the Future. The volunteers of this great organization spend their time and money helping out the youth of Lamar County and these fundraisers are a terrific way to get Lamar County involved in helping as well!
WE ARE COMMUNITY!
- Article & photography by Ashley Poor