Rogers County Youth Services is hosting a BBQ dinner and auction at Underwood Cattle Ranch in Verdigris, located at 26655 S. 4130 Road, on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event begins at 4:30 p.m.

The “Embers of Hope” event will feature world-renowned fiddler Jana Jae, who was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame last month. She is best known for her performances on “Hee Haw.”

The fundraising event will include auctioned items such as a helicopter ride and dinner at Molly’s Landing with Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, a four-night stay at a condo in Colorado, a sunset sail at Oologah Lake, a round of golf at Patriot Golf Course, a “Date Night for a Year” package, a tour of News on 6 with Lori Fullbright, a day fishing with Dick Faurot, and an iconic blue fiddle signed personally by Jana Jae.

The mission of Rogers County Youth Services is to positively impact families and youth throughout the community, which includes the schools.

“With the challenges schools face, our heart’s desire is to compliment them with services,” said Steve Blahut, Executive Director of RCYS.

Abused and neglected kids in state custody who are unable to remain in their homes come to the center with hopes they can return to their own homes, a foster home or a group home, he said.

The organization also provides a first-time offender program for juveniles and their families.

The non-profit organization has served over 500 in a year’s time through the shelter, parenting classes or other individual, family and group services.

However, the continuation of this mission is only possible with the generous support of those willing to invest in the future of the community, Blahut said.

To assist RCYS in continuing its mission, cost of the BBQ dinner is $30. RCYS is also raffling a pair of Southwest Airline tickets — the cost of each entry is $20. The winner will be announced at the event and does not need to be present in order to win.

For ticket information, contact 918-341-7580, ext. 6. RCYS is partially supported by Rogers County United Way.

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