The big game on the big screen

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Crook County Foundation is holding a fundraiser at the Pine Theater during the Civil War football game

by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Civil War on Silver Screen

This year, Crook County Duck and Beaver football fans will get the chance to watch the Civil War game on the big screen — the very big screen.
   On Dec. 3, the game will be shown on the Pine Theater movie screen as part of the Crook County Foundation’s “Civil War on the Silver Screen” fundraiser.
   “We looked at a couple of different venues,” said planning committee co-chair Donna Mohan, “and this seemed like a perfect fit — the big game on the big screen.”
   Along with the chance to watch the game on a movie theater screen, patrons will receive food, beverages, and can participate in a “best dressed duck and beaver” contest, “best fight song contest,” and silent auction.
   “We have some great (gift) baskets,” Mohan said, regarding the items up for bid in the auction. “We have a lot of Beaver gift items, Duck items, a camping basket, a sportsman basket.” The auction will go on throughout the duration of the game, closing at the game’s end, Mohan added.
   As for the “best dressed” and “fight song” contests, competitors have a shot at a cash prize. Winners of each contest will be awarded $50.
   “It could pay to go to this event,” Mohan said.
   In addition to raising money for their organization, the Crook County Foundation planned this event to raise awareness of the Foundation in the community.
   “They’re looking at this as a fundraiser,” Mohan said, “but also as a way to get their name out there and let people know what the Crook County Foundation does.”
   “Our main mission is to bring the community together,” said Crook County Foundation executive director Kristi Steber, “to engage the community and encourage greater collaboration.”
   Steber went on to say that the foundation provides college scholarships for Crook County High School graduates, leadership training through Leadership Crook County. The Foundation also encourages arts and cultural activities in the community, their most visible being the Picnic in the Park concerts during the summer.
   As far as the Civil War on the Silver Screen event goes, Steber said the event is as much about providing an enjoyable community event as it is about fundraising.
   “It will go for general support for the Foundation,” she said. “But, it was an event for the community.”