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    Men Who Cook fundraiser set for February 23rd in Riverton

    The United Way of Southwest Wyoming and Graduation Matters Riverton will collaborate for the fourth annual Men Who Cook fundraiser on February 23, 2019.

    Local celebrity chefs will provide small portion meals at the Fremont Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds at 6:00 pm. Currently, thirteen teams of businessmen, school and city administrators, and philanthropists plan to showcase their signature dishes for guests.

    There will also be a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Riverton Chamber of Commerce – one of the event’s sponsors.

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    Slated to cook for the event are Jim Davis of the Riverton Chamber of Commerce; Tom and Jerry Majdic of the County Treasurer’s office, Dallas Myers, John Griffith, and Andrew Coleman of Fremont County School District #25; Scott Morrow of Fremont County School District #14; Jeff Fuller of Fremont County School District #38, Stephen Fast Horse of the Northern Arapahoe Business Council, Dr. Claude Minor, Surgeon at SageWest Health Care; Eric Murphy of the Riverton Police Department; Tom Shroyer of the Lander Police Department; Eric Carr, Tony Tolstedt and Tim Hancock from the City of Riverton, Jason Muehler of Better Life Chiropractic, Brad Tyndall of CWC, Brett Watson of Riverton Junior Football League, Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on desserts provided by Krisden Gaston of Lehman Studios, Tanya Santee of Speeds Heating and Cooling, Roni Roemmich of Sweet Surprises, The Trailhead Restaurant, Joy Pettit from Central Wyoming College, Lander Bake Shop, and the Riverton HS Culinary Arts students.

    Sponsors for the event include Homesource Realty, Re-max All-Star Realtors, Bailey Enterprises, Fremont Orthopaedic, and Tweed’s Wholesale. Other sponsors and dessert donations are still pending confirmation at the time of publication. Anyone wishing to participate can call 307-851-1026 for more information. The United Way of Southwest Wyoming and Graduation Matters Riverton partnered to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to families of newborns in Fremont County in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The strategic plan calls for better kindergarten readiness, higher third-grade reading scores, and improved high school graduation rates – all goals of Fremont County School District #25.

    Research shows reading with your child is the single most important activity to prepare them for school. Having books in the home has the potential to inspire parents to read to their children. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides a new, age-appropriate book, free every month for the first five years of a child’s life—to each enrolled child. Eligibility is based on age and location and nothing else.

    The first book a newborn will receive is The Little Engine that Could. The Dollywood Foundation purchases the books and ships them to the family’s home. United Way of Southwest Wyoming is responsible for paying for the shipping at a cost of $35 per child per year. In 2015, the group received a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation for $21,000 to enroll all 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Fremont County newborns.

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    SageWest Health Care and partners, as well as public health departments, have been distributing the registration forms since then. The group is encouraging families with newborns arriving in 2019 to register with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library online.

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