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A weekend for helping others

Christine Kuklica
ckuklica@lahontanvalleynews.com

The Rockin’ Purple Ride is not only a short drive west of Fallon but also an important journey to fight domestic violence.

The ride takes place on Saturday and will start at Fox Peak on Williams Avenue. Registration is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. before the ride commences. Karen Moessner, executive director of DVI, said all motorcycles, trucks and street legal cars may participate in the event. The $10 registration fee provides the vehicle’s driver with a domestic violence awareness pin, a raffle ticket and a meal ticket for lunch.

Moessner said people should decorate vehicles with purple and show support for the cause. Eagles Hall will provide the event space and lunch.

“We are so incredibly grateful for Eagles Hall,” Moessner said.

After lunch, she said a short film will be shown, and speakers will tell of their experiences. The film discusses domestic violence among teens.

“We are hoping to bring awareness to the growing problem among teen dating and domestic violence.” Moessner added.

Later in the day

“Tournament of Talent — a Benefit for Shelly Hubbard” is Saturday at 7 p.m. as organizers present Fallon’s talented performers battling for the top prize.

According to Jane Moon, a co-organizer, said the show is a fundraiser for Hubbard, who is battling Hyperpastic MDS and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Money derived from the talent show will help her with medical expenses.

The committee has worked for months organizing the fundraiser. Moon said auditions were held last week to find performers to fill the 14 slots.

“The Benefit Committee left the selection criteria and process to the expertise of our judges,” said Moon “The following community members were asked and agreed to be our judges: Dana Barton, Patty Fleming, Tom Fleming and Don Keele.”

“From what I can tell, selecting the performers was not easy for our judges. For a small town, Fallon really is filled with many talented people; this was true of the 24 acts that auditioned. So, no, I don’t believe our judges had an easy time selecting the 14 acts which will perform Saturday.”

Moon said attendees can plan on being entertained throughout the night. The “Tournament of Talents” will be held at Churchill County High School theater. The auditorium has 346 seats, and Moon said the committee is hoping to fill every last one of them.

“The acts were judged based on preparation, entertainment value and talent quality,” she added.

Between acts an auction will be held. Five young men have volunteered to be auctioned off to the highest bidder for a date.

“After bidding is closed, each winner will come up to the stage, walk back stage together to meet with our committee member coordinating the dinner dates and sign up for a date, time and location of the date,” said Moon. “A nice simple and friendly dinner date is what will be expected by both parties, regardless of age.”

The young men who are being auctioned include the following: Trevor de Braga, Morgan Dirickison, Jake Johnston, Garrett Kalt, and Ryan Stockard.

All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the following businesses: Cobblestone Corner, First Independent Bank of Nevada, Jeff’s Digitex Printing and Robertson and Koening Optometry.

The Churchill Animal Protection Society is presenting a murder mystery, “Next of Kin,” on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Fallon Convention Center.

The play is about a very generous supporter of CAPS, who has decided to hold a dinner to benefit his favorite charity, which is CAPS. Also coming will be his two sons and their respective wives. Big Daddy’s sister, Philly will also be there to show what support she can muster for her brother’s cause.

Tickets are $30 per person (12 years and older) and allow one turn through the buffet line. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets will be available at the door.