BROKEN BOW—After months and months of postponing due to COVID-19 restrictions, the “Easton Strong” Poker Run, Silent Auction, and Supper is scheduled for this Saturday, August 1 at the Veterans Building in Broken Bow located at 416 S. 1st Avenue.
Easton Powers, the six-year-old son of Shane & Nichole Powers of Broken Bow, has suffered from partial hearing loss since birth. He has undergone multiple surgeries to remove a cholesteatoma (a skin growth behind the ear drum), the incus bone, construct a new eardrum, and then add a prosthetic bone.
“Throughout all of this, Easton has remained strong and continues to smile! This benefit was created to help the Powers family defray some of the financial stress that Easton’s condition has placed upon them. There is an account set up in the family’s name at Nebraska State Bank in Broken Bow for anyone who cannot attend but would like to contribute. Easton and the Powers family thank you for your support!” from the Easton’s Poker Run & Benefit Facebook page.
A Poker Run will kick off the benefit this Saturday with registration at 10 a.m., the Blessing of the Bikes taking place at 11 a.m., Kick stands up at 11:15 a.m. The route starts at the Vets building in Broken Bow and then includes Mr. Rudy’s in Sargent, Fubar in Anselmo, Jake’s Horses and Harley’s Grille in Arnold, Shotgun Annie’s in Callaway, Sly’s in Broken Bow, and then back to the Vets building to turn in card hands and have supper.
The free-will donation dinner will include sloppy joes, chips, beans, and dessert from 5 to 8 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction with dinner.
A silent auction on the Easton’s Poker Run & Benefit Facebook page is accepting online bids until Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m. In-person bids will begin at 10 a.m. and go thru 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 1st at the Veteran’s building. Saturday morning bids will start with the top bidder from online. Some raffle prizes have already been drawn via Facebook while event organizers waited for a time in which an event date could be set amid COVID-19.
“A lot of people have been asking me how Easton is doing so here’s an update. He is doing great, fully recovered/healed from last surgery and back to his crazy little self! He had his first audiology appointment Friday and we were so hopeful for good news, unfortunately that’s not what we got! They were really hopeful that the prosthetic bone that was placed would help him regain some of his hearing but sadly it did not work ????. On a good note it did not get worse so that’s a blessing! He will have another check in 8 weeks but for now he has been cleared to resume normal activity with no limitations and his favorite part is that he no longer has to wear ear plugs when he is in water! As upsetting as it is that we didn’t get the results we prayed for we are just thankful that it’s not worse and we have a happy healthy 6 year old! We thank everyone for their continued prayers and support it is all so appreciated! #EASTONSTRONG,” Nichole Snyder Powers posted on Facebook in March.
On May 13, the benefit page shared a post from Nichole Powers that stated, “Easton has regained ALL of his hearing! Perfect hearing test results for this kid!! We are beyond grateful for each and every one of you who has supported our family in this journey and prayed for our Easton!”
Contact Dawn Myer with any questions at 308-750-6092 regarding this Saturday’s Poker Run and benefit for Easton Powers.