Twisting by the Pool to Benefit Callaway Community Foundation Fund

“We’ve always had an active foundation and it plays a big part in those little projects that people need. A little bit of help to get over the hump.”

- Christie Pitkin

CALLAWAY—Grab your leis and beach balls and have fun Twisting by the Pool—the fundraising event will take place this Saturday, February 12 at the Callaway Community Center (203 W Kimball St) to benefit the Callaway Community Foundation Fund. Ticket Sales and proceeds from the silent and live auctions will all go back into the Callaway Area Community.

Social hour will go from 6 to 7 p.m. with the silent auction also starting at 6 p.m. Supper at 7 p.m. and the live auction will start at 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8. Contact Christie Pitkin at 308-870-1902, Liana Hrupek at 308-870-2210, or Mike Reiff at 402-203-4381.

KCNI/KBBN spoke with several Callaway Foundation members last week on the Get Up and Go Breakfast Show. Liana Hrupek said the foundation previously held the Boots, Bids, & BBQ dinner and auction but took a couple years off due to COVID. Members thought it would be fun to mix things up and decided on a pool party theme to break up the winter months.

Hrupek said presale tickets are ideal but you can also show up and pay the night of the event. She appreciates the participation from several surrounding communities to make the event possible.

“It’s nice to be able to support the community that’s raising my kids and doing all those things when we’ve lived here our whole lives,” Liana Hrupek said.

Mike Reiff told KCNI/KBBN he appreciates the donors for the variety of auction items that is sure to meet all interests! Check out the Callaway Community Foundation Fund Facebook page for a list of auction items.

Items include but are not limited to Tri-City Storm tickets, Husker tickets, art work, model airplanes, golf packages, beer/wine packages, home décor, hair products, electronics, jewelry, tools, garden accessories, ag packages, auto detailing, gift certificates to local businesses, and much more!

 “We’re probably close to 120 total items and they’re very wide ranging from household things to events, excursions types of things to agriculture of course related,” Mike Reiff said. “It’s across the board, something for everybody. Stuff for agriculture, stuff for the family, whatever you want to have it’s definitely going to be there and we appreciate all of the donors that have contributed.”

Funds raised on Saturday night will help with several projects in Callaway. Foundation members said a possible pool replacement is in the works, the assisted living center, and other grant applications for various improvement tasks.

Previous grant money has been used for a new ambulance and fire truck, cemetery improvements, Callaway Good Life Center, work at the museum and school, and many others.

“We’ve done a lot of different projects. Smaller projects, but you know we’re out and about doing small things. People don’t always see what we’re doing but we are involved with the community in giving out grant money and we enjoy doing that,” Carla Kimball said.

Christie Pitkin believes it is important to take care of the Callaway community and is glad the foundation is there to assist.

Henry Moore of Henry’s bar in Callaway said he is excited to be part of the foundation and help out how he can. It has been one year since the purchase of Hangar 22 and Henry donated the model airplanes that used to hang in the bar. Moore also said a new drink will be introduced on Saturday night—the Callaway Sunrise!

Saturday’s Twisting by the Pool event will be using local help such as high school students serving food, catering done by Shotgun Annie’s, Mrs. Robinson doings appetizers and desserts, Henry’s doing drinks, and Greg Johnson from Oconto will serve as auctioneer.

In addition to the silent and live auctions, past grant recipients have decorated pink flamingos to will be raffled off.

Check out the Twisting by the Pool event at the Callaway Community Center this Saturday night to benefit the Callaway Community Foundation Fund. Contact Christie Pitkin at 308-870-1902, Liana Hrupek at 308-870-2210, or Mike Reiff at 402-203-4381 for tickets.