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June 8, 2014

Commerce sells out Bid Bash

DUNCAN — The Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual Bid Bash is already sold out.

With less than a week remaining, the Chamber is focused on collecting more donations for the event, which benefits the Food For Kids program through the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank and Chamber capital improvement projects.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

“I love all our events, but this is probably my favorite,” Sandy Stewart, director of investor services for the Chamber, said. “Part of the proceeds go to feed hungry children. How can you not love that?”

Stewart said each year between 24 and 26 tables are sold for the event. Each table holds about eight people. This year, tickets for all the tables have been sold, which means the event itself will bring in other funds to help the sponsored projects.

Of the money raised by the event each year, traditionally $3,000 to $4,000 goes to the Food For Kids program. Last year, $12,000 was donated to the program, Stewart said.

That’s a goal Stewart wants to meet or exceed this year.

“We’re at max, so that’s good,” she said.

Chamber President Chris Deal said the Food For Kids program helps provide backpacks of food to children throughout the school year as a way to make sure children don’t go hungry during the weekends.

Deal said 54 percent of Duncan students are on free or reduced lunches, which makes them more likely to receive a backpack. Teachers and other school personnel keep an eye out for children who may not be getting enough food and supply them with the backpacks each Friday.

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