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Councilors Determine Organizations Advancing to Next Community Promotions Funding Round

Anthony Pollreisz, K2 Radio

Casper City Council determined that 19 of the 36 events vying for community promotions funding did meet specific program guidelines. Those 19 events will move on to the next funding determination round.

Councilors considered whether each event met guidelines pertaining to economic development, city facility use, potential outside visitor attendance and overall city and resident benefit. The event was then given a “pass” or “fail” result.

Casper mayor Kenyne Schlager said councilors will determine now whether each event is worthy of funding.

“The next step will actually be another round of voting – it’s be more simplified than this, it’ll be a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote,” Schlager said. “Then we’ll tally all of those votes and move on to the third step.”

Schlager said the third round will involve figuring out how much funding each organization will receive.

The 12-24 Club, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, the Mercer Family Resource Center and Serve Wyoming were among the organizations that will not have their events move on to the next round.

The Casper Amateur Hockey Club, Casper Marathon, the Casper Soccer Club and the Downtown Casper Business Association are among the organizations that will advance.

Councilors will have made their second round decisions by Tuesday.

 

Organizations/events moving on to the next round:

- The Casper Amateur Hockey Club is asking for funds to offset costs associated with its upcoming hockey season.
- The Casper Figure Skating Club is asking for money to put on its 2013 holiday show.
- Casper Marathon is asking for money to help put on its annual marathon event.
- The Casper Downtown Development Authority is asking for funds for a downtown banner program.
- The Casper Soccer Club is asking for funds for its Casper Fall Classic, Casper Spring Jamboree and Rocky Mountain Indoor Cup events.
- The Central Wyoming Skating Association is asking for funds for its annual spring ice show.
- The Community Recreation Foundation is asking for funds for a crafts fair.
- The Downtown Casper Business Association is asking for funds to help put on its annual Christmas parade and the Downtown Hot Air Balloon Festival.
- Nicolaysen Art Museum is asking for funds for the 2014 Nic Fest.
- Special Olympics Wyoming is asking for funds for its winter games event, next year’s fall tournament and the G. Michael Perry Softball Tournament.
- Stage III Community Theater is asking for funds for the Middle Platte Renaissance Festival.
- Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps is asking for funds for its annual dodgeball tournament.
- The Wyoming Fiddlers Association is asking for money to help put on the Rocky Mountain Regional Fiddlers Championship, a music festival and the Artisans’ Fair.
- The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is asking for money for its upcoming concert season.

Organizations/events not moving on to the next round:

- The 12-24 Club requested funding for its Sober St. Patrick’s Day, Race for Recovery, Recovery Rally and First Night Casper events.
- An organization requested money for an academic awards banquet.
- The Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming requested funds for its summer camp next year.
- Casper Children’s Chorale asked for funds for various community performances. Additionally, the Casper Civic Chorale also asked for funds for its 2013-2014 concert season.
- The Casper Museum asked for funds to produce a program called “Museum Minute” for The Brian Scott Show on KTWO-AM.
- The Central Wyoming Fair Association asked for funds for the Downtown Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival and next year’s Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo.
- The Mercer Family Resource Center asked for funds for the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force, its Youth Empowerment Council and its family day event.
- Nicolaysen Art Museum asked for funds for future Wednesday Night Live events.
- Special Olympics Wyoming asked for funds for the 2014 Jackalope Jump.
- Serve Wyoming asked for funds for fall and spring volunteer guides.

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