Rotarys annual Dollars for Scholars event will take place Tuesday, April 1

The Rotary Club of Crook County will mix a lot of fun with some serious fund raising on Tuesday, April 1, all to benefit its college scholarship fund.

The club, in conjunction with Horizon Broadcasting, will host the 19th annual "Dollars for Scholars" radiothon from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., airing live from the Bowman Museum. The broadcast will feature local Rotarians playing song requests for listeners and reading local business advertisements for those who contribute to the fund.

Benefiting Crook County High School students seeking to further their education, the fund has raised over $182,000 since 1996, with $13,000 in scholarship money awarded to the 2013 graduating class.

KRCO Country's Greatest Hits, AM 690 and FM 96.9, will contribute all of the airtime to make the event possible, and will feature Horizon Broadcasting Group personalities Dave Clemens and Donna Britt, along with a few surprise guests.

The Rotary's Facebook page is full of success stories from local students that have received financial assistance from the Rotary.

Scholarship awardee Ashley Bondurant Smith was able to earn her Bachelors and Masters Degrees and obtain an Oregon teaching license.

"By providing me with the opportunity to receive scholarships, groups such as the Crook County Rotary have given me the ability to pay for college and give back to the community through service programs without having to spend so much time working to pay off loans," she said. "Without scholarships, I would not have had real hands-on experiences that prepared me for my chosen career."

Tyler Rockwood, in his second year at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Ind., is working towards a double major in Computer Science and Software Engineering. A perennial Dean's List student, Rockwood has secured an internship as a technical undergraduate at the aviation technology and communications company Rockwell.

A group leader for the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes Group, Rockwood runs hurdles and plays defensive back for the football team.

"I want to thank the Rotary Club of Crook County for investing in my education," said Rockwood, "and helping me ease the financial burden and stress of college."

New to the fundraiser this year, local businesses on North Main Street will offer sales specials in a day-long "Block Party," held in conjunction with the radio broadcast.

According to Rotary President Mike Hornback, the block party is a great new synergy between the club and local business.

"The businesses taking part are buying radio ads that will run on Tuesday during our broadcast," he said. "And, all of that money will go to the scholarship program."

Hornback wants listeners to pay special attention to the silent auction that will take place on Tuesday as well.

"People can bid on any auction item on our Facebook page, or call us on Tuesday," he explained, adding that the items will be on display at the Museum.

Hornback thinks people will be especially interested in bidding on the item donated by Solstice Brewing.

"Whomever posts the winning bid on this item will spend the day with owner and brew master Joe Barker, working in the brewery," said Hornback, "They will also sample some free beer and have lunch."

Other auction items include an overnight stay at Brasada Ranch, in their two bedroom sage cabin, along with four rounds of golf, a Shasta Leather Works handbag, and gift baskets from Prineville Lavender and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Rotary "Dollars for Scholars" event takes place on Tuesday, April 1, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call KRCO's request line at 541-447-6239, during that time, to make a donation or to bid on an auction item.

To purchase a business ad or request a song (remember it’s April Fools, so have fun!), contact your favorite Crook County Rotary member, call Rotary President Mike Hornback at 541-447-5524, or visit the club's Facebook page at, or their website at

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