Dalhart resident driving in style in PT Cruiser
By Robin Scott
The Annual Barta Bash enjoyed a great success in its fourth year this past weekend. The Bash was held at Rita Blanca Coliseum and nearly 400 people attended. The Bash raises money for area families in need and its annual fundraiser showcases local bands.
The Bash got underway at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th. Along with proceeds from ticket sales, t-shirt sales and food sales, the highlight of this year’s Bash was a chance to win a brand new 2007 PT Cruiser. The raffle was made possible through the efforts of the RJ Barta Foundation that sponsors the Bash each year and XIT Dodge.
Raffle tickets for the vehicle went on sale about a month before the Bash. Area residents also had an opportunity to purchase tickets and see the Cruiser during the Annual Block Party held on September 18th in downtown Dalhart. The winner of the PT Cruiser was a very happy Alice White. White and her husband are the owners of Anspacher Financial Services here in Dalhart. It didn’t take long to head to XIT Dodge to get the paperwork signed, sealed and delivered, and White can already be seen driving around the streets of Dalhart in her cool new ride.
This year’s event brought in more than $20,000. The cost for a ticket to enjoy the six local bands was the lowest in its four-year history. People buying a raffle ticket for the Cruiser had the cost of entry into the Bash included in the cost of the raffle ticket. When all was said and done, two different area families were each able to receive $1,700. According to Mike Sells, who coordinates the Bash each year, “After we paid for the vehicle, the sound company, getting the t-shirts made and other costs, we netted $3,400 which we were able to split between the two families. We were very happy about the total net profits as we really weren’t sure how raffling off a vehicle would go.”
Within just a couple of days of the event concluding and the bills getting paid, Mike Sells wrote out two checks for the recipients. Sells noted, “Both of the women that we helped really needed it as they both have health issues. One of the major costs that many people don’t realize is their travel expense to go back and forth to health care providers that aren’t in the area. We are so glad to help relieve that burden.”
Sells also noted that each band that performed at the Bash volunteered their time. Three bands traveled from Amarillo and included, Six Gun Serenade, Unspoken Rage and In the Wake. Two bands traveled from Guymon and included Bipolar Echo and Eightballs and a Box. And from right here in Dalhart was the highly anticipated Overload. Overload includes Louis Griego from Amarillo, Lee Talvitie, Jeremy Jones and Mike Sells of Dalhart. Many may recognize Lee Talvitie as one of a handful of photographers at Golden Wolves football games on Friday nights.
Sells also reported that the use of transportation for people after the Bash was a success again this year. He noted, “Several people utilized the transportation. This was the second year and we plan to continue that in the future. The cost for the service is very low for the two busses to come from Clayton for the night. It was well worth the expense.”
Jesse Torres, Radio Personality for KXIT Radio, broadcast live from the event. Many may have noticed that he dropped off of the airways the next week as he was out sick. He did comment on the Bash, however, noting, “It isn’t our Bash, but we sure do enjoy being a part of it. The music is very good and the talent is excellent. It is something that we really look forward to.”
For more information about the Barta Bash and how the RJ Barta Foundation helps area families visit www.rjbarta.org.