Tavern Association plays Santa and donates $30k to charities

By 
Alastair Baker
News Editor
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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Members of the Carbon Stillwater Tavern Association (CSTA) with their donation check for $30,175 to local charities.

The Carbon Stillwater Tavern Association (CSTA) recently donated $30,175 to various charitable causes. 

The donations were broken down into various categories ranging from someone needing help with medical bills ($5,000); School food programs ($4,500); MSUB scholarships (one for each county) ($2,100); Local food banks ($2,500); Local Senior Citizen Centers/programs ($4,000); Disabled Veterans (specifically Operation: No Person Left Behind) ($3,000); Other/various needs/causes in the local communities ($8,000). 

“A 100% of the monies raised is given away and all the work that goes into raising the money is volunteered,” said Jim Johnson, CSTA member.

“The money raised came from four fund-raising events,” said Johnson. “The largest is our annual fund-raising dinner / auction / 50/50 raffles, etc. The next was the raffling off of a horse, thanks to Dawn Campbell of Bridger who donated it and helped bring in about $5,000; the third a raffling off of a "Nas-cart" go-cart, and then a golf tournament.”

The reasoning behind such generosity said Johnson was because “we simply want to be good neighbors in the communities/towns in which we live.”

“We live, work, play, raise our children in the towns in which we have businesses. Our communities support us, and we are privileged to be able to join together and give back. Again, being good neighbors is what it's all about,” he said.

The CSTA is made up of bar/tavern owners from both Carbon and Stillwater counties. CSTA officers: President - Katrina Stevens, Chrome Bar, Absarokee; Vice President - Kam Stevens, Silver Strike, Red Lodge; Secretary - Gena Pluid, New Atlas, Columbus; Treasurer - Claire Poppler, Snow Creek Saloon, Red Lodge. 

Not all bars are members of the CSTA. For information contact Claire Poppler at 698-3158 or at cpopper75@gmail.com.