The Pony Bar will host its annual “Pink in Pony” cancer awareness fundraiser on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 4 p.m. Over nearly a decade, the event has raised nearly $100,000 to help local women get the cancer care they need. (R. Colyer)

Pink in Pony

Annual fundraiser is set for Saturday

PONY—Paula Wilson has been managing the Pony bar for 16 years, but has lived in Pony her entire life. This weekend, she’ll be at the bar like most weekends, but she’ll be accompanied by far more people than usual on a wintry Saturday.

On February 23, the Pony bar will host its annual Pink in Pony auction and benefit. For the past eight years, Wilson and bar owner Scott Lambert have hosted an auction and dinner with live music and dancing, all to benefit local women struggling with cancer diagnoses.

“It was all Scott’s idea,” says Wilson. He just likes to do something to give back to the  community.”

Over its history, Lambert thinks the event has raised over $100,000. He did his research before the inaugural event to ensure the funds raised could have maximum local impact.

“He hunted and hunted for days to make sure the money stays within the state,” Wilson says. “It goes to ladies who can’t afford their mammograms or tests or whatnot.” Last year, the money supported three Madison County women through the services of the Butte Wellness Center, helping them get treatments and procedures they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.

The biggest year, Wilson says, Pink in Pony raised nearly $30,000 after a home in Harrison had been destroyed and a family displaced. That’s when the community really came together to help their fellow residents. But even without a catalytic event like that, she says the event regularly brings in an incredible amount of money—especially considering the size of the community.

“On average we probably bring in $12,000 to $14,000 per year, she says. “The generosity of the people around here is just amazing.”

Plus, where better to spend a cold winter night than at the local watering hole, enjoying food, dancing and fun with all your closest friends?

The 2019 Pink in Pony will kick off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 at the Pony Bar with a live auction. Dinner and music by Sam Platts and the Great Plainsmen will follow, as well as a “Rifle Raffle,” which will give away a Henry Goldenboy .22 to one lucky winner.

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