2017 Bridge Fest winners announced (495)

By Kathryn Swan, JC Correspondent, April 26, 2017

Pawhuska P.E.O. Chapter EM hosted its 9th Annual Bridge Fest on April 22nd at the Velma Oaks Methodist Church family Life Center. The five-game contract progressive tournament featured two levels, seasoned and beginners. Kicking off at 10 a.m., players were treated to a continental breakfast with snacks throughout the day. For lunch, they enjoyed home-made beef and chicken croissants, accompanied by a colorful array of fruit and veggie salads and delectable desserts.

An abundance of attractive door prizes enabled each player to be a winner. Top point winner was Joan VanScoyoc of Bartlesville earning the $50 cash prize. Doris Keeler, also of Bartlesville, came in second for $25 cash prize. Judy Roberts of Tulsa endured the poorest hands but walked away with a great gift-basket.

Mary Kay Warren of Pawhuska took first place in Beginner’s Bridge earning a $25 cash prize. Janet McGregor, also of Pawhuska, garnered second in Beginner’s Bridge and a $10 cash prize. This was McGregor’s second year to participate in Bridge Fest and second win.

Dona Clapp of Barnsdall held the winning ticket for the 50/50 pot. Much to her surprise, Judy Roberts scored a second time when she won the beautifully adorned raffle gift basket.

After her unusual double wins, Roberts said this was her second time to attend Bridge Fest and the second time to win. She expressed appreciation since prior to attending Bridge Fest, she had been ill for three years. Roberts is also a member of the Tulsa P.E.O. Chapter. In true P.E.O. sisterhood, she donated her raffle basket back so that someone else could win. As luck would have it, her Tulsa P.E.O. sister and traveling companion, Sussie Hyden, held the lucky number!

A Bridge Fest tradition involves a traveling balloon that is awarded to whoever wins a trick with a deuce. Linda Boone of Pawhuska held the roaming balloon at the end of the tournament and ended up with a colorful basket filled with assorted goodies. Another tradition is to award a six-pack of Coke Cola to the first player holding zero points. Bridge Fest Chair Lindy Hudson said it has been two years since Bridge Fest has had a winner of this unique award. Sherry Mabry of Bartlesville broke that record when she laughingly accepted her special prize. Dottie Allen served as official Bridge Fest ‘Rules’ person.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women and motivate one another to achieve their highest aspirations. P.E.O. provides women with scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardships of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. P.E.O. offers opportunities for women seeking to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Pawhuska P.E.O. Chapter EM President Libby Strahan served as MC and said, “Over the past eight years, proceeds from our annual Bridge Fest have provided eight scholarships to local women from our Continuing Education Project and two scholarships from our Oklahoma Project. In addition, three scholarships have been awarded to Pawhuska High School seniors.”

CUTLINE/KATHY SWAN – Bridge Fest 2017 Winners: (L-R) Pawhuska P.E.O. EM Bridge Fest winners Sherry Mabry of Bartlesville, Judy Roberts of Tulsa, Doris Keeler of Bartlesville, Linda Boone of Pawhuska, Joan VanScoyoc of Bartlesville, Mary Kay Warren and Janet McGregor of Pawhuska. (Not shown, Dona Clapp of Barnsdall)