Final preparations are underway as the Pawhuska Chamber gears up for its 2014 Annual Gala and Auction.

The Hollywood inspired event takes place this Friday, March 28, at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. The theme is Hollywood Osage County.

The 6 p.m. social will also open the silent auction which includes dozens of items.

Silent auction items include a Kentucky Derby Party for 30, jewelry, gift certificates, assorted art work, wall hangings, Pendleton products, and pastries. Bidders will compete for golf, theater and casino packages, serving pieces, home services, clothing, facials and more. Vacation packages include Branson and a 2-night stay at the Historic Whiting Bed & Bath Hotel. A variety of dinners are also up for grabs.

The Pawhuska Fire Department is once again offering its popular fire truck ride for some lucky youngster’s first day of school.

Live auction items feature homemade pies by some of Pawhuska’s finest cooks, Bison on the Hoof, a Duncan Hotel painting by Les Stark, and an over-night stay at the Mayo Hotel. Also up for grabs will be a Rugger 10/22 Carbine Rifle w/Factory installed laser and a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun. Dinner packages for 8, 16 and 20 are being offered by Tim & Missy Drummond’s, Chef Jeremy Taylor, and the Chamber sponsored fish fry at the infamous Boulanger house.

Reservations are $40 per person. A donation of $600 sponsors a table for eight; preferred seating and the sponsor’s name will be listed in the program.

The gala is the Chamber’s major fundraiser for the year.

"The Chamber greatly appreciates the City’s subsidy, but it can’t possibly cover all the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce does," Executive Director Mike McCartney said.

McCartney said the Chamber created and sponsors the quarterly "Lunch and Learn" classes held at the Pawhuska Business Development Center. Participation continues to increase for these uplifting educational programs.

In addition, the new Leadership Pawhuska class will kick off this fall. Also underway is the Pawhuska Lake project and Ranchers’ Plaza.

"We hope to have the Blacksmith Shop completed in the next few months," said McCartney. "We also sponsored the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo here in Pawhuska and again sponsored the Cavalcade Rodeo Queen Saddle. These are just a few things we do with the donations.

"The Pawhuska Chamber has worked very hard and pushed the redevelopment of the historic downtown. We also continue to sponsor the Cattlemen’s Welcome Art Show & Party. This year, we are adding a Cowboy Trade Days. Other Chamber sponsored activities include the 4th of July Freedom Day Celebration, Cavalcade Street Dance, Rocket Launch, National Indian Taco Championship and, of course, the Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade."