Pawhuska P.E.O.’s 2015 Bridge Fest winners announced

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
Pawhuska P.E.O.’s 2015 Bridge Fest winners announced

Pawhuska’s P.E.O. Chapter EM hosted its 7th Annual Bridge Fest on April 18, at the Methodist Church family Life Center.

The theme “Friends Forever” involved four-game contract progressive bridge where players progress on tables and change partners. The tournament kicked off at 10 a.m. Players were treated to a continental breakfast and snacks throughout the day. For lunch, they enjoyed a colorful array of salads and delectable desserts.

The abundance of attractive door prizes enabled each player to be a winner. Top point winner was Jean Thompson of Bartlesville who chalked up 4,530 points to earn the $50 cash prize. Carol Lewellen of Bartlesville came in second with 3,980 points and a $25 cash prize. Deanna Cooper of Ponca City endured the poorest hands but walked away with a great prize. Ann Lockett of Fairfax won a beautiful basket as winner of the raffle. Joan Van Scoyoc of Bartlesville won the 50/50 pot. Becky Rasberry of Pawhuska took top first place in Beginner’s Bridge earning a $20 cash prize.

Carol Blake, also of Pawhuska, ended up with the Deuce Prize which was a colorful basket filled with assorted goodies. According to Bridge Fest Chair, Betty Russell, “The deuce prize travels throughout the day. Whoever wins a trick with a deuce is awarded the traveling balloon. Blake held the lucky balloon at the end of the day.” Another tradition is to award a six-pack of Coke Cola to the first player holding no points. “This year, no one qualified which is a good thing,” chuckled Russell. 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. Bridge Fest is a P.E.O. approved fundraiser that assists with these projects.

Approximately 8,300 women from all fifty states and 85 different countries have graduated from Cottey College since the first class in 1887. Cottey College has been owned and operated by P.E.O. since 1927.

More than 85,000 women have benefited from $210 million in financial assistance through P.E.O. Since 1907, more than $130 million has been provided through P.E.O.’s Educational Loan Fun. International Peace Scholarships total $27 million since 1949. Since 1973, P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grants are more than $38 million while Scholar Awards are more than $14 million since 1991 and Star Scholarships are more than $1 million since 2009.