Lady Elks raise more than $2,000 with fundraiser 
by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Biding their time behind “bars” are (L-R): Jerry Stewart, Dick Fasteen, Gilmer Perry, Bob McDonald and Martin Thompson. (Submitted photo) 

No one in town was really safe from the “long arm of the law” on Thursday, May 16, even though that “long arm” carried phony charges along with it.

Lady Elks members Kelly Everhart, Renee Scott and Leslie Richman, along with five-year Elks Trustee, Matt Bixby, patrolled the streets and “arrested” local people on a variety of trumped-up charges, and then offered them a chance to pay their bail or go to jail. The “jail” was set up at the Burns Elks Lodge where those served with a fake warrant were lodged until they had their chance to plead their case in front of Judge Candy Tiller. The “criminals” were also given a chance to decrease the amount of their bail by doing jumping jacks or hula hooping.
At the end of the day, the Lady Elks had raised more than $2,000 in the “Jail and Bail” fundraiser.
The Lady Elks were re-established last year, and have raised more than $4,000 in the past year for repairs to the Elks Lodge and for a youth scholarship program for the 2014 school year. The President is Candy Tiller, Vice President is Kay Rutherford,  secretary is Diane Ashton-Rollins, treasurer is Eddy Fields, and there are 13 members.
 Half of the funds raised in the Jail and Bail scheme go toward replacing the vent in the Elks Lodge kitchen, and half to the Lady Elks Scholarship program. 
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Burns Elks Lodge or the Lady Elks, may contact Candy Tiller at 541-573-1955 or Kelly Everhart at 541-589-4980. 

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