Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Bad Larrys entertain the Quick Draw crowd.An AHS student displays a hat auctioned off for a chance at the saddle.
Tom McCoy works on his Quick Draw painting. See page 2 for more photos.The Absarokee High School Class of 2017Mary Wherry, with the saddle she won at the Quick Draw.Tom Wolfe hard at work on his Quick Draw painting

Quick Draw brings in more than $30,000

The notes of a string bass, the warm tones of friendly conversation, and the rapid chatter of an auctioneer could all be heard in the Absarokee gym last weekend as the high school held its 27th annual Quick Draw and Art Auction.
The Quick Draw drew a crowd of about 425, and the auction alone raised approximately $32,500.
This year, the featured Quick Draw artists, tasked with creating their masterpieces in mere hours while on view for the curious eyes of the public, were Lance Johnson, Steve Kerr, Tom McCoy, Sam Harrington, and Tom Wolfe.
As the artists toiled away on their artwork, the Quick Draw crowd was entertained by the Bad Larrys, a musical duo from the Flathead Valley. Comprised of bassist Chris Arndt and guitarist Jay Aiken, the band put a unique twist on a variety of songs ranging from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” to Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
In addition to the artwork created at the event, the hall of Absarokee High School was lined with artwork donated by various local artisans and groups. The program listed 66 donating artisans along with 14 additional donations.
The various items were auctioned off during the evening in both a silent and live auction, the latter of which was orchestrated by Rick Young and Sons Auctioneering.
Tom Wolfe’s on-site painting proved to be the night’s most expensive, going for $2,000.
Another coveted item at the event was a hand-crafted saddle by Tyler Bond. Throughout the night, 10 hats were auctioned off, and at the end of the event, the numbered hats were eliminated until only one remained. Mary Wherry proved to be the big winner. Wherry, a former Absarokee resident, is a contract medic for Comprehensive Health Care Services in Iraq. She returns to the area once a year specifically for the Quick Draw.
The Quick Draw is sponsored by the Absarokee Vocational Advisory Council (VAC). Founded in 1980, the VAC has evolved into a “financial advocate” for Absarokee graduates.
The Absarokee Class of 2017 is composed of 10 seniors who will benefit from the money raised at the Quick Draw. In addition to providing scholarships, 10 percent of the Quick Draw proceeds are split between the Absarokee High School BPA, FFA, and FCCLA clubs.
Since 1991, the annual Quick Draw fundraiser has raised over $480,000.