By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: April 2010
Jenks Chamber of Commerce staff Annette Bowles, president, Josh Driskell, director of communications and public affairs, and Tracie O’Banion (seated), director of member services, show a Remington bronze statue that will be included in their first-ever live auction at Buckskin, Boots & BBQ.
Forget the fancy clothes and high heels. Grab your favorite jeans and cowboy boots and scoot out to the Perryman Ranch on Thursday, April 29. Enjoy some great barbecue with all the fixins’ and a live auction at Buckskin Boots & BBQ, sponsored by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s spring event is the first of its kind. It’s far from the elegant banquet and silent auctions hosted the past eight years. “This year we wanted to try something new,” says Annette Bowles, Chamber president. “There’s no fussing. People can loosen up after work and just relax and have a good time.”
Buckskin Boots & BBQ will provide a casual setting to mingle and network with business people and professionals. Pre-auction entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. Fill your plates at 6:30, and then get ready to go to bidding war in the first-ever live auction, featuring a wide variety of items and services donated by local businesses.
The lineup, presented by David Hurst, includes an authentic Remington bronze statue, BOK corporate box tickets for upcoming events, Daytona 500 tickets, hotel getaways, OU, OSU and TU sports baskets, a $1,500 certificate for roofing, season sports passes for Jenks High School athletics, luxury spa services, tickets to three youth basketball tournaments, original paintings, and many themed packages.
A special card game during the reception will give players a chance to win extra cash before the bidding starts or to use at the cash bar.
Tickets for Buckskin Boots & BBQ are $15 per person. Proceeds from the event will be used to further the Chamber’s efforts in showing people why this down-home community is the place to live, to work and to have fun. Jenks has been featured in “Southern Living” magazine several times, and “Money” magazine recently named Jenks the 43rd best place to live in the entire nation.
Every day Chamber staff members have the opportunity to highlight the beauty, uniqueness and business-friendly environment of the town – in person, by phone or email – whether people are looking at Jenks as a destination for a day or relocating as permanent residents.
Annette says that along with this newest event, they are pleased to showcase “a treasure in Jenks” at the historic Perryman Ranch. Since 1898, before Oklahoma statehood, Longhorn cattle, horses and white buffalo have roamed the ranch. And they still do. It is believed to be the only working ranch that remains in Tulsa County.
Along with Perryman Ranch, sponsors for the event are Bancfirst, Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, Princess Publications, U Dirty Dawg, Summit Apartments, PSO and Continental Wire Cloth.
Reservations for Buckskin Boots & BBQ must be made in advance, by April 26. Call Tracie O’Banion at (918) 299-5005 for reservations. The Perryman Ranch is located at 11524 S. Elwood in Jenks. A week before the event, a printed catalog of auction items will be available at the Chamber office, 224 “A” St., or at www.jenkschamber.com.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.