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Breast cancer survivors and Gorgeous Gals Shari Wolf and Marcia Nelson share a moment at last year’s Business and Professional Women’s Gorgeous Gals Gala.

Gorgeous Gals celebrate 20 years of ‘zest’

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

WORLAND – Zest for life and the Gorgeous Gals seem to go hand in hand. Their goal is to show others – whether survivors, family members or the community in general – that breast cancer is survivable and gives a whole new meaning to a life well lived.
This year the Gorgeous Gals will celebrate their 20th anniversary of the Gorgeous Gals Gala, ready to give the audience a laugh or two during the Wheel of Fortunate Show on Saturday, April 26. Tickets are still available.
It also marks a turning event for the presentation as the tables are turned and several lucky people will be invited to participate in the Gals’ take on that favorite family TV show that comes on every night.
Several Vanna wannabes along with an emcee, Master of Ceremonies Bert Bresach and sound manager Mike Buckman will keep the show going.
Over the years, Ed Stark, Jr., whose mother, survivor Meg Stark, has been involved in the show since its beginnings at the old Washakie Museum, has been the head chef, creating culinary feasts that go along with the themes.
Due to his own medical issues, Stark will supervise this year, relying on assistant Cindi Strickler and others who take on the job of feeding 200 people unique creations.
Once again, the Gala will be held at the Worland Community Center Complex with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for cocktail hour. Dinner will start around 7 p.m. followed by speaker Patricia A. Mahana, RN, BSN, and CBEC. Mahana is a diagnostic breast navigator from Reger Family Center for Breast Cancer at the Billings Clinic in Montana.
The Wheel of Fortunate menu features Thai and German deviled eggs, Wheel of Destiny antipasto, Korean croûte stuffed with spicy peach compote, a tower of fruits of the sea such as smoked salmon and other hors d’oeuvres and salads.
The main course features Hawaiian spiced pork with mango, pineapple and spices, braised beef with mushroom bordelaise and herb-roasted potatoes, Italian sausage stuffed loin of pork risotto, Mediterranean leg of lamb stuffed with figs, dates and raisins, squash with bleu cheese gratin and hunter’s chicken cacciatore.
Don’t forget to save room for cheesecake, cookies, cakes and other sweet desserts.
The show – and the number of survivors – has grown over the last two decades. Due to its popularity, the event has drawn audiences at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Eagles, Elks and finally at the community center where it’s been held the last few years.
The money raised from the event goes back to help others fighting breast cancer. In the last 10 years alone, the Gals have donated over $8,000 to the cancer bus that takes patients to and from appointments. The group subscribes to the Coping Magazine and has purchased wigs for those going through chemotherapy.
The Gals decorated the chemo room at Washakie Medical Center and bought a comfortable chair for patients in the waiting room.
The biggest joy is watching a new member of the “club” blossom into a willing participant in the antics they come up with each year. Are you ready to play?
Tickets are $30 each. Raffle tickets are also available – $1 each or 6 for $5. Treat yourself to an evening of fun.
To get your tickets, call Meg Stark at 347-3845, Wendy Sweeny at 347-2979, Mary Grace Strauch at 347-3131, or any Gorgeous Gal.

Wyoming Lottery to hold
workshops for retailers

CHEYENNE –– Wyoming retailers interested in selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets should attend a workshop being held from 10 a.m. –– noon on Thurs., April 24 at the Holiday Inn in Riverton.
The Riverton workshop is one of nine workshops being held over two weeks. The Wyoming Lottery Corp. will hold workshops in Evanston on April 22, Jackson on April 23, Riverton on April 24, two in Cheyenne on April 25, Gillette on April 28, Sheridan on April 29, two in Casper on April 30, and Rock Springs and Cody on May 6.
By attending the workshops, retailers will learn about the lottery, as well as gain a better understanding of the retailer application and selection process. The workshops will also include a facilitated discussion to seek retailers’ feedback on the application and contract.
“Obtaining input from the retailers is a priority for the lottery,” said Jon Clontz, Wyoming Lottery’s Chief Executive Officer. “We need to make sure that the process is equitable for the majority of retailers, because the lottery will not be successful unless retailers are successful.”
Clontz explained that the lottery will take retailers’ feedback into consideration when solidifying the application and contract. Once finalized, the application and contract will be presented to the lottery’s board of directors during a public meeting. The board’s approval will open the application process and launch efforts to recruit retailers.
Workshop Schedule:
• Evanston: 10 a.m. - noon on Tues., April 22 at the Evanston Round House, located at 1500 Main Street
• Jackson: 10 a.m. - noon on Wed., April 23 at the Teton County Library, located at 125 Virginian Lane
• Riverton: 10 a.m. - noon on Thurs., April 24 at the Holiday Inn, located at 900 E. Sunset Drive
• Cheyenne: 10 a.m. - noon and 2 - 4 p.m. on Fri., April 25 at Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 W Lincolnway
• Gillette: 10 a.m. - noon on Mon., April 28 at the Camplex Center, located at 1635 Reata Dr.
• Sheridan: 10 a.m. - noon on Tues., April 29 at the Holiday Inn, located at 1809 Sugarland Drive
• Casper: 10 a.m. - noon and 2 - 4 p.m. on Wed., April 30 at the Parkway Plaza, located at 123 West E Street
• Rock Springs: 10 a.m. - noon on Tues., May 6 at the Holiday Inn located at 1675 Sunset Drive
• Cody: 10 a.m. - noon on Tues., May 6 at the Cody Hotel located at 232 West Yellowstone Avenue

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