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The Dumas Rotary Club is hosting a night of sausages, beer, and music February 8 at 6:30 pm in the 8th Street Events Center in Dumas to raise funds for the many charitable and other projects the organization supports.  

"We were going to have Oktoberfest but had to postpone it," said Sandra Witt, club events chair.  "We are calling this the Wurst (German for sausage) Winterfest."

Witt says attendees will dine on German and non-German sausages, German potatoes, sauerkraut, and green beans, all cooked by members of the Dumas Rotary Club.  Dessert will be provided by the Kokken.  Beer will be free.

The Velvet Funk Band from Amarillo will play a mix of oldies, country and pop live throughout the evening.  "They are very popular and play for many big events in Amarillo," said Witt.  "No one sat down last year; someone was dancing the entire night."

In addition to the food, beer, and music, there will be a silent auction.  Items to be auctioned include a night at the Hampton Inn in Dumas, with a free meal from a Dumas restaurant; tickets to Sod Poodles games; meals at various Amarillo restaurants, such as 575 Pizza; gift certificates from various businesses; and other things.

The money raised February 8 will go to a variety of projects the Dumas Rotary Club supports, says Witt.  It will fund six or seven scholarships for Dumas High School seniors.  It will help support the club's program of providing a hardback, personalized, book to each of the more than 600 kindergarten students in Dumas, Sunray, Channing, Cactus, and Stratford.  The Dumas club will contribute some of the money to Rotary International's campaign to eliminate polio and to provide supplies to the Mercy Ship, a hospital ship "off the coast of the most impoverished nations."  Rotary International plans to donate $1million worth of surgical supplies, Witt says.  Finally, there are some local health-care related causes the club would like to support with some of the money.

Tickets for the event are $25 apiece and can be obtained from Witt at Witt Motors or from Laura Brunson at Dalhart Federal Savings and Loan.  They need to be purchased by February 6 "so we can get a head count and know how much food we need."  Witt says everyone is invited.

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