SWEETWATER COUNTY — It was good food for a good cause at the 5th annual Kari’s Access Awards Benefit BBQ on August 15. The event, held at Marty’s Gastropub, featured live music by Nowhere Fast, games, and a silent and live auction, all benefitting the local non-‐profit, Kari’s Access Awards (KAA).
This year’s benefit, which raised over $18,000 for local students, will be used for non-‐ traditional scholarships distributed through KAA. Since local businessman, Larry Fusselman, in honor of his daughter, founded Kari’s Access Awards it has gifted over $40,000 to local students so that they have access to classes, programs and other opportunities that they may not have been able to afford.
“I want to thank not only our sponsors, but all of the volunteers and participants that made this year successful. It was a great day for raising money for these local students and we are already looking forward to our January event. Hope to see you there!” -‐ Father of Kari and Founder, Larry Fusselman
The live auction was the exciting part of the evening, emceed by Steve Core. Some of items up for grabs were a fully loaded CD jukebox, a catered pig roast, Denver Broncos and University of Wyoming tickets, firearms and more. Next year’s event will be held in August 2016.
WHAT IS KARI’S ACCESS AWARDS
Kari’s Access Awards is an endowment fund started in 2006 in memory of Kari (Kay) Fusselman who was a student at Westridge Elementary, White Mountain Junior High, and Rock Springs High School.
The fund gives School District #1 students access to non-‐traditional scholarships. These scholarships allow students to participate in outside programs enhancing learning and personal growth beyond their daily school activities.
Kari’s Access Awards opens new opportunities to students; bringing out the best in each student one child at a time.