The Friends of Custer County Search & Rescue is hosting their annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed Saturday, October 17, 5 p.m. at Crazy Horse Memorial. This event is the group’s main fundraising effort and funds raised that night help Search & Rescue volunteers acquire equipment needed to operate safely and effectively on calls.
Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse Memorial is once again generously donating food and staffing for the event. In addition to “oysters”, chicken will be an option along with a cash bar. A live auction, silent auction and raffles will be part of the night’s fun activities, offering items donated by area businesses and individuals. Last year nearly 200 people attended and tickets were sold out the night of the event.
This year’s fundraising goal is purchase of a UTV side-by-side vehicle that can transport up to six people. After a record 55 calls in 2019, SAR members realized it was taking longer than necessary to ferry people and equipment to backcountry locations using ATV’s and smaller UTV’s. One UTV is devoted to patient transport. In 2019 several missing hiker calls involved more than 25 searchers. When it’s “all hands on deck” more capacity is needed to move teams around the search areas.
“We really appreciate the community’s support of our squad. Our volunteers drop what they are doing at any hour of the day or night to help someone in need. We are humbled and grateful for the tremendous support shown by our Friends group and the Custer community through this event!” said CCSAR director Rick March.
Tickets for the Oyster Feed are $15. and available from any Friends or Search & Rescue member, by calling 605-431-4097 or at Subway restaurant in Custer (ask for Cece). To donate auction items, please call the number above, visit with any Friends or Search & Rescue member, or email email@example.com. Cash donations can be made to the non-profit 501(c)(3) Friends of Custer County Search & Rescue at www.custersdsar.com/friends-of-ccsar or by sending a check to P.O. Box 6047, Custer, SD 57730. All donations of cash or auction items are tax deductible.
Friends of Custer County Search & Rescue, Inc. (Friends) is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2013. All monies or items donated to Friends, directly benefits Custer County Search & Rescue. Friends is an all volunteer, non-political organization and is not funded by any agency or county general fund dollars. If you would be interested in volunteering with Friends or have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team members of Custer County Search & Rescue are also all volunteers. They spend hundreds of hours away from their families to provide services to the community. Each knows this when they join and are glad to make the sacrifice to help those in need. They ask for no personal gain just a smile and "thank you". There is never a charge to a subject for their services or expenses. However, providing the training and personal equipment each CCSAR team member is required to have such as survival packs, first aid kits, radios, and GPS units, in addition to maintaining and repairing CCSAR vehicles, ATV's, snow mobiles, rescue & climbing equipment, ice rescue equipment and so much more takes money. Friends of Custer County Search & Rescue asks that any person, business, or organization to please consider making a donation through Friends to support the work and efforts of Custer County Search & Rescue.
Donations to Friends are fully tax deductible as charitable contributions. Please do not mail cash. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Custer County Search & Rescue, Inc. If you would like to discuss donating in other ways (donating equipment, ect.) please email email@example.com or call us at (605) 673-1571.