PENDLETON- Tickets will go on sale at the end of this week for the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Monte Carlo Night, which will raise funds for its new museum, currently under construction on the corner of Southwest Court Avenue and Southwest 12th Street.
Hall of Fame President Tim O'Hanlon said he's hoping for a large turnout to the April 9 event, which will run differently than the Happy Canyon casino in the Pendleton Convention Center during Round-Up week in September.
Rather than winning game chips in casino games to purchase alcoholic drinks, participants can use their chips to purchase donated items from the "General Store" and for items in an auction, including trips, a full set of tires and homemade furniture.
"It's a really fun way for people to come and help us out," O'Hanlon said. "Even if you're not a gambler, you can still come on down and have a good time."
O'Hanlon also noted that, if the event turns out to be successful, it could become an annual fund-raising event for the Hall of Fame.
"We want to change our exhibits often, and keep collecting items, which can be expensive," O'Hanlon said. "We need to keep that funding available. The money from the Monte Carlo night is earmarked for displays and development of the exhibits."
The current Hall of Fame has sat under the south grandstands at the Round-Up Grounds on Southwest Court Avenue for 36 years. But the large number of historical items have outgrown the facility, so a new building - four times the size of the current one - is under construction and set for completion in August.
There's a budget of $1.3 million for the total project, but the Hall of Fame Board is still about $130,000 short. The Hall of Fame Board has been collecting donations and fund-raising for three years for the new building and has enough to complete construction, but needs additional funding to support the exhibits inside.
The new facility is contracted to be a 6,400 square feet L-shaped, two-story building and is set for completion by Aug. 10, O'Hanlon said. However, even though the building will be finished by September's Round-Up and Happy Canyon events, the month in between is not enough time to move all the artifacts and set up all the exhibits, O'Hanlon said.
So the Hall of Fame will stay open under the south grandstands for one more Round-Up, and the new museum will open to the public toward the end of the year.
Tickets for the Monte Carlo Casino Night will be available at the end of the week at Frazier's Office Supply, PGG, the Round-Up office and at the door. Doors to the event at the Pendleton Convention Center open at 6 p.m. and the casino will run until about 10:30 p.m. Hors d' oeuvres and beverages will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact the Round-Up office.