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  • Cooking for a Cause: Three Ways Industry Is Bringing the Heat When it Comes to HelpingJanuary 31, 2017

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY 2017
       

    BAKKEN BLOOD DRIVE UNDERWAY

    The Third Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive kicked off on January 27 and has a full slate of donation opportunities today through Feb. 28. The blood drive, which is hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) in partnership with United Blood Services (UBS), pits companies operating in the Bakken against one another in a friendly competition to recruit the most volunteers and help United Blood Services collect vital resources.

    “We each can have such a positive impact in the community around us. It’s just a matter of saying ‘yes’ when asked to give. We are excited to partner with the North Dakota Petroleum Council to ultimately save lives through this blood drive effort and encourage those who have never tried donating blood, to say ‘Yes’ this month,” said Teresa Johnson, a donor recruitment representative for UBS.

    Companies will be competing for $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice, but the competition isn’t limited to industry employees. Friends and families or members of the public can also donate on a company’s behalf to help them gain an advantage in winning the competition.

    The blood drive will run through February 28, 2017. Individuals may donate blood at one of the scheduled stops in western North Dakota or go into their local United Blood Services location to donate.

    Click here to sign up or find participating locations near you!

    COOKING FOR A CAUSE
    Local API Chapters host Cook-offs to benefit charities

    If there is one thing besides oil that industry employees strongly pursue, it’s a title as the best cook. From chili, to gumbo, to BBQ, many companies are putting their best chefs forward in the coming months to prove they’re not just the best on the wellsite – they’re the best in the kitchen.

    Williston Basin API Chili Cook-Off
    The contests kick off this Friday, February 4 with the Williston API Chapter Chili Cook-Off. In its 36th year, the Cook-Off is one of the Chapter’s major fundraising events, which helps provide donations for area organization and foundations, as well as provide scholarships to area students. The event will feature music by Slamabama and will be held at the Grand Williston Hotel from 3-11:30 p.m. Click here for more info. 
     

    Party like it’s Mardi Gras

    Carnival season is already getting underway in New Orleans, but if you can’t make the trip south for festivities, you can still enjoy a taste of the season right in Dickinson.

    The 20th Annual Gumbo Cookoff will be held in Dickinson on February 18. For just $10 (with all proceeds going to charity, of course), attendees can eat their fill of Gumbo of the Western Bayou starting at 6:30 p.m. and hit the dance floor for live music at 8:30 p.m.
    Click here for more info. 
     

    Bakken BBQ takes it Under the Big Top
    Summer may still seem buried under a few feet of snow, but backyard grilling is just right around the corner. The Bakken BBQ, which brings industry together to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation, has begun planning for its 5th Annual Event. Organizers are taking sponsorships and registrations now, so learn more here and sign up to help them reach their fundraising goal of $80,000 and help make deserving kids’ wishes come true!


    WHITING DONATES $50,000 TO MCHS
    New Year’s Resolutions for a happier, healthier you? McKenzie County Healthcare Systems in Watford City is striving to help you out, and part of that is building a new state-of-the-art medical campus. Steel is now going up at its new location, and thanks to a generous $50,000 donation from Whiting Petroleum Corp., the facility will have furnishings for one Obstetrics Room in the new facility when they are ready to open.

    “Whiting has a long and visible presence in McKenzie County. They are one of our larger employers. I am pleased that in spite of the temporary downturn in oil activity they recognized how vital it is for the community to have a new medical facility and have made a generous donation. Their contribution to the replacement facility and their continuous efforts to stay involved in our community is greatly appreciated,” said Chief Executive Officer of MCHS, Dan Kelly.

    Whiting’s commitment brings industry donations and commitments to the facility up to more than $1.75 million.

    Click here to read more.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    FEB. 4 36TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF
      When:     Feb. 4, 2017, 3-11 p.m. CST
      Where:    Grand Williston Hotel
      Info:        Live music featuring Slamabama
    All proceeds go to charity
       
    FEB. 18 20TH ANNUAL GUMBO COOKOFF
      When:   Feb. 18, 2017
    11 a.m. MST:     Cooking Begins
    6:30 p.m. MST:  Public taste testing (until gone)
    8:30 p.m. MST:  Live Entertainment
      Where: Motel 6, Dickinson
      Info:     $10 admission; all proceeds go to charities and scholarships
       
    FEB. 20-21     5TH ANNUAL RECLAMATION CONFERENCE
      When:    Feb. 20-21, 2017
      Where:  Astoria Hotel and Convention Center, Dickinson
      Info:      www.ndreclamation.com
       
    JUNE 16 5TH ANNUAL BAKKEN BBQ “UNDER THE BIG TOP”
      When:    June 16, 2017, 4-11 p.m. MDT
      Where:  West River Ice Center, Dickinson, ND
      Info:      www.facebook.com/BBQ4Cause
       

    Have an event for charity or a great story about how you’re working to make your community better? We want to hear it! Email Tessa Sandstrom here to share your story.