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July 13, 2014

Volunteers help raise $4,500 for Kremlin pool

ENID, Okla. — A group of young volunteers has raised $4,500 for the Kremlin swimming pool this summer.

The WildHorse Gang — made up of volunteering youth — raised $500 for the pool with a cowboy cookout on May 31. The cookout consisted of ham and beans cooked over an open fire by Steve Gannon, according to WildHorse Gang Leader Gini Zaloudek.

On June 4, the WildHorse Gang had its 17th annual Aluminum Can Round-Up.

“I think this is probably the biggest one we’ve had,” Zaloudek said.

There were 1,760 pounds of donated aluminum cans loaded by 37 volunteers — including 30 youth volunteers from Enid, Hennessey and Kremlin — onto a semi truck provided by Southside Recycling owner Jim Holt.

Holt pays for the cans, and the amount made is matched with funds donated by the community.

Through the round-up and the matching funds, $4,000 was donated to the swimming pool.

“I just want everybody to know how much we appreciate all the support,” Zaloudek said.

During the round-up, the WildHorse Gang was treated to McDonald’s for breakfast. Little Caesars Pizza and Papa Murphy’s pizza provided lunch.

The gang enjoyed swimming at the Kremlin pool after the round-up.

Each member was presented with passes to the Denny Price Family YMCA and earned summer passes to the Kremlin pool.

Taylor Ellis won a drawing for a 3-month family membership to the YMCA, Zaloudek said.

Chartered in 1992, the WildHorse Gang does volunteer work, ranging from serving as ushers for the Enid Symphony Orchestra to serving food at a yearly dinner held by the Arts and Humanities Council.

In the coming weeks, some WildHorse Gang members will be volunteering at the Dachshund Dash and at the Tour de Trykes.

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