Medical emergency calls Ponca City club into action

Ponca City Now - October 22, 2014 10:21 am

A medical emergency has left the Shriners Club to its own devices. The Shriners host an annual concert, which is this weekend and they normally bring in a professional promoter to get the word out. However, this year the promoter was MIA and little to their knowledge he had, had a stroke in his hotel room. Dave Fleharty, Shriners President said he wasn’t found immediately and isn’t in good condition.

"He had a lady that kind of worked as a friend/office lady, we got intouch with her and learned that he had had a stroke and was in the hospital and not expected really to live," Fleharty said. "Therefore we had to take over everything, because we put shows on for years and we want our people that’s use to it to still have a show to go to.”

So, the show must go on at the Hutchins Memorial Auditorium staring The Whiskey River Bent Band. Fleharty said all the proceeds benefit area children who are handicap or have clef palettes. The Shriners actually bring these children to Shreveport, LA for medical help.

“The money actually goes to the kids in Kay County, because we use it to help in our transportation to get the kids to and from Shreveport, hotel expenses and things like that," Fleharty

Tickets for the concert can be bought at RCB Bank’s north branch at 14th and Prospect. Individual tickets are $10 and tickets for groups of five or less are $30. The concert is Saturday night at 7.


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