Dupris benefit held in Rapid City

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A benefit for Doug Dupree, Jr. by the employees of the Main Line Trucking Co. of Rapid City was held on March 23, at the Eagles Club in Rapid City.

The event began with a Texas Hold’Em tournament, a cash Taco Bar and a silent auction of the many, many items donated by friends, relatives and co-workers. Star Quilts donated by the Margarite Eagle Staff family, Grandma Cordelia Dupris, mom, Ellie Dupree, Aunts Wynema and Barb Dupris were auctioned off as well as a wooden bedframe donated by Amy Cochran (made by her husband). A separate drawing for a large tool box (donated by Carquest) and an Ipad (donated the Main Line Trucking Co.) was held, which many people from Dupree, Eagle Butte and Rapid City area purchased raffle tickets, the winner of the Ipad was Dennis Koster and the winner of the tool box was Vernon, who hangs around the Eagles Club.

Live music was also provided by co-worker of Doug, Jr. to conclude the evening. Those attending the event were: Doug Jr. , Josie and their children Tiauna (Ted Maupin), Dillon, Bowe and Dakota; Ellie and Doug, Sr; Dusty, Robin Dupree and girls; Dan, Tracy Dupree and children; Grandma Cordelia Dupris; Jenessa Kirk and boys; Jessie Dupris and boys; Carol and Tom Knight; Kermit, Nancy Dupris and Jevin; Dana, Wyneme, Quentin and Nellie Dupris; Barb Dupris; Bud Longbrake; Phillip, Velma Dupris and children; Vernon, Sue, Jess. Jeri Starr and children; Vickie and Neil Birkeland; Sherry Farlee and Rod Hall; Glenda and Jana Nedved; Monica Schmidt; Myron and Mary Ellen Curley; Amelia, Missy, Cecile Curley and children; Mickie and Jeff Kelly as well as many, many co-workers and friends from the Rapid City area.

The support that has been given to Doug Jr, Josie and family has been totally awesome and unbelievable but appreciated. The lunch sale held on February 22, at the BIA lobby brought in well over $1,400 and the donated cash of $500 from the Brown & Ruby Shore family of Denver, CO, was used to finance Doug’s first trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. There were a couple other activities held locally to raise funds, a 50/50 drawing by the Dupris Family Association and lunch sale by the BIA Employee’s Association. Doug is currently receiving chemo at the Rapid City Cancer Center – he completed his first week with real good tolerance – he will do another week of chemo and then he will go back to the Mayo Clinic for radiation which could be for two or up to five weeks. So let’s keep our hopes and prayers going for our wonderful young man as he takes each step in this ordeal.