Ed Shikoski loves to be involved.
He is a member of the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce with his businesses The Rodeo Club and the Lake Martin Event Center. Shikoski and his wife Marge can been seen at many events around the area promoting the Dadeville area,
“We like doing things for a cause,” Shikoski said. “We try to involve nonprofits to be good stewards in the community.”
But the Shikoskis do more to help their community than just show up at events. They host events too.
“We host the Denim and Diamonds Ball for the Lake Martin Area United Way and the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce,” Shikoski said. “We just hosted a bbq cookoff to benefit Rescue K911.”
The Rodeo Club has been hosting “Slinging for a Cause” and will continue for the next several weeks.
“We use local celebrity bartenders working for tips for a cause,” Shikoski said. “The first one a few weeks ago was Michael Carter and he raised $750 for Camp ASCCA. The Woodalls from Lake Martin Pizza Company were next raising money for LMRA.”
This week the Boys & Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area was the cause hosted by celebrity bartenders Rick Nickolson and Boys & Girls Club board member Debbie Vopali.
Boys & Girls club director Melissa Reynolds believes partnerships such as one with the Shikoskis is good.
“It’s great,” Reynolds said. “We always want to partner with local establishments. It is great to have a partnership in Dadeville. It is great to have the Shikoskis in the county.”
Future Wednesday night “Slinging for a Cause” events will benefit the Lake Martin Animal Shelter, the East Alabama Rape Counseling Center and a school supply drive for Dadeville Elementary School.
Reynolds said events like ‘Slinging for a Cause’ help bring awareness beyond the funds raised at the event. She also said her organization is looking at trying to bring programs of the Boys & Girls club to the Dadeville area.
“A lot of people want us to bring Boys & Girls Club to Dadeville,” Reynolds said. “Maybe this will help get some people on board to help sponsor Boys & Girls Club in Dadeville.”
Shikoski has changed a few things to appeal to more people, to be able to help more organizations and to carry on a tradition centuries in the making.
“We went non-smoking last April,” Shikoski said. “If we can get them in the door to experience what we have is great. You don’t have to drink to have a good time. We have virgin drinks too. We are the original social media – happy hour.”
Shikoski said The Rodeo Club does have some restrictions on the fun.
“We do have one rule,” Shikoski said laughing. “We don’t discuss anything to do with politics.”