Gonzales resident Benita Swanson’s stop at the Interstate 40 Travel Center in Amarillo won her prizes thanks to a Rotary Club of Amarillo program.
Swanson and friend Mary Sanders, from Hemphill, Texas, were stopped Aug. 13 at the center by Amarillo Police Department officers as part of the club’s Hold Up program, which included complimentary one-night lodging, dinner at Feldman’s Wrong Way Diner in Canyon and tickets to the outdoor play “Texas” in Palo Duro Canyon, club president-elect Jeff Lester said.
They also were invited to lunch the following day at the Amarillo Club on the 31st floor of the Chase Tower where the Rotary Club of Amarillo meets each Thursday.
Rotarians LeaAnn Fulton and Karen Hicks hosted a “ladies night out and discovered the travelers were on an adventure en route to Snow Mountain Ranch, the YMCA of the Rockies, near Winter Park, Colorado,” Lester said.
Swanson and Sanders volunteered for one month at the ranch in exchange for room and board. Swanson has been volunteering at the ranch for 10 years.
The Hold-Up Program is an effort to increase tourism in the Amarillo area, Lester said.