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Posted: Friday, September 25, 2015 5:54 pm

The Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center will be hosting their second fundraiser of the year, the one officials say is slightly tastier than their other one.

The Great American Steakout is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and, according to Director of Clinic Development and Marketing Kathy Hollmann, will be the event’s 22nd year. The steakout is the rehab center’s fall fundraiser, different than the spring telethon they host.

“It’s a great event, we couldn’t do it without … all these companies,” Hollmann said of the sponsors and the companies who volunteer teams to grill.

The event starts with a group of cookers from area organizations and companies who volunteer and compete in both the steak grilling completion and the appetizer competition. A champion is chosen at the end of the evening and the winners are displayed on the next year’s invitations.

Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. and include a cash bar, a silent and live auction, and of course, a steak dinner. A live band, In10city, will also perform for attendees.

This year’s event, which usually plays on the steak theme, is called “Grilligan’s Island,” spoofed off the hit television show “Gilligan’s Island.”

Hollmann said the theme fits perfectly with the organization because actor Bob Denver, who played Gilligan, spent time after the show advocating for the care of children with autism.

“I think Gilligan would approve,” Hollmann said of the event’s theme.

Money raised at the event goes to the rehab center, and Hollmann said, even with all the fun people have at the annual event, each dollar goes to helping supplement costs because Medicaid reimbursements have been cut.

“We’re $15 in the hole every time we see a patient,” Hollman said. “It’s probably going to go up $25 Oct. 1.”

This year, state lawmakers approved a budget that would slash around $350 million from the Texas Medicaid Acute Therapy Program, which helps provide access to occupational, speech and physical therapy for tens of thousands of children with special needs.

Earlier this week, a Travis County judge temporarily blocked the state from reducing funding on Oct. 1 because he believed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission hadn’t done its homework before trying to implement the funding cuts.

Whether those cuts are made or not, Executive Director for the PBRC Wade Kuehler said the organization will continue to help those in need of services, and praised the community for continuously giving during their fundraisers.

“One thing I tell people is what defines a community is how the community threats those who need the most,” Kuehler said. “This is an opportunity to step forward and show what we’re made of. We have a lot of generous people in the Permian Basin who support us.”

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More on the Great American Steakout: http://pbrehab.com/great-american-steakout/

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