Erin’s Crystal Ball Saturday

Star Staff Writer

Montana children — they actually can be between the ages of 5 and 25 — with life-threatening illnesses can be nominated for the Erin’s Hope Project.

Those attending Saturday’s Erin’s Crystal Ball 2017 in Miles City are contributing to the success of the project that provides an assortment of outdoor trips for the children and their families.

The sixth Crystal Ball is slated for the Centra at Miles Community College with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Live and silent auctions are part of the festivities and music for the dance that follows will be provided by the Yellowstone Drifters, a Miles City band.

Tickets cost $50 or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased at 406-234-1478 or

“The support behind us from the community is overwhelming,” said Pam Hurr, mother of Erin and the secretary of EHP. “What we started and created to make our dream a reality is amazing.”

The project started in 2012 and has helped 24 children and their families realize a dream — from horseback riding in Billings and Big Sky to whitewater rafting, two trips to Hawaii, a Caribbean cruise, and fishing and hunting trips.

“They may be really sick, but there’s magic in those one to seven days,” said Vandie Buckingham, secretary of EHP.

Ron Hurr, father of Erin, is EHP president and Jayme Lepisto is vice president. They are joined on the board by Buckingham, Pam Hurr, Heidi Zentz, Jody Burman, Dennis Mullen, John Lammi, Tracey Hawk and Rob Brugger.

The major items on the live auction include a pheasant hunt, a children’s hunt, a semi load of alfalfa hay, Hilltop cake with EHP logo, fishing basket/pontoon rental at Hell Creek (Fort Peck), a rifle, Woody Smith artwork framed by Ray Murnion, a necklace from La Casa Diamonds, Rod Stewart tickets with lodging and dinner in Billings, and a fire pit/wooden bench.

The silent auction includes more than 30 hand-made, unique, one-of-a-kind items.

The auctioneer is Zane Kittelmann and the master of ceremonies is Jeff Harding. Other prime contributors include Black Iron Grill, Hilltop Cakes, Bison Bar and Cattail Junction.

Buckingham praised the contributors and those who already have purchased 400 of the 500 tickets available.

“No matter what kind of year Miles City has economically, the community continues to fully support us,” she said.

Erin, who died in 2010, is survived by her parents and two brothers — Jacob, now 14, and Alex, 11.

“It’s all been good,” Pam Hurr said. “You look around and you realize this is for our daughter. The support we get is great.”
(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)