3rd annual Rotary event to benefit Boys & Girls Club
September 24, 2010
Steamboat SpringsSteamboat Springs — When the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs opened its doors in June 2009, no one expected its membership to be more than 900 children strong just a little more than a year later. — When the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs opened its doors in June 2009, no one expected its membership to be more than 900 children strong just a little more than a year later.
Steamboat Springs — When the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs opened its doors in June 2009, no one expected its membership to be more than 900 children strong just a little more than a year later.
"We're extremely successful in the sense that people need us," club outreach coordinator Traci Day said. "We're helping them become the citizens they want to be."
But Day said the reality is that the club needs community support to continue to grow and provide for its members.
In an effort to invest in those citizens of the future, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs chose the club as the beneficiary of this year's Community Barn Dance and Barbecue this weekend.
Event co-chairwoman Ellen Kendall said the Boys & Girls Club was an obvious choice for the fundraiser.
"It was sort of a serendipitous thing when several of us thought it would be a good one," Kendall said. "It suits the Rotary mission because of the child emphasis. Our community as a whole supports families, and we want to do as much as we can to keep families in the community."
The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch. Tickets are $70 for a family in advance and $80 at the door. Single tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
"This is now the third year, and we do expect it to be the best ever," Kendall said. "We're really hoping to sell out."
A sellout crowd would mean 500 people milling about the barn in Western wear, eating food provided by Rex's American Grill & Bar or dancing to the foot-stomping beats of local band Sundog, featuring Randy Kelley on the fiddle.
The immense barn, Kendall said, is the perfect venue to supplement the Western theme and allow space for a variety of activities.
To keep the little ones entertained, there will be two bouncy houses, face-painting, carnival games and a Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue truck for children to climb on.
For adults, the price of admission covers dinner and one drink, and there will be a cash bar.
In addition, Kendall said the most lucrative part of the fundraiser is the raffle, which allows participants the chance to win any of 11 premier prizes. The lowest valued prize is an $800 package featuring dinners at several Steamboat restaurants.
Other packages include a ski package with equipment and passes; fly-fishing equipment and guiding; a vintage cruiser bike; advertising; and a getaway to Anchorage and Seward, Alaska, that includes airfare.
Raffle tickets are $10 for one, $25 for three and $100 for 15. Raffle tickets can be entered for any of the packages, and you can enter more than one in each drawing.
"You could win something with just one ticket, potentially," Kendall said.
Kendall attended her first Rotary barn dance last year and said it was "a blast."
"My favorite part was just the environment of it being so community-oriented with all kinds of different people," she said. "It's different than the usual cocktail party and silent auction."