4th annual Barn Dance to benefit Boys & Girls Club, Rotary charities
September 20, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Last year, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs wrote a check for more than $18,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs as a result of the annual Community Barbecue and Barn Dance fundraiser held each September.
Those funds are more important than ever to the after-school program that has served 1,100 Routt County children since its inception two years ago despite diminishing funding and grants.
In the 6 to 14 age range, that's about half the children in Steamboat Springs, said Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado.
"It's such a big help," Duran said about the Barn Dance fundraiser. "The partnership that we have with Rotary transcends the Barn Dance. It's a huge help, but their support for us has made the Boys & Girls Club possible in Steamboat Springs."
Tara Weiss, the event co-chairwoman for this year's Barn Dance, said that even during tough economic times, the people of Routt County nearly filled the Sidney Peak Ranch barn last year. She expects no different this year.
The fourth annual Community Barbecue and Barn Dance is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The hoedown-style event features food from Rex's Events & Catering, live music from family-rock favorites Sundog and a much-anticipated fundraising raffle with big prizes.
"It's basically fun for the whole family," Weiss said. "I think it's one of the only events where kids and adults can both go and have fun."
Tickets are $70 in advance for families with up to three children and $80 at the door. Each additional child costs $10. Single tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
Cowboy and cowgirl garb is encouraged.
For the kids, there will be activities put on by the Boys & Girls Club, including a bouncy castle and the opportunity to check out a fire truck.
For the adults, the raffle will be the center of attention.
"This is an event where you can by a $10 raffle ticket and anyone can win," Weiss said. "You don't have to have the most money."
This year's big prize is a trip for four to Disney World. There also is a snowcat skiing trip, lift tickets, fishing trips and clothing and restaurant packages.
Each raffle prize is titled with a "Be" name — like "Be Gourmet" — to honor the Boys & Girls Club's "Be Great" motto. Raffle entries cost $25 for three tickets or $100 for 15. Attendees can put their raffle tickets toward whichever prize packages they most covet.
Weiss said that the "Be Great" motto reflects why the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs has been so important in its short history.
"They've done something for this town that's been needed for a long time," she said. "It gives a place for kids to go, and it's affordable. And you know they're being great and have good influences."
From the Barn Dance, the first $5,000 goes to support Rotary programs such as grants and scholarships while the rest of the funds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.
Keeping a cycle of positive influences at the club is a high priority, Duran said, and this year's funds will go to hire and retain quality staff to provide that mentorship for the children of Routt County.
And Duran said there's no fundraiser more family friendly than the Barn Dance.
"We have grandparents and parents and children out there together," she said. "They're out there having fun in a quality atmosphere."
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