Annual Moonshine Wine & Dine fundraiser March 12 |

Annual Moonshine Wine & Dine fundraiser March 12

Event to benefit Yampa Valley Science School

Jack Weinstein

— Longtime Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Board of Directors member Cathy Wiedemer said there's never been a better time for the annual Moonshine Wine & Dine fundraiser.

Proceeds from the fifth annual fundraiser, at 6 p.m. March 12 at the red barn on Emerald Mountain owned by Lyman Orton and Janice Izzi, benefit the organization's Yampa Valley Science School.

Wiedemer said participation has increased in recent years. She said 227 sixth-graders from Routt County schools attended the weeklong overnight camp at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

"The science school program every year has been growing, and we don't ever want to deny children" the chance attend, Wiedemer said. "The dollars we raise for this event become more and more important every year."

She said Moonshine Wine & Dine raised $7,000 last year and that this year's goal is $10,000.

Youth Corps Associate Director Mark Wertheimer said it costs $285 per student, or more than $70,000, to host Science School. Each student is responsible for $125 tuition, and there are scholarships.

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For the past decade, Wertheimer said it has become a tradition for sixth-graders. He said it allows students to bond with their peers, high school students serving as junior leaders and teachers while providing hands-on outdoor education that complements what they learn in the classroom.

Wertheimer added that Science School also creates environmental stewards while inspiring some of the students and junior leaders to pursue science educations and careers.

But he said the program could change based on grants and donations it receives this year. It also is pursuing partnerships with local businesses.

"We're considering reducing the scope of the program depending on our funding," Wertheimer said. "We have some options with a lower budget."

He declined to provide specifics because many discussions about program changes are preliminary and Youth Corps still is waiting to see what its funding for next year will be.

Moonshine Wine & Dine will begin with appetizers and wine followed by moonlit cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and dinner.

There also will be a silent auction with goods and services donated by local businesses valued at nearly $11,000. For a complete list of silent auction items, visit

Tickets are $75 each. Shuttle service will be provided from the Meadows Parking Lot and the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

Wiedemer said tickets are limited. Call 970-879-2135 to buy tickets or for more information.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or e-mail


To see a complete list of silent auction items, go to

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