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Barn dancing event will benefit human service providers

Last year's Community Barbecue and Barn Dance brought a colorful crowd to the horse arena at Sidney Peak Ranch. This year's event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $35 per person or $75 for a family.

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What: Second annual Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs Community Barbecue and Barn Dance

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sidney Peak Ranch

Price: Tickets are $35 for singles, or $75 for families up to five members. Each additional child younger than 16 is $10.

Benefit: The event will raise funds for the Steamboat Community Cares Fund and the Rotary Club’s local charities

Tickets: Available at Central Park Liquor, All That Jazz and at the door of the dance

— The way to make the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club Community Barbecue and Barn Dance as successful in its second year as it was the first year, Rotarian Steve Hitchcock said, is to build on the successes.

And add some hot dogs for the kids.

The second annual barn dance, a fundraiser for Steamboat Community Cares Fund and the Rotary Club’s charities, will include 12 raffle prizes, live music, country dancing and catered food.

Hitchcock said at last year’s event, there were “toddlers and grandparents and all in between having a good time.”

The 2008 barbecue and dance raised $34,000 from the 400 attendees, Hitchcock said.

Of that money, $5,000 went to Rotary charities, and the remainder went to Poogie’s Place, an initiative to offer a place for youths to go through the grieving process after the death of a loved one.

This year, the first $5,000 raised will go toward Rotary charities, including scholarships and other programs. The next $1,000 will go to the PolioPlus initiative, a Rotary International program to eradicate polio worldwide.

The remainder of the money raised will go to the Community Cares Fund, a pool distributed by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Routt County United Way to local human service providers. Hitchcock said Wells Fargo, the primary sponsor of the event, already has donated $5,000.

In their last round of funding at the end of August, the Community Cares board distributed $47,000 to six organizations.

Yampa Valley Community Foundation Executive Director Betsey Jay said she was “thrilled” at the prospect of adding to the nearly $21,000 the group has in reserves for the next funding cycle.

She said Steamboat Mental Health may lose some of its state funding and will be a top contender in the next round of funding.

“That is one group we wanted to make sure had funds available for people who may reach a point they can’t (afford) critical medication they need or critical sessions they may need,” she said.

David Freseman, executive director of LIFT-UP of Routt County, said the need for organizations such as his are crucial as funding dips and need increases.

LIFT-UP provides food, clothing, housing and utility payment assistance to clients in need. The group received $20,000 in the first Community Cares funding cycle. That was the largest donation to a single group.

“The requests are coming in higher numbers than in the history of the organization and the history of the community,” he said.

Since 2007, requests for housing and utility assistance have tripled, he said.

The Rotary’s Barbecue and Barn Dance also will include 12 raffles, with prizes totaling $15,000, Hitchcock said.

Among the raffle prizes are a dinner at one of six participating restaurants in town, a 10-day ski pass, advertising packages from local media organizations and two $1,000 packages from Hitchcock’s business, Zirkel Trading.

“Mostly we’re trying to repeat a winning combination,” Hitchcock said.

Tickets cost $35 for individuals, or $75 for families up to five people. Admission for additional children younger than 16 is $10 each. Tickets are available at Central Park Liquor, All That Jazz or at the door. Raffle tickets are $10 each, and 15 for $100.