Rotary Club’s annual Barn Dance is ‘for the kids’
September 19, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs' mission covers a vast range of commitments, from supporting the youths of Routt County to a dedication to international service.
And the best way to package that into an annual fundraiser — topped off with a healthy dose of American West culture — is to hold a barn dance that benefits local organizations with wide-reaching impacts.
The fifth annual Community Barbecue & Barn Dance takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch. For the third year, the event will raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.
"Rotary is really for the kids," said Tara Weaver, co-chairwoman of the annual Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs fundraiser. "Kids are really important. It's a partnership we want to continue — having the Boys & Girls Club running the activities at the event has been awesome and the partnership is amazing. "
In addition to the Boys & Girls Club, 10 percent of the proceeds will go toward Come Let's Dance, a local nonprofit that helps Ugandans build sustainable lifestyles.
"It was an opportunity to help someone locally and on an international level," Weaver said.
In the large riding arena at Sidney Peak Ranch, Rex's American Grill & Bar will cater the barbecue dinner. For the children, the Boys & Girls Club has an entire area dedicated to activities like bouncy houses, games with prizes and a fire truck.
Tickets are $35 per person or $70 for families of as many as five (admission for additional children younger than 16 is $10 per child). Tickets are available at Central Park Liquor and the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.
There's plenty to keep the parents occupied, too, with live music from local country-rock favorites Loose Change and ample room to dance.
The Barn Dance also has a fundraising component different from the typical silent auction. There are several valuable prize packages up for grabs this year, and raffle tickets are $10 each. Weaver said that it's possible to win a prize worth almost $6,000 on one $10 raffle ticket. Fifteen tickets can be purchased for $100.
Raffle prize packages include a gourmet dining package, an all-inclusive trip for four to San Diego, a golf package, a skiing package, a fly-fishing package and more.
"This is a really family-oriented event," Weaver said. "You can bring grandparents, parents and kids."
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com