Rowan headlines fund-raiser

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Imagine a shopping mall or downtown city block lined with stores selling everything from jewelry to guided fly fishing trips.

Now imagine that mall or block consolidated into a 100-yard stretch of hallway.

Welcome to the annual Christian Heritage School fund-raiser. This year's silent auction and fund-raiser is March 26 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

"We have a little bit of everything," said Julie Smalley, chairwoman for the fund-raiser. "To me, it's the best shopping deal in town. There are a lot of great things."

Art, weekend getaway packages, massages, manicures and gift certificates Steamboat restaurants are a few of the offerings available to bidders during the silent auction. And they're not the fund-raiser's only attraction, event organizers said.

And, for the second consecutive year, Grammy Award-winning musician and record producer Brent Rowan will perform live at the auction. He will be preceded on stage by Euzoa Bible Church singer Jenny Guthrie.

Rowan has been a great supporter of the private school, Christian Heritage School, Assistant Headmaster Betty Lockhart said.

"He's so gracious to come again," Lockhart said. "He relates so well to the audience. I feel like Steamboat can't get enough of Brent Rowan."

Tickets to the fund-raiser are $25 and must be purchased in advance, Smalley said. The school hopes to sell 380 tickets.

The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and will end at 7:45 p.m. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. The evening program, which includes dessert, a live auction, performances by Rowan and Guthrie and a speaker, begins at 8 p.m.

Among the items to be part of the live auction are a backcountry fly fishing trip by horseback, a black Labrador retriever puppy and a gourmet dinner for six from award-winning chef Jacques Wilson.

Last year's fund-raiser generated about $60,000 for the school. The money is essential to the school's ability to keep tuition rates low and offer scholarships to local students, Smalley said.

"We just really count on the auction each year to help us with our basic budget," Lockhart said. "We want (the school) to be available to as many people who desire a Christian education for their child."

The kindergarten through 12th-grade school continues to expand its programming since its inception more than 16 years ago. This year, the school expanded its physical education program and offered advanced computer and art classes to its students, as well as a culinary course.

To reserve a seat at the fund-raiser, call Christian Heritage School at 879-1760. Smalley said tickets are selling out quickly.

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