Get down with Java and Jazz

Partners hosts annual fundraiser at Catamount

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What: Second annual Java and Jazz fundraiser, benefiting Partners in Routt County

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Catamount Lake Clubhouse

Cost: Tickets are $60 per person. Admission includes specialty coffee drinks, wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, live jazz, and live and silent auctions.

Other: For more information, call 879-4161.

— Heather Sullivan and her 8-year-old junior partner not only have a great time catching frogs, riding their bicycles and playing miniature golf - their time together gives her partner a chance to set aside family difficulties and just "be a kid," Sullivan said.

"We really love to just hang out," Sullivan said. "We kind of step away, and it gives her a few minutes to just have fun."

Because Sullivan and her partner are students, they also have pledged to get all A's and B's on their assignments for the first two months of school, and they're looking forward to a trip to Elitch Gardens in Denver as their reward, Sullivan said.

Partners in Routt County, which reaches 300 local children each year through its one-on-one and school-based mentoring program, will host its annual Java and Jazz fundraiser at the Catamount Lake Clubhouse on Sunday afternoon.

"It's a very classy event," Partners in Routt County Executive Director Libby Foster said. "We've got some local coffeehouses that will be present, serving coffee and also educating people on coffee, which is obviously one of our most savored and cherished drinks as Americans. And we've got a phenomenal band coming up from Denver - the Jon Ridnell Quartet."

The event also provides Partners in Routt County an opportunity to showcase what it does as well as reach out to potential volunteers, Foster said.

"We'll have mentors and mentees there so folks can interact with them and really get a sense of what the program is all about," Foster said. "We wouldn't have any programs if it weren't for community volunteers - that's just as important as the funding side of things."

Last year's inaugural Java and Jazz event was spectacular and successful, and Foster said she is confident Sunday's event will be even better.

"It's our one-and-only big fundraiser," Foster said. "All of the proceeds go directly to our two principal programs - one-on-one and school-based mentoring."

In addition to a silent auction, Jo and Cookie Lockhart will lead the live auction portion of the fundraiser. Items up for bid span from the luxurious to the practical, including gift certificates to a variety of local restaurants, ski and golf packages, fine wines, jewelry, artwork and a week's stay at a cabin on Lake Champlain in Vermont.

"We need all the support we can get, because we really do a lot for the partnerships," Sullivan said.

"We just encourage everyone to come out and have a great time, and bid on some wonderful auction items for a wonderful cause," Foster said.

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