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Tango and Cash fundraiser helps VNA

Tamera Manzanares

Every year, residents clamor for last-minute tickets to the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club’s annual Tango and Cash fundraiser.

Attendees get a top-notch dinner, an opportunity to dance and the chance to win prizes, including $7,000.

The evening of fun will result in a gift to the Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well program, which aims to improve the quality of life for senior citizens with projects and services that prevent isolation and integrate them in the community.

The VNA is preparing to purchase The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden, and the first step in Aging Well will be adding a community center to the facility.

The Aging Well cause is consistent with Rotary projects, including a monthly singing event with seniors at the Doak Walker Care Center, said Mike Forney, chairman of the Rotary Club’s public relations committee.

“We think the Aging Well program is a really good new project,” he said.

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This is the ninth year for the Tango and Cash fundraiser. Proceeds from the 2004 event went to the Rotary Club’s Yampa River Boardwalk project.

One of the most unusual and exciting aspects of the event is the raffle.

Participants pay $100 for one of 260 raffle tickets sold. At least $10,000 of those funds will go to the VNA. Some of the money helps pay for the event, and the rest is given away as cash prizes.

Ticket-holders can immediately win cash, including $500, or they may find themselves in the running for the larger cash prizes.

Ten tickets are drawn for those prizes, and the ticket-holders are eliminated one at a time. In the process, they can decide to split the prize or take their chances on not being eliminated.

People in the audience also can try to purchase the ticket of a seemingly lucky ticket-holder.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Forney said, noting that the grand prize winner the past several years has donated all or a portion of the cash to the charity cause.

A limited number of dinner and raffle tickets are available.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

What: Ninth annual Tango and Cash Rotary Club dinner and fundraiser

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Three Peaks Grill

Cost: Dinner tickets are $40 and raffle tickets are $100. Proceeds will benefit the Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well program. Tickets may be purchased at Central Park Liquors or by calling P.J. Wharton at 819-2992.