Nonprofit Organizations


Registration underway for Ranch Ride Weekend

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Colorado Horsecare Foodbank's annual Ranch Ride Weekend fundraiser is a larger-than-life experience, and it helps us keep Colorado horses safe, fed and with their families during temporary hard times. The event is scheduled for May 12-14, 2017.

The Ranch Ride Weekend includes trail riding on the ranch’s 10,000 acres, learning to team pen cattle, delicious hearty meals, story-telling around a campfire, and charming accommodations where you can sit on the porch of your cabin and watch the horses and cattle peacefully grazing.

The cost is $600 for the weekend. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Sign up by April 7, 2017 to receive a $50 Early-bird discount making the cost of the Ride $550. The Ride must be paid in full by April 7 in order to receive the discount. Payments made April 8 and beyond will be the full $600. Ticketing for the Ranch Ride closes on May 1, 2017. Non-riders pay a flat $400 which includes the $100 deposit.

The Ranch Ride Weekend will include:

  • Charming accommodations and hearty meals
  • Riding wide open spaces
  • Team penning
  • Truly getting away from it all with our friends, Tom & Darcy Carr, owners of Colorado Cattle Company Guest Ranch in northeastern Colorado

Click here to make a reservation.


Seeking employers in need of employees

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On April 25, 2017, EChO and Mountain Resource Center will be holding a job fair where as many as 150 or more individuals seeking a job have shown up in the past. The cost for employers to participate is $25.00 before 4/11 and $35.00 after that date. This will be at Aspen Ridge Church (27154 N. Turkey Creek Rd. Evergreen, CO.) The programs run from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and we ask employers to arrive at 2:15 pm.

Employers wishing to register for this event should go to:


Winners of barrel contest announced

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With an unusually warm winter, the Evergreen Ice Melt Contest barrel fell into Evergreen Lake a bit early this year, hitting the water on March 15 at 12:38:54. The Mountain Foothills Rotary Club sponsors the annual fundraiser to benefit the Special Needs Program of Evergreen Park & Recreation District, Evergreen Christian Outreach, Crutches4Africa and other local nonprofits supported by the Mountain Foothills Rotary Foundation. The contest challenges ticket holders to guess the exact date and time the Rotary barrel will fall through the ice on the lake.

The winners of the 2016/2017 contest are:

  • 1st Place: Jen Melton of Evergreen (12:30:47)
  • 2nd and 3rd Places: Janka Kukova (12:30:30) and Amy Saxton (12:30:30) both of Evergreen
  • 4th Place: George Nelson of Evergreen (12:30:02)

First prize is $1,000, second place is $500, third place wins $250 and the fourth luckiest guess receives $125. Given the second place tie this year, each winner in that category received $375 (second and third place awards added and divided by two).

The event would not be possible without the generosity of numerous local sponsors. Colorado Serenity is a premium level sponsor. Gold level sponsors are Elevation Dental, Evergreen Dental Group, Evergreen National Bank and Silver level sponsors are 1st Bank, Dogma, DW’s 285 Diner, Evergreen Vision Care, Dean Haave, Kittredge Auto Rebuilders, Mark Ryan, Inc., Smiling Moose Deli, Chuck Ridings State Farm Insurance, Tuscany Tavern and John Watson. All Kids Dental, American Family Insurance, Beaver Brook Pet Center, Cabinets of Denver, Centennial Bank, Chris’s Glass, Corfee & Associates, Everbean, Evergreen Oil Company, Firestone Auto Care, Nancy Grant, L&H Auto Body, Cindy Lempke, Rose Lyon, Susanne C. Robert, C.P.A., Safeway, Ted Sells, Wells Law Firm, P.C., and John Wurster are bronze level sponsors.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the local businesses and individuals who were sponsors for this year’s contest, many of whom have supported our fundraiser for multiple years," said Cindy Lempke, president of Mountain Foothills Rotary.  "They enable us to make a positive difference in our community. “We thank everyone who purchased tickets and had fun making their guesses. Each ticket holder contributed to great local causes.”

To learn more about Mountain Foothills Rotary, go to:


Container Gardening the topic for Conifer Historical Society

Written by Suzi Morris on .

The Conifer Historical Society is pleased to present Container Gardening on April 23rd. Our annual gardening programs are very popular and Container Gardening is sure to be another winner! Gail Fischer, a flower show judge and a member of the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs, will tell us how to grow the best and the brightest. Bring your flower, herb, and vegetable questions!

The program begins at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 23rd. The Little White Schoolhouse is located at 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer. Advance tickets are $8 for members and $10 for guests. Proceeds benefit the Little White Schoolhouse. Reserve or purchase your tickets early at www.ConiferHistoricalSociet or call 303-396-5975.


Dave Montesi recognized by DAR for community service

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Pictured above: Cheryl Lydyard (DAR Regent), Caitlin Lydyard (DAR Community Service Award Chair) and Dave Montesi. Photo by Andy Lydyard

The Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented its Community Service award to Dave Montesi, "a member of our community who has made outstanding contributions through volunteer work and has made a true impact," according to Caitlin Lydyard during the presentation. The award was accompanied by a contribution from Mountain Rendezvous Chapter to EPAD for his volunteer work with Evergreen Fire Rescue in keeping the community safe.

Dave, a paramedic with Fire Rescue for the past 18 years, has also been a firefighter in the community since 1997.  He's also served as a dispatcher.  In 2002 Dave began the effort to put Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout Evergreen – equipment to easily help with defibrillation in patients whose hearts have stopped beating.  

Dave created an organization called Evergreen Public Accessed Defibrillation, otherwise known as EPAD, whose mission is to facilitate easy access to an AED. Since its inception, the organization has planked more than 50 AEDs throughout Evergreen in places where the public gathers.  Dave also teaches CPR classes.