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Time to vote for your favorite calendar images

Written by Beth Foster on .

It’s time to vote for your favorite photographs to be included in the 2018 Seasons of Our Mountains community calendar! The 24 semi-finalist photos will be on display for voting at Evergreen National Bank on Main Street in Evergreen from Aug. 7 through Aug. 15. They will also be featured online at MountEvans.org with a voting option.

All photos in the calendar contest were taken in Mount Evans’ service area: west Jefferson, Park, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. Both amateur and professional photographers participate.

This contest is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Evergreen National Bank, and Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. A community-wide vote determines the 12 photographs that are printed as a full-color wall calendar. All proceeds from calendar sales benefit Mount Evans.

Funds raised will help Mount Evans care for underinsured or uninsured patients as well as support numerous community services provided by the agency, including grief counseling, transportation for patients to medical appointments, respite care for family caregivers, and Camp Comfort, a bereavement camp for children. For more information about Mount. Evans or the Seasons of Our Mountains community calendar, call 303-674-6400.

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Plan now for Bowls After Dark Sept. 28th

Written by Lisa Nissley on .

Mountain Resource Center will host its 3rd Annual Bowls After Dark Evening Gala on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 pm at Mount Vernon Country Club, 24933 Club House Circle, Golden. The Bowls After Dark Evening Gala is the signature fundraising event that supports Mountain Resource Center’s mission: “We strengthen our community with services that empower people.”

The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; guests will have a chance to mingle while bidding in the silent auction and wine pull. The opening reception, with music entertainment, will be followed by an eclectic dinner of specialty soups and foods prepared by local area chefs. This wonderful evening is considered an adult event.

We are thrilled to have Mark Koebrich as this year’s emcee and auctioneer. A KUSA-Channel 9 reporter and anchor for nearly 40 years. Koebrich's reporting duties included coverage of medical missions in South America, a two-year stint as a correspondent for a national television news show, the host of "Good Afternoon Colorado" and coverage of the Papal visit and multiple Denver Bronco Super Bowl appearances. He also served as the Gannett selection for the NASA Journalist in Space project.

Ticket price for the Gala is $65 for an individual or $120 for a couple. Sponsorship opportunities include a $5000 Title Sponsor, $2500 Platinum Ladle Sponsors, $1000 Gold Ladle Sponsors, $500 Silver Ladle Sponsors and $250 Bronze Ladle Sponsors.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event and are available on Mountain Resource Center’s website, www.mrcco.org. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Mel Nuchols at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-838-7552 ext. 26.

Mountain Resource Center is a community-based nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of children and adults within our community. In 2016 Mountain Resource Center provided over 15,476 services. The services provided varied in range, from meeting basic needs like groceries, rent assistance and utility payments to programs that lead to long-term success like workforce training, financial coaching and parent support programs.

Mountain Resource Center works to strengthen and empower people in our communities through programs that support veterans, families through early childhood and parent education, as well as programs that foster good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Mountain Resource Center relies on donations and volunteers from the community to meet these needs and support our vision of neighbors helping neighbors achieve their potential.

“By meeting the short- and long-term needs of our clients through multiple services, they are able to achieve self-sufficiency more quickly and effectively,” said Lorye McLeod, CEO of Mountain Resource Center.

 

 

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Bootstraps seeks volunteers for Wine on the Rocks

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Wine on the Rocks, produced by Party B Cause, takes place August 5th from noon to 5:00 pm at Edelweiss Pavilion in Morrison. In its eighth year as a fundraiser for Bootstraps, the event features Colorado wineries and life-style vendors.

Wine on the Rocks is (arguably) the most fun event in the community! Patrons sample wines from 30 wineries while strolling the grounds of the Pavilion. Food is available for purchase from an assortment of food trucks, including Bistro Colorado.

It takes a lot of volunteers to make this event run smoothly and that’s where Bootstraps comes in. Bootstraps receives a donation from Party B Cause for every volunteer provided. Almost all volunteer positions are filled, but there are still a few remaining in the 2:00 to 5:30 slot and the 4:00 to 7:30 slot.

“What’s in it for me,” you say? You get free admission to this SOLD OUT event before your shift and the satisfaction of helping Bootstraps eliminate financial barriers to continuing education for students of the mountain area. Help Bootstraps receive the maximum donation from Party B Cause. Click here to sign up.

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A Night in the Park still a favorite event in Evergreen

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

The Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has been drawing supporters to the meadow behind the Alderfer Barn for many years now.  Those who attended would often be entertained by the elk and a grand sunset behind the rock outcroppings known as the Three Sisters (and a brother, if I'm not mistaken).  

The Night in the Park event used to piggyback with performances of the National Repertory Orchestra when it performed under the tent, enabling the group to avoid having to pay to rent a tent and have it set up for a single evening.  In the early days MALT worried about merely covering costs and raising a little money.  Members of Mountain Foothills Rotary used to cook the steaks, and everyone on the MALT board had to help in one way or another with hanging lights, making appetizers or desserts, serving food or serving drinks.

Although the live music has ALWAYS been terrific (Dakota Blonde this year), MALT has come a long way over the years in building its support base – the size of the tent has doubled.  The event is officially catered, and trained bartenders have replaced the volunteers. Members of Mountain Foothills Rotary still volunteer to help with parking cars though.  And many of the same faces turn out every year to support the organization that reflects what they love most about living in the area: open space.

It's become a tradition to honor one or more people who have played significant roles in fulfilling MALT's mission.  The Bud Simon Preservationist of the Year Award (named after one of MALT's former board members who did so much to bridge the gaps between land-owners and developers) went to Hillary Merritt this year.  Hillary, a project manager for Trust for Public Lands, was instrumental in MALT's securing a parcel of land on Floyd Hill that will provide the link to open to the public 12,000 acres of open space, heretofore inaccessible.

Bob Meade of Evergreen was named MALT's Land Steward of the Year for donating to MALT 41 acres of land in Kittredge.  It's land he'd owned and cared for for many years.

Unlike many fundraising events, people who support MALT come prepared to raise the paddle in support of their efforts.  Just a few years ago I was amazed when the professional auctioneer announced a goal of $30,000 and asked in a playful manner, "Does anyone want to make this simple and write a check for that right now?"  And someone did!  The donations for land conservation aren't "easy," but they've certainly gotten to be easier to come by in recent years than they were earlier on!  This year, before adding in the income from ticket sales, the silent auction, or the live auction, the paddle raise alone brought in more than $70,000 in a matter of minutes.  Emcee Reggie Rivers worked his touch on the audience, making every bidder feel instrumental to the cause.

To learn more about the many accomplishments of MALT, click here.

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Evergreen couple instrumental in establishing educational opportunities in Mexico

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La Santa Cecilia, the Grammy Award-winning Latino band will headline “Baja Under the Stars” on September 15th, at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a fundraising event to help bring high quality educational opportunities to students in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

“Baja Under the Stars,” is the brainchild of two Denver-area couples, David and Cindy Higgins and Greg and Angelica Robinson, who divide their time between Denver and Todos Santos. Both are long-time supporters of The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, a multi-cultural non-profit organization that works in partnership with the International Community Foundation, to improve the quality of life and offer educational opportunities through scholarships and educational programs.

Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s Pueblo Magicos (population 6,000), sits on the Pacific coast about 50 miles from Cabo San Lucas. Angelica Robinson says, “Despite a growing international population and reputation for a vibrant arts and music scene, educational opportunities for local students have been limited.”

When Evergreen residents David and Cindy Higgins built a second home in Todos Santos ten years ago, Cindy Higgins noted, “We became aware that education in our pueblo provided no pathway to university education.”

In 2014, the Higgins family funded the project to build the new Palapa Society campus. The 4-building complex includes a community library, English language program, and a middle and high school. Classes begin August, 2017.

Proceeds from “Baja Under the Stars” will fund scholarships, teacher salaries, technology, and resources for the new school.

“Baja Under the Stars” kicks off at 5:30 pm, September 15, with a VIP Champagne Cocktail party, dinner, and performance by La Santa Cecilia. Tickets, a portion of which are eligible for a tax-deduction, may be purchased online at: www.bit.ly/BajaUnderStars.

Angelica Robinson urges the Denver community to support the cause. “We felt strongly that the Denver community would be receptive to a fundraiser supporting the educational needs of Todos Santos. When we first fell in love with Todos Santos, we were struck with the similarities between Denver and Todos Santos -- the cultural life and incredible outdoor activities in an extraordinary natural setting. When you fall in love with an unique place like Todos Santos, you feel compelled to give back.”

Higgins agrees, “We are proud to share this worthy cause with all our Colorado friends and invite them to participate in this special evening.”

For more information about the Palapa Society and sponsorship opportunities: www.palapasociety.org