Broncos tailgate party to raise funds for United Way

All you diehard football fans: On Nov. 23, at 12:30 p.m., Pagosa Pub Works will host an indoor tailgate party United Way fund-raiser to cheer on the Broncos. The menu will include goodies like bodacious brats, half- pound Black Angus burgers, chili, salads and more and all the libations to accompany the good eating. Be ready to jump in the football pool where prizes will be awarded to the lucky winners.

The Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders have been division rivals since the two teams began play in the AFL in 1960. While the Raiders still hold a sizable advantage in regular season play (54-39-2), the Broncos have won nine of the last 11 matchups (2003-2008). Current Bronco head coach Mike Shanahan coached the Raiders before being fired just four games into the 1989 season, which has only served to intensify this rivalry.

The teams met this season for the first time on Monday Night Football’s first game of the 2008 season. The Broncos crushed the Raiders 41-14 behind rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal’s nine catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.

The second matchup this season is Nov. 23 at Invesco Field in Denver. And football fans in Archuleta County can gather, root on their favorite team and contribute to a great cause — United Way.

The cost is $50 per person to benefit United Way. Your contributions will sponsor our 15 partner agency programs engaged in one of Archuleta County United Way’s five targeted goals:

• Helping children and youth succeed.

• Fostering health and welfare.

• Developing self-sufficiency and independence.

• Supporting vulnerable and aging populations.

• Responding to those in crisis.

Join us for a great afternoon of food, drink, cheers and victory. Put on your orange and blue and get ready to watch the Broncos kick some Oakland Raider tushy on four High def TVs. For a nominal fee of $50, you will support Archuleta County’s social service agencies and have a roaring afternoon with great food and drink.

For reservations call Karen Davison, 264-1251, or e-mail karend@unitedway-swco.org.