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Benefit Saturday for Rick Jewell and family

A benefit dinner, dance and silent auction for Rick Jewell and family will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

Friends, family and public are invited to the fund-raiser on Saturday, the proceeds of which will help Rick receive treatment for his on-going battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Friends of the Jewell family are sponsoring the event, which includes a traditional Mexican dinner, music and silent auction. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at Higher Grounds Coffee, the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Service office.

Rick, a 20-year resident of Pagosa Springs, will be leaving Oct. 19 to travel to Beijing, China, for five weeks of treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Rick will receive adult stem cell treatment at the Tiantan Puhua Hospital, the largest and most respected neurological hospital in Asia. This treatment has been successfully administered to more than 50 Parkinson’s patients from all over the world, including local resident Penny Roeder Thomas. Penny will accompany Rick to China.

Rick is a 35-year employee of the USDA Forest Service. He has been active in many local community organizations over the years. Rick is married to Roxane and has two children: Caitlyn, a senior at CSU-Pueblo, and John, a freshman at Fort Lewis. Both Caitlyn and John went through the Pagosa Springs school district achieving both academic and athletic honors.

Contributions for the silent auction can be dropped off at the Forest Service main office at 2nd and Pagosa streets between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All contributions are welcome and greatly appreciated.

In addition, for those who cannot attend the event and wish to make a monetary donation, an account has been set up in Rick’s name at Bank of the San Juans at 305 Hot Springs Blvd.