Fund Raiser – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:56:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fund Raiser – The Pagosa Springs SUN 32 32 Donations sought for Arboles man severely burned in explosion Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:00:51 +0000 By Susan Gibson
Special to The SUN

The Arboles community is actively raising money for Jerry Rowland, Arboles butcher, and great neighbor and friend to many in the area.

Rowland was severely burned by an explosion on Oct. 2 when he was lighting his water heater pilot light. There was a leak and the tank exploded. 

Rowland suffered burns to 25 percent of his body, burning both hands, face, head and back, and the blast also ripped into his butcher shop. Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango stabilized him and he was then life flighted to the Albuquerque, N.M., burn unit. 

Danielle Grantham organized a GoFundMe fundraiser at the time and is, today, only $957 short of the fund’s $2,000 goal. There is also a Wells Fargo bank account opened by Lisa Flagg for the sole purpose of donations. Deposits can be made at any Wells Fargo location: Jerry Rowland Benefit, account number 1893078665.

Additionally, two benefit yard sales were organized. Nalani Nobriga organized the first phase of the Jerry Rowland Benefit Yard Sale, held Saturday, Oct. 10. Nalani reported that sale generated another $1,585. 

The second phase, organized by Susan Halkin, will be this coming Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at the TARA Community Center Pavilion, 333 Milton Way. Donations can be dropped off outside the front doors of the TARA Center. All donations welcomed, but the campaign is requesting no clothes, large furniture or electronics. Halkin can be contacted at 883-0017 for more information.

Jerry has been released from the hospital and was due back in Arboles Monday.

What is your #1Thing? Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:00:16 +0000 By Ashley Wilson
Rise Above Violence

You might have heard domestic violence called “the pandemic within a pandemic.” And while this may be true, the reality is domestic violence is a widespread issue regardless of the presence of a global health crisis. 

Survivors of domestic violence face barriers to safety and support regardless of a global health crisis, but there are additional barriers for survivors during this time. In a typical year, one in four women and one in seven men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (CDC, 2017); we know that those numbers are higher right now. 

Rise has seen over a 50 percent increase in requests for services. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. A total of 354 victims were served by Rise in 2019 and, in 2020 so far, Rise has served 335 victims with three months to go.

It can be difficult to know exactly what we can do to support survivors during a time of social distancing and health concerns, but there are still many things you can do. 

Listen to survivors, believe them and ask them what they need. If you know someone who is experiencing violence, often just being there is #1Thing that makes a big impact. Often, survivors feel isolated and unsure what to do; listening can be the most helpful thing you can do. If you’re not sure how to help a friend or family member experiencing domestic violence, we’re here for you, too. Call us at 264-9075 to speak with an advocate about the ways you can be supportive.

Follow Rise Above Violence on Facebook and Instagram and share our messages. Victims and survivors face isolation during normal times and that is magnified right now with the current health crisis. Your social media post might be the #1Thing that makes someone not feel alone. It might also open the door for them to feel safe to reach out.

Join our virtual Art Above Violence event this Saturday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. We can’t be together in person this year, but you can still make a difference. #1Thing you can do is purchase a ticket. The link to purchase is at Tickets start at $15 and all proceeds from this event support victims and survivors right here in Archuleta County. 

During the event, you will get to hear from survivors about their journeys, view amazing dance performances, and hear vocal and other performances based on survivor stories. This event shows the hope and healing that is possible when we come together as a community to support victims and survivors — together we rise.

Tune into our quarterly coffee talk on Facebook Live Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. #1Thing you can do is learn more about Rise Above Violence and the current needs of survivors in our community. The Rise team shares what is currently happening every quarter to keep our community informed.

Join our Snowball Club — As a member of the snowball club, you pledge to support the work of Rise by scheduling a recurring donation of $10 that comes to Rise each month because we know that many small donations make big change. Ten dollars may not seem like much, but $10 covers the cost of one hotline call and when you have many small gifts, it creates big change. #1Thing you can do is give; the cost of two coffees a month ensures that someone in crisis receives that help they need. Learn more at

Join with us and pick your #1Thing so that we as a community come together to lift up victims and survivors of domestic violence. 

We’re still here and still open. For support, call us at 264-9075. Our hotline is available 24/7. Whether the state order is “stay at home,” “safer at home” or something else, it’s always allowed for people experiencing abuse to leave home to seek help. 

Rise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving over 300 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit for more information or call 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.

Fifth annual Art Above Violence set for Oct. 10 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 11:00:38 +0000

Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence

By Ashley Wilson
Rise Above Violence 

Rise Above Violence is excited to bring you the fifth annual Art Above Violence show Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is Together We Rise — and ironically was chosen before the all the craziness of 2020 began. For our fifth year, we wanted to highlight the vision of community coming together to support and honor survivors. It will take all of us to end violence in our community; this is not something the survivors can do alone, it is not something Rise can do alone, but together with our community, we can rise above violence.

This year’s event will be hosted virtually to ensure the comfort of all of our community. We are working hard to bring you a beautiful virtual event that both honors the survivors and the artists and will still bring you an evening of amazing art, both still art and performance.

The joy of a virtual show is that you can watch from anywhere. Once you purchase your ticket, you will be sent information on how to see the art and how to bid on the art, and the day before the show, you will be sent information about how to watch. So, even if you won’t be in town Oct. 10, you can still tune in.

Photos courtesy RIse Above Violence
The fifth annual Art Above Violence is set for Oct. 10. This year’s event will be hosted virtually and will again feature both still art and performance art. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

We will have the same great performances coming to your TV or computer. Our dance, vocal, other performances and speakers have been prerecorded in order for you to enjoy their amazing craft. The Rise team and Blue Haas, our amazing emcee, will be coming to you live on our virtual stream. So, if you have attended the show before, we hope to bring you the same level of entertainment and information as to what you would see sitting at the in-person venue. 

To purchase tickets, you can access the link from our website,, or the auction site,–art-above-violence-f82b827918. 

As with all things, we are looking for the silver lining. We hope that this show can reach more people because friends and family can watch from anywhere. The strength and hope that the survivors share and how the art captures their stories can reach far and wide to send a message of hope and healing. More than anything for the event, we strive to share both the reality of what happens in our community but also how we can rise together to end interpersonal violence in Pagosa.

This show means so much to our survivors, sharing their story to help empower others also brings deeper healing for themselves. If you have been following our Facebook event, many of the artists interviewed about their experience creating their work for this show and the impact it also has on them; if you have not had a chance to view, head over to our Facebook Event: Fifth annual Art Above Violence Show. 

Artist Paula Jo Miller included this with her art: “This painting represents my attempt to capture the incredible strength I felt from my partner in this year’s Art Above Violence project. ‘Strength’ has three distinct layers — the first being a backdrop of colors that illustrate the first part of my partner’s life and where she grew up. The second layer, a bleak and barren tree, represents the period when she experienced devastating violence and trauma. The final layer comprises brilliant leaves unexpectedly growing from seemingly dead branches, signifying new beginnings. ‘Strength’ has many intentional imperfections that signify the imperfections of life. The uncolored outlines of leaves, for example, represent hope, growth and change to come.” 

There are many layers to the art, as there are to the survivors’ stories. Please join us in watching and honoring these stories.

The Art Above Violence art is currently up on display at the Tennyson Building and Event Center at 197 Navajo Trail Drive, and is open for public viewing Oct. 7 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. You can also get some help with bidding or viewing questions if you come by the gallery. Come see the beautiful art in person; photos online do not quite do it justice. We are limited in the number of people in the gallery at any one time to ensure the comfort and safety of all who come to view the art.

Art Above Violence is one of four fundraising events that Rise hosts every year, three of which have been canceled. These events are vital in supporting the services Rise provides to victims and survivors in our community. It is also the kick-off event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Other things happening for Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Oct. 6, the week of the show, a town proclamation at the town council meeting will proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the town of Pagosa Springs. Additionally, there will be a county proclamation at the county commissioner meeting on Oct. 20. Look for the purple ribbons on main street and join us for our virtual Coffee Talk on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. — held on Facebook Live. 

Rise is a nonprofit organization which promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence. Rise provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving over 350 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit for more information or call 264- 9075 to talk to an advocate today. If you want to be part of the team to help those in our community, volunteers for advocacy are always needed and welcomed.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in their home, please call 264-9075. There is help. You are not alone.

COVID-safe Trunk or Treat plus movie planned Sun, 04 Oct 2020 11:00:42 +0000 By Alison Beach
Pagosa Peak Open School

This Halloween, Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to present a “COVID safe” Trunk or Treat and drive-in movie wrapped into one big night of fun. Join us at 7 Parelli Way, in the parking lot, on Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wear your favorite costume (and mask). 

The evening will feature a Day of the Dead-themed movie. Treats for the Trunk or Treat will be prepackaged with social distancing and following COVID guidelines. Admittance to the Trunk or Treat will require a movie reservation. Suggested donation is $30/vehicle for entry. Limited spots. Email or go to\ to reserve your spot.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the school’s capital campaign for building renovations. Pagosa Peak Open School is a tuition-free, public charter school serving Archuleta County.

Dancing with the Pagosa Stars a success Thu, 01 Oct 2020 21:00:39 +0000

Photos courtesy Jeff Laydon
Seeds of Learning’s Dancing with the Pagosa Stars went virtual last weekend, allowing upward of 300 people to watch the production from home. The fundraiser netted about $165,000 for Seeds, and Gabriel Heraty garnered the night’s top prize.

By Lisa Peters
Seeds of Learning

There just don’t seem to be adequate words to express the gratitude of the staff and families of Seeds of Learning for the outpouring of support last Saturday night at Dancing with the Pagosa Stars from our loving generous Pagosa Springs community, and beyond. When there is a need, this small but mighty community reaches out like no other we’ve seen. Thank you, Pagosa, and also those of you beyond for giving us another magical night. Because of your giving spirit, we raised around $165,000.

With at least 315 guests watching on virtually and over 50 volunteers, stars, coaches, committee members, production crew and local businesses, this event illustrates the amazing support Seeds receives from this community. It is because of each and every one of these people and companies that Seeds is able to continue to provide low-income and at-risk kids with high-quality early education. 

We could not have better representatives of Seeds of Learning than our stars and coaches this year. Every year, we choose stars that are a broad representation of the Pagosa Springs community, are well-known and respected in the community, and have giving spirits. And this year was no exception. Our winners were:

• Mirror Ball Trophy Winner: Gabriel Heraty with coach Alora Pelligrino. 

• Best Showmanship: Quinlan Quiros with coach John Gillam. 

• Best Male Dancer: Dr. Bob Bonham with coach Hayley Hudson. 

• Best Female Dancer: Theresa Snyder with coach Nolan King. 

• Most Original Performance: Jonathan Dobson with coach Sharina Ramsey-Adams.

The entire Seeds of Learning community is so grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you. 

Dancing With The Pagosa Stars Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:54:00 +0000

Photo courtesy Stewart Bellina

Saturday night’s Dancing With The Pagosa Stars virtual event raised approximately $165,000 for Seeds of Learning. Over 315 guests watched the event virtually, with Gabriel Heraty walking away with the Mirror Ball Trophy. Pictured, from left to right, Star Quinlan Quiros and Coach John Gillam, Coach Hayley Hudson and Star Dr. Robert Bonham, Star Theresa Snyder and Coach Nolan King, Host Marty Rose, Coach Alora Pelligrino and Star Gabriel Heraty, Host Lisa Peters, Star Jonathan Dobson, Star Blue Haas and Coach Ashely Butcher. Not pictured is Coach Leslie Carlson.

Get ready for a night of fun with Dancing with the Pagosa Stars Fri, 25 Sep 2020 11:00:05 +0000

Photo courtesy Jeff Laydon
Six stars — Quinlan Quiros, Theresa Snyder, Gabriel Heraty, Jonathan Dobson, Blue Haas and Bob Bonham — will be dancing for the Mirror Ball Trophy or one of five other awards during Saturday’s Dancing with the Pagosa Stars event, which benefits Seeds of Learning.

By Lilli Peters
Seeds of Learning

The lights are set, the cameras are in place and the Dancing with the Pagosa Stars crew is ready for action on the dance floor this Saturday evening. After a summer of practicing, planning and pining for the Mirror Ball Trophy, our stars, coaches, emcees, volunteers and producers are ready to put on Pagosa’s virtual dance show of the year, Dancing with the Pagosa Stars. This show will not only provide for an exciting Saturday night, but will also raise money for Seeds of Learning, a local early childhood education center. 

Our six super stars, Quinlan Quiros, Theresa Snyder, Gabriel Heraty, Jonathan Dobson, Blue Haas and Bob Bonham, have been working hard to perfect their dance moves and rack up the votes for themselves and, most importantly, the children at Seeds of Learning. 

Each $1 vote goes directly to the school to help pay for critical costs like the teachers’ salaries and providing a hot meal to each child. The star with the most votes at the end of the night will win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. It is still an extremely close race, so vote for your favorite star to help them win. 

We have three easy ways to vote for your favorite star right now: 1) Visit; 2) Text dwtps to 31996; or 3) If you don’t know who to vote for, visit to read their bios and vote for your favorite. 

While your votes will help one lucky star win the Mirror Ball Trophy, a judging panel will determine the winners of the other five awards. The other awards include Best Showmanship, Best Male Dancer, Best Female Dancer, Best Costume and Best Video. Our judging panel will consist of volunteers from the Pagosa community that are passionate about Seeds of Learning. Make sure you tune in on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. to watch the performances and see which award your favorite star will receive. Don’t have a ticket yet? Go to to buy your virtual ticket. 

In addition to those you will see on camera on Saturday, a slew of volunteers have worked behind the scenes to ensure for an entertaining evening. Professionals like Leslie Carlson, Perry and Amy Harper, Dwight Peters and Jason Cox have been lending their skills to put together a polished show and tackle any challenges presented by utilizing a virtual platform. Committee members Lisa Peters, Terry McGaughy, Renee Smith, Connie Knief and Deb Jennings have been burning the midnight oil to coordinate every detail of this virtual party. And last, but certainly not least, we must mention our talented emcees Lisa Peters, Martin Rose and Corey Grindal. We are extremely grateful to all of our volunteers, including the stars and coaches. Without them, none of this would have been possible.

After a summer of hard work, we can’t wait to virtually host the Pagosa community for a night of fun, dancing and fundraising. Make sure you visit to buy your virtual ticket and vote for your favorite star. Whether or not your star wins the Mirror Ball Trophy, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you, too, are a “star” for changing the future for an at-risk child. From all of us at Seeds of Learning and Dancing with the Pagosa Stars, thank you for believing in our school and children. 

Choral Society seeking donations for scholarships Sun, 20 Sep 2020 11:00:30 +0000 By Richard Bolland
Pagosa Springs Choral Society

Each year, the Pagosa Springs Choral Society provides Director’s Scholarships to exceptional local high school students. These are normally funded by donations received at the annual Christmas concerts of the Society. 

Since this year’s Christmas concerts cannot be held due to coronavirus concerns, the society has determined to provide those scholarships out of the budget of the group, but could use some help. 

Since the Choral Society will be without income this year, we would like to encourage interested members of the community to assist us in providing these scholarships to support these deserving high school students in their efforts to continue studies in the vocal performing arts.

If you would like to assist the Choral Society with supporting this effort, donations for the Director’s Scholarships can be mailed to: Pagosa Springs Choral Society, P.O. Box 5466, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. The society thanks you in advance for your support.

E-tickets still available for GGP’s Breakfast IN a Balloon Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:43 +0000 By Sally High
Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership

Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) supporters can still buy e-tickets for Breakfast IN a Balloon for Saturday or Sunday, Sept. 19 or 20. Each $40 e-ticket provides a GGP annual membership, a delicious breakfast in a box and a long-stem rose. It’s easy. Pick up your breakfast boxes at Pagosa Baking Company after donating online.

The GGP continues to plan educational programming even though students cannot be in the Education Dome just yet. The GGP cares for the Rotary Garden and the Native Plants Garden, and continues to welcome volunteer gardeners to Community Garden Dome. The Innovation Dome continues to move forward, nearing operations, despite restrictions. The Pagosa Springs community continues to support the GGP.

What this year’s Breakfast IN a Balloon ticket cannot give us is the excitement of seeing the hot air balloon ascension, listening to live music and smiling with each other elbow to elbow in the GGP amphitheater. The GGP looks forward to September 2021 — the music, the gourmet breakfast, the hot air balloons ascending downtown, the in-person smiles and just being together in a crowded amphitheater for ColorFest.

Thank you, Pagosa Springs. Buy your breakfast e-tickets for Saturday or Sunday at 

St. Patrick’s seeking clothing donations for annual giveaway Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:17 +0000 By Lynne McCrudden
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

It is a small window, but we are hoping for a great gathering of winter clothes for the annual clothing giveaway. 

Starting this Saturday, Sept. 19, St. Patrick’s parishioners will be collecting winter clothes from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot. We are hoping the citizens of Pagosa Springs have had time to collect their outgrown, in-good-condition winter clothes for men, women, children, teenagers and infants. We are looking for pants, shirts, warm sweaters, sturdy winter shoes and boots, snowsuits for kids, winter jackets for adults and children, warm hats, warm socks, and scarves and mittens to keep out the chill. 

Our collection continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 21, 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, but if these hours do not work with your schedule, give the church office a call at 731-5801 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the week and we will try to make other arrangements for drop off. Please don’t leave clothes by the church door; we would hate to have your donation get wet or be used as bedding by our four-legged friends.

Our new interim rector, the Rev. Lyn Burns, has heard about our clothing giveaway. In fact, it has been the talk of the Episcopal diocese. She can’t wait to see the piles of clothes that are donated and then greet the shoppers on Sept. 26. 

Our driveway will be the staging area for this year’s giveaway on Sept. 26, and shopping will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Please plan on parking at the hospital in the area closest to St. Patrick’s. There is a stairway access from the hospital parking lot to St. Patrick’s and we can arrange for handicap parking if necessary. We are so grateful for the community’s support in the past and look forward to your help in keeping everyone warm this winter.