Fund Raiser – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:04:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Fund Raiser – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Archuleta County Fair goes virtual http://www.pagosasun.com/archuleta-county-fair-goes-virtual/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207891

Photo courtesy Jeff Laydon

By Shelly Cox
Archuleta County Fair Board

The 2020 Archuleta County Fair was not completely canceled by the Archuleta County Fair Board. In its resolution to cancel the fair, the board specified that it would deploy every resource it could to help the 4-H youth program and Livestock Committee run a successful 2020 fair focused on participants in 4-H projects and the Junior Livestock Sale. 

The fair board facilitated running fiber on the fairgrounds to ensure the 4-H leaders could stream the live events on Thursday and Friday to allow the general public to view and participate in the projects. 

The Livestock Kids have worked hard on their projects in the hopes of being able to provide a buyer with quality raised meat, and the Archuleta County Livestock Committee is dedicated to providing a venue in which these hardworking kids can showcase and sell their projects, a venue that ensures the safety of the kids, buyers and volunteers. 

The committee will be holding the Junior Livestock Auction online on Aug. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Join us on Saturday and bid on that grand champion turkey, rabbit, steer or whatever is your favorite and show your support for these kids who have raised these animals through this difficult year.

For details on how to preregister as a buyer, complete add-ons or to see show schedule, visit www.archuletacountyfair.com or call the Extension Office at 264-5931. 

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Save the date for a virtual Auction for the Animals http://www.pagosasun.com/save-the-date-for-a-virtual-auction-for-the-animals/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 11:00:35 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207672

Photo courtesy Humane Society of Pagosa Springs
After 25 consecutive years of hosting the live, in-person Auction for the Animals fundraiser, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs is taking this year’s Auction for the Animals virtual and online on Aug. 29. The event is slated to feature a pet costume and fashion show.

By Mike Stoll
Humane Society of Pagosa Springs

Life during a pandemic throws a few curve balls.

After 25 consecutive years of hosting the live, in-person Auction for the Animals fundraiser, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs is taking this year’s auction virtual and online. Mark your calendar for the evening of Aug. 29, to tune in for an hour full of fun and entertainment supporting our local shelter animals.

The annual August auction is the Humane Society’s largest and most important fundraising event of the year. Admission will be free with unlimited seating and open for everyone. Silent auction items will be available for viewing the week of the auction and the bidding will culminate during the livestreamed event. As always, the auction will be chock-full of unique items that will make great presents for yourself or awesome gifts for family and friends. Anyone need a pre-owned, well-maintained, fully loaded 4WD pickup truck?

For your entertainment and viewing pleasure, we’ll be bringing you a pet costume and fashion show with contestants streaming in live from various locations. Watch some classy and cute pets don some outrageous costumes or put on their sartorial splendor in support of their cousins in the animal shelter. They’ll be puttin’ on the dog and dressing like the cat’s meow for a good cause. 

A number of local restaurants are partnering with the Humane Society for this year’s virtual auction. Partner restaurants will donate a percentage of their sales the day or evening of the event to support the animal shelter. It will be a wonderful opportunity to order some takeout food from a local eatery, grab your favorite dessert and beverage, and join the auction festivities while dining and relaxing in the comfort of your own home. Watch for a list of participating restaurants in future ads.

For more information on how to donate or participate in this year’s virtual Auction for the Animals and for additional details about auction items, visit the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs’ Facebook page or our website at www.humanesociety.biz and look for articles and advertisements in The Pagosa Springs SUN during the month of August.

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs is a local private nonprofit organization that operates the only animal shelter in Archuleta County. Your local humane society does not receive funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, ASPCA or any other national animal welfare organizations. Private donations, grants and thrift store revenues cover only a portion of animal shelter operating expenses. The remainder of shelter costs must be met through fundraising events like the Auction for the Animals.

Funds raised through the auction go directly to benefit the homeless dogs and cats in our community. Board members and volunteers donate their time and talents to handle fundraising efforts by the organization and new volunteers are always welcome. Auction items and financial sponsorships are currently being accepted. 

For more information about donating or the benefits of sponsoring this year’s virtual Auction for the Animals, please contact the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs administration office at 264-5549. The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Meet this year’s Pagosa stars who are dancing for your votes http://www.pagosasun.com/meet-this-years-pagosa-stars-who-are-dancing-for-your-votes/ Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207664

Photos courtesy Ursala Hudson, Jonathan Dobson and Robert Bonham
Top left to bottom right: Quinlan Quiros, Theresa Snyder, Blue Haas, Jonathan Dobson, Gabriel Heraty and Robert Bonham.

By Gabrielle Dorr
Seeds of Learning

Seeds of Learning is honored to announce the 2020 dancers who will be winning your hearts in our annual Dancing with the Pagosa Stars event. We selected these “Stars” for their community leadership, personality, and a belief in Seed’s education. 

If you have been following this event since April, then you will notice that our lineup of “Stars” and coaches has changed. Currently, our talented female “Stars” are Quinlan Quiros and Theresa Snyder. Our respected male “Stars” are Gabriel Heraty, Blue Haas, Jonathan Dobson and Robert Bonham. Due to safety precautions, we will be streaming this year’s Dancing with the Pagosa Stars online on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. 

Our incredibly generous stars have agreed to be paired with this year’s professional coaches including Ashley Butcher, Sharina Ramsay-Adams, Alora Pelligrino, Haley Hudson, Nolan King and John Gilliam. Our stars learn a dance routine choreographed just for them and then perform for your votes now through our broadcast on Sept. 26. It will be a magical night for everyone joining in and witnessing these stars performing their dance of a lifetime.

Right now, you can go to the Seeds website at growingseeds.org/dwtps-stars/ to see the biography of each star who is competing for your votes. Voting is now open and each $1 vote moves a star closer to winning the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy and bragging rights as the winner of this year’s event. More importantly, all the proceeds go to sustaining the important work that Seeds of Learning does to prepare preschoolers for their successful future both in school and in life.

This year, ticket sales will open to the public in August. Watch our website and Facebook page (facebook.com/Dancingstarspagosa/) for specific instructions on ticket purchase and other important event information.

During the next few weeks we will tell you more about our Pagosa stars and why they have agreed to support Seeds. Each has a unique story and everyone associated with Seeds feels very lucky to have their amazing support. Their commitment to raise critically needed funds to educate vulnerable at-risk preschool children is truly inspiring. When you see these folks around town, be sure to let them know how special they are, and don’t forget to vote.

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Rise and Recover Together, Pagosa Springs merchandise to benefit local nonprofits http://www.pagosasun.com/rise-and-recover-together-pagosa-springs-merchandise-to-benefit-local-nonprofits/ Sun, 19 Jul 2020 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207260 Community Foundation serving
Southwest Colorado

The Archuleta Committee of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado has pivoted its 19th Hole Concerts and created a new, online grant opportunity for local nonprofits. Since in-person gatherings are challenging this summer, we are inviting locals to purchase merchandise that will boost community spirit and raise important dollars for nonprofits.

Rise and Recover Together, Pagosa is a campaign rooted in community spirit. It is a shared movement to lift each other up in light of the hardships faced during the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is centered on a locally designed logo to represent Pagosa’s strength and resilience during challenging times and to remind everyone we are stronger together. 

Visit basintees.com/rise, scroll down to the Pagosa Springs section to find T-shirts, hats, yard signs, stickers and window clings. All proceeds from the Pagosa Springs sales will benefit selected nonprofits (originally applicants for the 19th Hole Concerts). Benefiting organizations are: Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, Veterans 4 Veterans, Aspire and the Archuleta County Fund (which is a community foundation fund raising money for future granting to local nonprofits).

We’d like to thank the sponsors of our 19th Hole Concerts for making this pivot with us and supporting the nonprofits in this new way. Please consider joining this creative initiative by purchasing merchandise to raise community spirit during these challenging times.

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Car Hop Movie Nights: A drive-in fundraiser http://www.pagosasun.com/car-hop-movie-nights-a-drive-in-fundraiser/ Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206948 By Alison Beach
Pagosa Peak Open School

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Swing by the charter school and catch a movie in your car. It’s the perfect social distancing night out.

Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to present Car Hop Movie Nights. All summer long, we will host showings in the style of a drive-in in our parking lot at 7 Parelli Way. Movie showings are on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30 p.m. (or dusk). Entrance is by donation. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Email movies@ppos.co for movie information,showtimes and to reserve your spot. 

All donations from Car Hop Movie Nights will benefit the school’s capital campaign for building renovations. Pagosa Peak Open School is a tuition-free,public charter school serving Archuleta County dedicated to creating a community of empowered lifelong learners by providing a multiage learning environment designed to foster confidence, high academic achievement and the joy of learning through original and meaningful work. 

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Dancing with the Pagosa Stars to be virtual September event http://www.pagosasun.com/dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-to-be-virtual-september-event/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206624

Photo courtesy Seeds of Learning
The popular Dancing with the Pagosa Stars event supporting Seeds of Learning will return in a virtual format this year, to be presented on Sept. 26.

By Gabrielle Dorr
Seeds of Learning

The wildly popular Dancing with the Pagosa Stars event supporting Seeds of Learning is back on this year as a virtual event. 

This Sept. 26, the Seeds of Learning Board of Directors will bring you a virtual sensation with all of the excitement and entertainment from previous years. They invite everyone locally and beyond to tune in for a “Dancing with the Stars” television show streamed online. 

Seeds of Learning is Pagosa Springs’ very own high-quality early education facility that provides education to the area’s preschoolers. Seeds of Learning is one of only 10 percent of preschools in the United States to be nationally accredited. This wonderful organization serves at-risk children whose futures are brighter because of their Seeds education. 

The Dancing with the Pagosa Stars event raises money for the more than 80 percent of Seeds families who cannot afford the full tuition price of $54 per day so that more children can have access to the life-changing education center. 

Since the “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” event is being held virtually this year, your support will be even more vital to fundraising efforts. Besides purchasing a ticket, organizers urge you to also vote with your dollars to support your favorite Pagosa star. Each star earns points through tickets sold in their name and through the number of votes they receive. The star that earns the most votes will win the Mirror Ball Trophy.

As planning for this event continues to unfold, we will reveal more information on the Dancing with the Pagosa Stars Facebook page. To keep up with all of the updates, please visit Facebook and like our page. There you will find information about the event, ticket sales, choreographers, coaches and updates on our 2020 stars. You will also learn about some of the many reasons to support Seeds of Learning. 

Mark your calendars now for Dancing with the Pagosa Stars TV show to be streamed online on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., including a live-streamed awards ceremony. We encourage friends to gather in small groups for a home watch party or plan to watch in the comfort of your own home. Follow our Facebook page to find out when tickets go on sale sometime in August.

Dancing with the Pagosa Stars Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Dancingstarspagosa; Dancing with the Pagosa Stars website: growingseeds.org/dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-2020.

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Veterans Memorial Park of Archuleta County sells commemorative bricks to honor veterans http://www.pagosasun.com/veterans-memorial-park-of-archuleta-county-sells-commemorative-bricks-to-honor-veterans/ Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206011

Photo courtesy Bill Beno
The Veterans Memorial Park board of directors held its June 11 meeting outdoors at the park. Pictured are, left to right, Rick Walker, Jim Huffman, Trista Nauman (board members), Diane Gutman (guest, volunteer), Karin Daniels (board president) and James Van Leier (board member).

By Richard Walker
American Legion Post 108

The Veterans Memorial Park (VMP) board of directors held its June 11 meeting outdoors at the VMP. The weather was lovely at 9 a.m. and we all enjoyed being outdoors and at the park. 

In attendance were board President Karin Daniels and board members Jim Van Liere, Trista Nauman, Bill Beno, Jim Huffman, Raymond Taylor and Rick Walker.

We are pleased to announce that we have a new trash receptacle for everyone visiting the park to use. Please only deposit your picnic trash, nothing from home. We also now have a “Porta Potti” at the park.

Our “Brick Display,” which will hold the commemorative bricks we are selling to honor the veterans in our families, is being fabricated now and should be installed soon this summer. Board member and engineer Van Liere showed us where the installation will be placed, and we all look forward to its installation and dedication. An announcement will be forthcoming to inform every one of that date.

Trail improvement is planned for later this month, with Beno leading the charge on that project with his tractor. After the trails are further cut, we will work to remove debris and then install bark mulch on the trails for easier walking. 

A weed mitigation plan is also evolving to improve the look and usability of the park areas. Down the road awhile, we plan to expand the parking area to double its current size.

As the meeting was ending, we noticed a young lady in a safety vest picking up trash in the park. She has been doing this every Thursday all on her own without anyone asking her to do it. Now that’s volunteerism. 

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Stay-at-Home Push-Up Challenge a success http://www.pagosasun.com/stay-at-home-push-up-challenge-a-success/ Tue, 16 Jun 2020 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205557

Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence
After Rise Above Violence had to cancel is annual Push-Up Challenge due to COVID-19, Paula Miller stepped up to create the Stay-At-Home Push-up Challenge, raising $6,775 for Rise.

By Ashley Wilson
Rise Above Violence 

I would imagine that right now many nonprofits are struggling to navigate the changes in our community due to COVID-19, with many losing fundraising opportunities because group sizes are limited and local businesses and individuals are being impacted financially. 

It is during these times that creative efforts are needed and organizations are trying to find the balance of asking for contributions without taxing our community further. It is not an easy balance to find. Rise Above Violence is fortunate to have creative supporters who take the initiative to innovate for us.

April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is typically when Rise hosts the Push-up Challenge as one of the main fundraisers for the year. Unfortunately, we had to cancel this event. 

Paula Miller is one of our amazing supporters who comes out for the Push-Up Challenge, the Pagosa Duathlon, and has created amazing art for each and every of our Art Above Violence events. 

So this year when the Push-Up Challenge was canceled, Miller decided to do something different to support Rise. She started a Stay-At-Home Push-up Challenge, where she decided to do 50 push-ups every day in May, post those videos online and ask people to support her personal challenge. She brought in humor, education and consistency that pulled our community in to this challenge. She did push-ups in all kind of locations including at the salon, out camping and out on her trail rides. Her effort reached many people on social media and raised $6,775 for Rise. 

Rise wants to express our deepest gratitude to Miller for sharing her challenge every day in May. We want to thank those who donated. Part of this incredible challenge was a match that came in the last few days; the match was $1,500 if we could reach the $5,000 goal. This encouraged more people to give and several people to give again. Rise is so fortunate to have a community that supports us, both financially and those who volunteer their time, share our message and come out to our events. We want out community to hear our message of gratitude for the outpouring of support. 

And, Paula Miller, you are a push-up warrior. Thank you for all you do for us and being so creative in this challenge.

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‘The Application of Imagination,’ a virtual art auction and concert, to benefit Pagosa Peak Open School http://www.pagosasun.com/the-application-of-imagination-a-virtual-art-auction-and-concert-to-benefit-pagosa-peak-open-school-2/ Thu, 21 May 2020 21:00:07 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203892 By Alison Beach
Special to The PREVIEW

 On May 22, at 6 p.m., Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) will host “The Application of Imagination,” a virtual art auction and concert featuring artists and musicians Rain March, Karla Parker Choat, Bill Hudson, Keith Bruno, Alison Beach, Perry and Amy Harper, Lexi Bernstein, Jeanelle Wychesit, June Marquez and Angela Reali Crossland.

This is a Facebook live concert that will be filmed at the school following social distancing guidelines. The concert and art will be posted on the school’s Facebook page the night of the virtual event at: https://www.facebook.com/pagosacharterschool.

Artwork will be “silently auctioned” via our Facebook page during the Facebook live concert. Each piece of artwork will be posted underneath the concert and bids will be taken in the comment sections.

All funds raised will help to further PPOS’s mission to create a community of empowered, lifelong learners by providing a multiage learning environment designed to foster confidence, high academic achievement and the joy of learning through original and meaningful work.

PPOS is a tuition-free, public charter school.

 

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‘The Application of Imagination,’ a virtual art auction and concert, to benefit Pagosa Peak Open School http://www.pagosasun.com/the-application-of-imagination-a-virtual-art-auction-and-concert-to-benefit-pagosa-peak-open-school/ Fri, 15 May 2020 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203596 By Alison Beach
Special to The PREVIEW

 On May 22, at 6 p.m., Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) will host “The Application of Imagination,” a virtual art auction and concert featuring artists and musicians Rain March, Karla Parker Choat, Bill Hudson, Keith Bruno, Alison Beach, Perry and Amy Harper, Lexi Bernstein, Jeanelle Wychesit, June Marquez and Angela Reali Crossland.

This is a Facebook live concert that will be filmed at the school following social distancing guidelines. The concert and art will be posted on the school’s Facebook page the night of the virtual event at: https://www.facebook.com/pagosacharterschool.

Artwork will be “silently auctioned” via our Facebook page during the Facebook live concert. Each piece of artwork will be posted underneath the concert and bids will be taken in the comment sections.

All funds raised will help to further PPOS’s mission to create a community of empowered, lifelong learners by providing a multiage learning environment designed to foster confidence, high academic achievement and the joy of learning through original and meaningful work.

PPOS is a tuition-free, public charter school.

 

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