Fund Raiser – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:51:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Colorado Gives nonprofit spotlight: Habitat for Humanity, The Humane Society and Rise Above Violence Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:00:36 +0000 By Lori Henricksen, Mike Stoll and Ashley Wilson
Special to The PREVIEW
Colorado Gives Day promotes giving to nonprofits that directly impact our community. This week’s spotlight highlights organizations that provide vital services to our community. Give where you live, Pagosa.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity, now, more than ever, is making a difference in Archuleta County.
We’ve spent the last 25 years providing affordable homeownership in our community by building 27 homes for working families and completing vital home repairs for 28 senior households. In 2019, we expanded our impact on homeownership to:
• A school district employee with two children who became a first-time homeowner.
• Three area families who received low-interest USDA mortgages to purchase a home.
• Four senior households who will age in place due to repairs performed on their homes.
This was accomplished with more than 6,800 hours of volunteer labor, 500 hours of homeowner sweat equity and the financial generosity of individuals and businesses like you.
Habitat operates entirely on funds generated from this affiliate, so we rely on your support to provide homeownership for Archuleta County families who would not otherwise be able to own their home. By contributing to Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County through, you’ll help us impact more Archuleta County families. Our goals for 2020 include:
• One new home built for a family of four (another school district employee).
• Four home repairs for seniors.
• Four low-interest USDA loans for new homeowners.
• Preparation to increase our new home construction to two per year starting in 2021.
The impact your donation makes to these families is more than physical shelter. Homeownership provides:
• A stable place for children to grow up, empowering future generations.
• Pride of ownership and investment in the community.
• Social mobility through home value appreciation.
Your investment in Habitat also adds to our community’s economic base:
• We build a product that stays in Archuleta County, providing tax revenue for our infrastructure.
• Over 88 percent of the materials and services we purchase are in Archuleta County.
• A total of 92 percent of the grants and donations we receive stays in Archuleta County. A small amount of our income is tithed to Habitat’s mission in vulnerable communities around the globe.
• More than 50 Care-A-Vanners — Habitat volunteers that travel throughout the country building homes — stayed, played and worked in Pagosa, adding “volun-tourism” dollars to our economy.
Humane Society of
Pagosa Springs
The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs (HSPS) operates the only animal shelter in Archuleta County and provides a safe haven for lost, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats. Shelter staff work diligently to reunite lost pets with their families and to find new, loving homes for abandoned and unwanted animals.
Over the past five years, HSPS has maintained a 98 percent live-release rate for all animals entering the shelter, far exceeding the criteria for consideration as a “no kill” shelter. Of the 3,200 dogs and cats entering the shelter during that time, 1,650 were adopted, more than 1,000 lost animals were reunited with their families, and another 400 were transferred to larger like-minded Colorado shelters where adoption demand is great and a new home is just days, not weeks, away.
In addition to caring for animals in need, HSPS serves our community with a wide range of programs designed to benefit both pets and people. HSPS’s spay/neuter programs provide free and low-cost spay/neuter assistance. Since 2015, HSPS has helped cover the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for over 650 owned pets and nearly 800 unowned outdoor cats, as well over 1,200 HSPS shelter animals that were spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
Our community pet retention programs offer assistance to local families and individuals who might otherwise be forced to surrender their pets when faced with unforeseen emergencies or hardships. Programs include a veterinary emergency fund to help cover the cost of pet medical emergencies, helping over 200 in the last five years; provide food donations; help with the cost of pet deposits for pet-friendly affordable housing; provide safe-keeping for pets when an owner is temporarily hospitalized or incapacitated; and offer aid to senior citizens who may struggle to provide the level of care their pets need.
Providing quality care for hundreds of shelter animals each year and supporting our community service programs is enormously expensive. Revenue from grants, fundraisers and our thrift store covers only a portion of annual costs. Financial gifts from donors, near and far, are essential to our continued success.
Rise Above Violence
Rise Above Violence is the only organization that provides supportive services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Pagosa Springs and the whole of Archuleta County. Rise provides all services for free in order to offer help, hope and healing to those who have experiences this kind of trauma. Rise supports between 350 and 400 victims each year through grants, donations, fundraising efforts and volunteers Rise provides the following services:
• Immediate crisis intervention available 24 hours a day by an advocate trained to listen and provide support. Call anytime day or night at 264-9075.
• Court advocate to explain the criminal justice system and assist with civil restraining orders.
• Emergency transportation to safe shelter. Shelter provided by the SW Safehouse.
• Advocates to assist with other community agencies and supportive organizations.
• Information and referrals.
• Speakers and trainers to provide community education.
• Youth education on topics such as bullying, Internet safety and healthy relationships.
Domestic violence is a repeating pattern, and that recovery from either domestic violence or sexual assault can be a lengthy process. While our advocates are not professional counselors, they do understand. They are trained to assess the needs identify and discuss the options, access available services, and provide information and referrals to other agencies available to help with long-term issues. Rise also has a court advocate on staff to explain and assist with the legal process, including help with filing of restraining orders.
Rise provides all of its services through the help of committed volunteers and the generous support of our community.
Colorado Gives Day
Colorado Gives Day highlights local nonprofits so you can select an organization (or several) that are close to your heart and make an impact in our local community. The organizations from Archuleta County participating are: Rise Above Violence, Aspire, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Justice Ministries of Pagosa and Sonlight Adventures.
Please consider supporting Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Rise Above Violence and our fellow nonprofits on Southwest Colorado Gives Day. Your support strengthens our community. We appreciate your generosity.
For more information or to donate, visit

Save the date for artisans, animals and shopping Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:00:10 +0000 By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW
If holiday shopping is on your to-do list for Thanksgiving weekend, then mark your calendar for the fourth annual Art for the Animals (AFTA) artisan extravaganza. This year’s AFTA will take place on Nov. 30 at the PLPOA clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
AFTA is an artisan collaboration to benefit the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs and the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, and features the works and wares of 20 local artists, artisans, jewelers and craftsmen. This event is a wonderful opportunity to do some quality gift shopping for friends and loved ones and support our local artists and animal shelter at the same time. It’s festive, family-friendly and admission is free.
You’ll find a wide array of gift-giving ideas, all under one roof. Featured art and wares will include handmade leather and suede household items, apparel, ceramics and handmade mugs, home décor, unique equestrian gifts, children’s books, original art and note cards, organic beauty products, glasswork, sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, ready-to-give gift baskets and much more. Visit the Humane Society website ( for the full lineup of participating artisans and check out future editions of the The Pagosa Springs SUN and PREVIEW for more details.
If shopping works up an appetite, there will be food on hand to satisfy a hungry family, so you can make AFTA a lunch date, too. To quench your thirst, the Humane Society beverage bar will feature its Hermosa Coffee Roasters coffees, along with a variety of holiday drinks, including cider, eggnog and hot chocolate. A selection of adult beverages will also be available and there will be live music for your listening pleasure.
AFTA is a one-stop shop and eat event for the entire family. With gift ideas galore to choose from, you can plan to shop ‘til you drop and then regroup and relax with a beverage, some delicious food and enjoy the sounds of some wonderful live music.
So, mark your calendar and plan on making Art for the Animals an awesome part of your Thanksgiving weekend shopping on Nov. 30 at the PLPOA clubhouse, 230 Port Ave. Shop where you live, find the perfect gifts, have some lunch, and support the animal shelter and local artists all at the same time.

56th annual Russ Hill Bazaar to open Monday Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:00:17 +0000 By Barbara Draper
Special to The PREVIEW
The ever-popular Russ Hill Wreath Bazaar will be open for the 56th consecutive year Monday, Nov. 18, through Dec. 9 at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St.
Local greens are harvested and the scent of our pine forests will greet customers at the door. Both walk-in and phone orders can be placed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. except for Nov. 27, 28 and 29, when the bazaar will be closed for Thanksgiving. The designated phone number for the bazaar is 264-4538. Please do not call the church office with your order.
Two wreath sizes are available. The standard wreaths (about 25 inches wide) are $35. Shipping is available for an additional fee. Extra large wreaths (about 45 inches wide) are $70. Unfortunately, shipping is not available for this size. Each wreath will be decorated with pine cones and a bow that can be selected from several colors. Wreaths can also be customized with special bows and other embellishments for an additional charge.
Table arrangements will be created by custom order this year. There will not be a cash and carry selection available. You are welcome to bring your ideas and/or work with the arrangements specialists for your creation. Prices will vary according to your order.
There are many good reasons to purchase these wreaths. Perhaps foremost is the fact that all profits are distributed in Archuleta County to deserving nonprofits through mini grants. You can simplify your gift-giving decisions, avoid long lines for mailing and anyone on your list will surely appreciate such a thoughtful gift from Pagosa Springs. As for your own wreath, you will not find one made from fresher materials or that will be as long lasting.
The bazaar elves look forward to helping you. You are welcome to come visit the workshop between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 to 3 p.m. to see how the wreaths are made. It is wise not to wait too long to order. A maximum of 500 wreaths will be created this year and many phone and mail orders come from across the country. Former residents continue the tradition of having Pagosa wreaths for their own homes and gifts.

Christmas Tea tickets on sale Monday Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:00:18 +0000

Photo courtesy Sandy Artzberger
The women of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church are beginning preparations for the annual Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18 in the church Parish Hall.

By Sandy Artzberger
Special to The PREVIEW
The women of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church are getting ready to make cream cheese scones with strawberries and chocolate chips; open face sandwiches; savories consisting of cucumber/dill on rye-recipe from Empress Hotel in Victoria, Canada; carrot/ginger sandwiches and tarragon chicken salad — recipe from the Silver Palate; and tea desserts for you at their annual Christmas Tea to be held Dec. 7. in the church Parish Hall (next to the church).
The aroma of cinnamon apple tea, decorations, tea table settings and hanging Christmas quilts will transport you back to the time of Charles Dickens.
Tickets are $15 each and will go on sale in St. Pat’s Parish Hall Monday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. If not all sold out on Monday, tickets will be sold in the church on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no advanced sale of tickets, even to parishioners, and there is a limit of eight tickets to one buyer. Also, there’ll be two seatings at the Dec. 7 tea: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most tables seat four. Scones and tea will be available to “early birds” on Monday ticket sale day.
Unique this year will be musical entertainment from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the church which is free and open to all attending the tea and those without tea tickets. The musical groups are the Night Song Trio and the Dickens’ Carolers. Handmade crafts will be for sale in both the Parish Hall and church.
Yes, this is a community outreach fundraiser. However, since the tea’s beginning, the women of St. Pat’s see it mainly as their gift to the women of Pagosa Springs to be a bit of a respite before the busyness of the holidays.

Operation Christmas Child hopes to fill 3,000 boxes Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:00:53 +0000 By Jeannie Faverino
Special to The PREVIEW
Have you ever thought about life without a toothbrush or a bar of soap?
Millions of little children around the world have never experienced the luxury that we take for granted.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has been bringing joy and God’s love to children around the globe living in impoverished situations and areas of disaster or war since 1993. Over 11 million shoe boxes are sent worldwide each Christmas season, giving many children the first gift they have ever received.
You and your entire family can be part of the world’s largest Christmas project, too. It’s easy here in Pagosa Springs, for 18 local churches have a table in their lobby filled with red and green shoe boxes and smiling volunteers to assist you.
Several businesses — including Ace Hardware, Bookends, Dollar General, High Altitude Closet, UPS, First Southwest Bank, Wells Fargo and Colorado Roadhouse — have boxes waiting for you to fill as well.
Just pick a boy or girl ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and go shopping at one of our local stores for items like a toothbrush, soap, washcloth, a pencil, crayons and a coloring book. Throw in a little doll, car, stuffed animal, shirt and pair of socks. Personalize your gift with a picture of you and a note of encouragement.
Don’t include candy or toothpaste so it will meet custom regulations. Labels are provided in each box, as well as an opportunity to donate $9 for postage of your box.
Linda George, our team leader for Archuleta County, is counting on you to help us reach our goal of 3,000 boxes for the 2019 season.
The collection week for all shoe boxes will be Nov. 18-25. Our drop-off location is CrossRoad Christian Fellowship, 1033 Park Ave., next to the Recreation Center. Bring your filled boxes during the following times and bring joy to a child:
• Nov. 18, noon-5 p.m.
• Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 24, 1-5 p.m.
• Nov. 25, 8-10 a.m.

72nd annual Marine Reserve Toys for Tots campaign underway Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:00:37 +0000 By Loren Foster
Special to The PREVIEW
The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots 2019 campaign is underway in Archuleta County.
Thank you to the Pagosa Springs community for its generous donations of toys and checks during the 2018 season. Last year, your contributions enabled 425 local children to each receive up to three toys and a stocking stuffer during the distribution event at the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish at 499 Lewis St.
This location will also be used for the 2019 season with toy distribution scheduled for Dec. 21 starting at 11 a.m. Children will not be permitted in the IHM Parish Hall during the distribution event. Identification is required at check-in only to verify residency in Archuleta County.
To participate in the 2019 Marine Toys for Tots giveaway, parents must register their children online by Dec. 16. Parents may register their children at the following agencies: Aspire, Department of Human Services, Head Start, Rise Above Violence and San Juan Basin Public Health.
Those parents that are not clients of these agencies but wish to register their children should contact Justice Ministries by phone at 264-4483 to leave a message.
If you need help to register, visit the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library for assistance with computers to register at the local Marine Toys for Tots website:
Personal information is taken only for the purpose of matching the numbers of toys with the number and age of the children registered and to clarify information provided. No personal information is retained past the 2019 campaign.
Toys and tax-deductible monetary donations are needed and greatly appreciated. All toy and monetary donations remain 100 percent within the county. Toy donations should not exceed $30 each. All monetary donations are used to buy more toys to ensure there are enough for age groups 1 month through 17 years. Sadly, we run out of toys before we run out of children who deserve a little Christmas. Every attempt is made to ensure good purchase decisions using our tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. We may buy toys locally or, time permitting, purchase them at lower cost from toy wholesalers, making your monetary donations go even further.
Please join us in helping to offer hope and joy to those less-fortunate families with children in our communities. Toy donations may be made at toy drop box locations throughout Pagosa Springs until Dec. 18 as the boxes will be picked up from the toy drop sites for sorting in preparation of distributing them to those who have registered. For toy drop site box locations or to make an online monetary donation via credit card, see the website address above. Please mail checks to Marine Toys For Tots, P.O. Box 1567, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

St. Patrick’s annual Christmas Tea set for Dec. 7 Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:00:02 +0000

Photo courtesy Lynne McCrudden
Wendy McAllister welcomes you to St. Patrick’s annual Christmas Tea. This year’s tea is set for Dec. 7.

By Lynne McCrudden
Special to The PREVIEW
This is one of the Christmas events in Pagosa Springs not to be missed. This year’s tea is taking a different look. We are creating a Dickens Christmas in our redecorated Parish Hall. There will be the Tea Shoppe, The Olde Bookshoppe and the Speckled Hen Pub to choose to sit and enjoy tea, scones, delicious savories and those diet-breaking desserts.
The tea will be held on Dec. 7 and there will be two seatings. The first seating is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second seating is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The tables will be mostly tables of four so you can sit, sip, munch and chat.
Between the two seatings there will be beautiful Christmas music in the Sanctuary from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. The music will be provided by the Nightsong Trio and The Dickens Carolers, and the performance is open to the public and does not require a ticket to the tea to attend. So, encourage your friends who may not be able to make the tea to join you for some lovely music.
The women of the church will also provide gifts and crafts in the Curiosity Shoppe and gently used books will be available for sale in the Olde Bookshoppe.
A great afternoon of shopping, eating and music can be yours for a ticket of $15. The tickets will go on sale Monday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. in the church Parish Hall. No tickets will be sold before this date and if we do not sell out on Monday, tickets will be available in the church office Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Gather your favorite friends for an afternoon of quiet fellowship, a lovely English tea and beautiful Christmas music. Isn’t this the perfect way to start one of the busiest times of the year? A little calm before the Christmas rush.

Arctic Adventure Fall Family Night Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:00:23 +0000

SUN photos/Terri House

Halloween-clad students of all ages enjoy time spent with family and friends at Pagosa Springs Elementary School during Arctic Adventure Fall Family Night put together by the Partners In Education Committee on Oct. 24. Students and parents alike were treated to a homemade meal along with an arctic/frozen performance, story time, various games and crafts, and the book fair.

Holiday Bazaar Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:54 +0000

Photos Randi Pierce and Peggy Andrews

The longstanding Holiday Bazaar helped kick off the holiday season in Pagosa Country last weekend, with dozens of booths offering homemade wares. The event also featured a bake sale and silent auction.

A few tickets still available for Tim Sullivan family benefit concert Mon, 04 Nov 2019 12:00:54 +0000

Photo courtesy Heather Sullivan
KT Sullivan.

By Carole Howard
Special to The PREVIEW
A few tickets still are available for the Tim Sullivan family benefit concert on Saturday evening, Nov. 9, in Durango, showcasing the musical skills of three members of the talented Sullivan family, plus two other special guests, in a cabaret-style benefit concert.
All concert proceeds go to the Jim and Elizabeth Sullivan Foundation for the Arts to provide scholarships for deserving local youth with a talent for music, dance or the visual arts in Archuleta and La Plata counties. Pagosa Springs youth who have benefited from scholarships from the Sullivan Foundation include singers Gustavo Palma and Allora Leonard, Kathleen Isberg’s piano student Jovanka Ponce de Leon and the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir.

Photo courtesy Heather Sullivan
Elizabeth Sullivan.

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at the Strater Hotel. Reserved seats are $50 and $75 each, available by calling Tim Sullivan at 749-5531 or emailing, or emailing Claudine McAnelly at Tables for four, six and eight are available, as are corporate sponsorships.
Tim Sullivan is well-known in Pagosa Springs for his many local performances as a country music singer/songwriter where the dance floor is jammed with people doing the Texas two-step and line dances to his music, both original and covers of such greats as George Jones and the Eagles.
He has performed in seven countries. He also has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Carnegie Hall, and appeared on stage with country stars such as Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette.
The headliner at the concert will be Tim Sullivan’s sister, KT Sullivan. She is an internationally acclaimed singer and recording artist who performs regularly in New York City at the famed Algonquin Hotel, made famous as the home of the Round Table after World War I when leading literary figures met there daily to exchange ideas and opinions — and launch The New Yorker magazine.
KT Sullivan has sung in numerous venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and also in London, China and Australia. Her theater credits include Broadway, where she starred in Marilyn Monroe’s role of Loralei in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and played and danced the tango with Sting in “Threepenny Opera.” She was a guest star on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” and twice was named one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America magazine. She just released a new CD of duets called “Thanks for the Memories.”
In addition to Tim Sullivan and KT Sullivan, their mother, Elizabeth Sullivan, is coming from Oklahoma to perform. A brilliant vocalist, songwriter and piano player, Elizabeth Sullivan is the matriarch of this accomplished musical family. Years ago, her eight children formed the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers with their mother, from whom they learned classical piano and voice as youngsters.
Also on stage will be award-winning singer and recording artist Natalie Douglas, as well as jazz pianist and composer Jon Weber, who hosts “Piano Jazz” on NPR.
While here, these gifted musicians will host master classes for local high school and college-age performers who want to take advantage of their knowledge and experience. The sessions will take place at the Henry Strater Theatre on Friday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $25 and scholarships are available through the Sullivan Foundation. Contact Tim Sullivan for an application. One of the master class participants will be chosen to receive a scholarship from the foundation to perform at the 2020 Cabaret Convention in New York City. Other ages are welcome to audit these classes with no charge.