Nonprofit – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:04:55 +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 Nonprofit – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Domestic violence results in long-lasting impact http://www.pagosasun.com/domestic-violence-results-in-long-lasting-impact/ Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=212076 By Ashley Wilson
Rise Above Violence

Imagine for a moment what it feels like to wake up one day and realize that you have put yourself and your children through all of the verbal and physical abuse that one can bear. You decide it is time to make moves to leave the relationship that has caused so much self-doubt and isolation, and create a world for your family that is free of violence. 

As this awareness hits, it is immediately followed by the troubling realization that you are waking up in the bed and the home that you share with your abusive partner that is provided by their income. It is not that you are unable to work, but you have been told you need to leave your job to raise the children, or the constant fights and bruises have caused you to miss work so many times that you were fired. 

In order to make your decision to leave a reality, the basic need of shelter can be a barrier that may seem impossible to defeat with so much stacked against you and that is only the first and most obvious thing. Now you have to figure out how to navigate a legal system to protect yourself and your children, you have to decide what to tell friends and family — many of whom might not believe you. You have to decide if you can take your family dog since many rentals won’t allow pets; yet your abusive partner has threatened to harm your beloved animal. 

Community members often ask why victims of domestic violence don’t leave and, unfortunately, the answer is never straight forward. It takes victims an average of seven times to leave for good because there are so many barriers and the cycle of violence is rarely clear-cut. There are good times mixed in with the abuse, there are apologies and promises, there are threats and there are so many hurdles.

Domestic violence costs a community. It has an emotional impact, an economic impact, and when considering that children are often witnesses to the abuse, a long-lasting impact. According to NCADV.org, 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. The economic impact of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year and causes victims to lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year. Many victims, up to 60 percent, lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.

Do you feel overwhelmed by those numbers? Do you want to help but are not sure how? The #1Thing that will end domestic violence is our collective power, our collective voice. Each one of us in this community can do #1Thing because we believe that awareness plus action equals social change. 

If you want to learn more about #1Thing you can do, join us today at 9 a.m. for Coffee Talk on the Rise Above Violence Facebook Live. If you read this and have missed it, it is recorded on our Facebook page. You can also call Rise at 264-1129 to learn more about how to help.

If you need help because you are in an abusive relationship, Rise Above Violence is here. You can get help 24/7 through our hotline at 264-9075. We also have many programs at Rise that can help you keep yourself and your family safe. 

Our Housing Program helps our clients feel confident and safe when choosing to independently stabilize. Since starting this program in the spring of 2019, we have helped maintain housing and/or located new appropriate housing for 10 families in our community. 

Our Emergency Assistance Program is for clients in need of onetime rental assistance, utility assistance or relocation costs. This program has helped us move families quickly away from perpetrators in ways such as greyhound bus tickets or gas for their vehicles, and we have also been able to assist in U-Haul costs for families planning to make a fresh start for themselves. 

Our Legal Advocacy Program helps clients understand the legal system and their rights. While Rise staff cannot give legal advice, we can help them understand how the system works, and through some grant funding, may be able to connect them with low-bono attorneys. Perpetrators often use civil court proceedings or threats of court proceedings to continue to hold control over victims and their children.

Rise advocates offer support through the entire process and supporting victims with whatever choices they make to keep themselves safe. Staff, who are knowledgeable about cycles of abuse, provide social and emotional support as clients plan for safety.

Our programs have not only been successful because of Rise, but is largely so successful because of help from community members who have recognized our cause and chosen to selflessly lend a helping hand.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there are many things you can do to help. #1Thing: Please consider volunteering your time as a crisis advocate or help us run one of our fundraising events. Rise operates from grants and generous donors in our community. Consider being a monthly donor. Even $10 a month adds up quickly when a community commits together. Visit the donor page at our website to learn about all the ways you can help.

Rise Above Violence 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 more than 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 www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.

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New programs for disabled adults: Aspen House/Aspen Services extends services in Pagosa Springs http://www.pagosasun.com/new-programs-for-disabled-adults-aspen-house-aspen-services-extends-services-in-pagosa-springs/ Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211879 By Nathan Mueller
Aspen House/Aspen Services

Aspen House/Aspen Services (AH/AS) is expanding programs and services to help disabled adults develop new life skills. 

AH/AS is committed to supporting adults with disabilities in Pagosa Springs through housing, transportation and job/life skills training. Two initiatives have been recently launched by the nonprofit. 

The first initiative does an excellent job in supporting disabled adults and the environment. The new recycling program will be focused on recycling laptops. The program will teach job skills to the young adults and prepare them for life after high school. The recycling program will also provide a place for the community to dispose of laptops, reducing the electronic waste going to the landfill. 

“I’m excited to see all the benefits that can come from this one program; helping disabled adults, caring for the environment and Pagosa residents getting electronic recycling,” said board member Cyndi Carr. 

The second initiative relates to AH/AS taking over PS FroYo. The goal with expanding operations is to make it a year-round business so adults with disabilities can be supported outside of summer months. It is another place to teach job skills and provide funding to the organization.

About AH/AS 

Mission: To cultivate an environment of success for adults with developmental disabilities and their community. 

Visit us at aspenhousepagosa.org or call us at 398-1636 for further information. 

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What is your #1Thing? http://www.pagosasun.com/what-is-your-1thing/ Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211339 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 riseaboveviolence.org. 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 riseaboveviolence.org.

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 www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.

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Fifth annual Art Above Violence set for Oct. 10 http://www.pagosasun.com/fifth-annual-art-above-violence-set-for-oct-10/ Wed, 07 Oct 2020 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210994

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 www.riseaboveviolence.org.

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, www.riseaboveviolence.org, or the auction site, www.charityauctionstoday.com/t/2020–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 www.riseaboveviolence.org 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.

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Pagosa Innovation Center announces changes to board of directors http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-innovation-center-announces-changes-to-board-of-directors/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210341

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The Pagosa Innovation Center board of directors. Dawn Kolpin and Jesse White were recently appointed to the nonprofit’s board.

By Cassidy Crisp
Pagosa Innovation Center

Pagosa Innovation Center announces that it has appointed Dawn Kolpin and Jesse White to its board of directors. 

The nonprofit organization has voted unanimously to add the two experienced technology professionals to its board of directors, promptly following the July 2020 board resignation of Royce Gomez-King. Kolpin will serve as president of the board, leading Community and Programs Development. 

“We are pleased to welcome Dawn and Jesse as new directors on the board of Pagosa Innovation Center and especially value the constructive discussions we have had as a team,” said Gary Hedgeock, board member and PIC co-founder. “They joined Pagosa Innovation Center at an exciting time just as we secured our official nonprofit status. We have appreciated the opportunity to clarify our position, mission and forward strategy together, along with the launch of our coworking space and future development planning of our outreach programs. The addition of these two complements our board of directors’ skills and experiences, and we are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategies.” 

Kolpin is no stranger to innovation strategy, community service, remote working or startups. She launched her career in California’s Bay Area and has been leading remote teams around the globe since the late 1990s. After 15 years living abroad and being involved in the development and acquisition of various tech startups and industry-changing transformation projects, Kolpin moved back to the states with her husband and children to Pagosa Springs. Kolpin and her husband have been active members of the Pagosa community for years, serving on local school boards, trade skills initiatives and think tanks, while raising a family in the mountain town they now call home. 

White will serve as director of operations and board member of Pagosa Innovation Center, having been a key player in the establishment of the coworking space along with Hedgecock. White is a full-time resident and an active community volunteer in Pagosa Springs; he lives here with his wife and two children. White is a (remote) senior engineering manager with a leading global software company, and previously worked with NBC Universal Media as a lead engineer. 

Pagosa Innovation Center plans to regularly evaluate the composition of its board of directors in order to ensure it includes the appropriate skills, experience and perspective necessary to develop membership, partners, financing and programs to achieve its mission. With recent director additions, four directors now comprise Pagosa Innovation Center’s actively engaged board looking forward to planning its first year operating as a nonprofit organization: Hedgecock, Michael Whiting, White and Kolpin. 

The mission of Pagosa Innovation Center is to attract and connect people and ideas to successful futures in Pagosa Springs. Pagosa Innovation Center envisions an energetic, thriving and magnetic town in the mountains, where every person has the tools and opportunities to live their potential. 

For more information about our programs or to book into our 1Gb-enabled co-working space, please visit our website, www.pagosainnovationcenter.com, or find us on social media. 

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E-tickets still available for GGP’s Breakfast IN a Balloon http://www.pagosasun.com/e-tickets-still-available-for-ggps-breakfast-in-a-balloon/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210317 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 https://pagosagreen.org/breakfast-in-a-balloon. 

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Save the date for fifth annual Art Above Violence http://www.pagosasun.com/save-the-date-for-fifth-annual-art-above-violence/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210009

Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence
Rise Above Violence will host its fifth annual Art Above Violence exhibit and performance at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10. Tickets are on sale now for this year’s virtual event at riseaboveviolence.org.

By Ashley Wilson
Rise Above Violence

Tickets are on sale now for the fifth annual Art Above Violence exhibit and performance, set to premier one month from today, on Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. 

To get more information or purchase your ticket to this year’s virtual event, go to riseaboveviolence.org. Tickets start at $15 for individuals and go up to $50 for families or groups under 10 people. We are working hard to bring you a beautifully crafted virtual event.

These current times in our community are requiring nonprofits to get more creative and Rise Above Violence is no exception. With so many fundraising events canceled for the year, Rise is always looking for ways to engage the community and raise much-needed funds.

Two ways that we have begun to approach this is through a monthly giving program and a business partnership program. 

The monthly giving program asks donors to consider a $10 (or more) monthly reoccurring gift that helps to support victims and survivors in an ongoing, consistent way. The $10 covers the cost of one crisis call. In recent months, Rise has seen an increase in calls of 51 percent. 

More people are reaching out and Rise is committed to being available and responsive to those calls. Our hotline, 264-9075, is available to our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Even under the stay-at-home orders and continued restrictions, the staff and volunteers at Rise have been creative in keeping everyone safe, but also answering the crisis calls that keep coming in. If you are interested in learning more, our website, www.riseaboveviolence.org, has all the information, or call 264-1129, ext 4.

Our business partnership program is launching this month. Our business partners pick a day where they choose to give a percentage of that day’s sales to Rise. Find more information about how to participate on these giving days or how to become a business partner on our website or by calling 264-1129, ext 4.

As we all navigate through this time in our community, one thing is for sure: We will be more creative and stronger on the other side. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence or sexual assault, you are not alone. Rise is here to 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 www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today. 

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Nonprofit capacity-building webinar series to be offered http://www.pagosasun.com/nonprofit-capacity-building-webinar-series-to-be-offered/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=209947 By Tracy Pope
Community Foundation serving
Southwest Colorado

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado has opened registration for two comprehensive training webinars discussing COVID-impacted nonprofit financials. The foundation’s “Something to Chew On” webinar series is free and convenient, designed for nonprofit leaders to grab a lunch, log in via Zoom and learn valuable lessons in nonprofit management.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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El Pomar Foundation approves $140,000 to nonprofits in the southwest region http://www.pagosasun.com/el-pomar-foundation-approves-140000-to-nonprofits-in-the-southwest-region/ Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208887 El Pomar Foundation

Grant funding of $140,000 will support the work of nonprofits in the southwest region. El Pomar Foundation trustees approved grant allocations to nine nonprofit organizations in the southwest region at the foundation’s July trustees meeting. 

Through the foundation’s grant making process, the following local organizations were awarded grants:

• Archuleta County of Pagosa Springs — $30,000 for a school counseling program; Regional Council.

• United Way of Southwest Colorado of Durango — $5,000 for the Pagosa Outreach Connection; Regional Merit.

Founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937, El Pomar Foundation has an established legacy of general purpose grant making throughout the state of Colorado. The competitive process remains the foundation’s primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding, which accepts applications on a rolling basis. Additionally, over the last 80 years, El Pomar has either developed or been entrusted with the stewardship of a number of other funds, as well as presenting Trustee and Regional Council merit grants.

Since 2003, El Pomar’s regional partnerships program has also provided invaluable support to 11 regions statewide, representing all 64 counties, led by more than 70 community leaders on regional councils, in an effort to increase impact and establish connections across the entire state. Each of the foundation’s 11 regional councils advises El Pomar trustees and recommends grants to help support its communities. The Southwest Regional Council recommends grants in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. Council members are regional leaders in the business, nonprofit and public sectors and provide firsthand information about current needs in their own communities.

To view a full listing of El Pomar’s funds and grant-making areas, please visit our website at https://www.elpomar.org/grant-making/.

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Virtual Auction for the Animals set for Aug. 29 http://www.pagosasun.com/virtual-auction-for-the-animals-set-for-aug-29/ Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208368 By Mike Stoll
Humane Society of Pagosa Springs

Is it new normal or no normal?

Either way, with restrictions on social gatherings still prudently in place, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs (HSPS) is not inviting you to dress up and come to the 26th annual Auction for the Animals. Instead, we’re bringing the auction to you.

After 25 consecutive years of hosting our live, in-person auction fundraiser, we’re taking this year’s version virtual and online. On Aug. 29, you can tune in at 6:30 p.m. from the comfort of your own home and enjoy an hour full of fun and entertainment supporting our local shelter animals. Dress code is your-home casual, so wear whatever you like because the shelter dogs and cats won’t mind a bit as long as you join in.

This year’s virtual event will feature a silent auction, as well as live entertainment. Auction items will be available for online preview beginning Aug. 15, and bidding will commence on Aug. 21. The auction will conclude on Aug. 31. Live entertainment this year will feature music from local favorite singer/songwriter Tim Sullivan and a pet fashion show. 

Mixing pets and creative costumes in a live setting has the potential to be entertaining in a number of ways, so tune in for the fun and be prepared to vote for your favorites in the categories of most creative, funniest and most unexpected. To learn more about Tim Sullivan or pet fashion show participation, or to preview and bid on silent auction items, go to www.hspagosa.org 

Headlining this year’s silent auction is a 2010 silver Ford F150 crew cab 5.4L V8 four-wheel drive pickup truck. This is a one-owner vehicle with fewer than 77,000 original miles, kept in a garage. Regularly serviced, with a new pristine windshield, no damage or accidents, with a Carfax report available. June 2020 service included new tires, oil change and filters, multipoint inspection and service to battery terminals and cables. Truck has XM radio and is equipped with sync, power door locks, cruise control, tow hitch receiver, a WARN M8000 premium winch and large elk/deer grille guard. Pickup has a 6-foot Rhino lining bed with nationwide lifetime warranty, locking tailgate, keyless entry, power windows and all owner manuals included. 

Here’s a brief sampling of additional silent auction items. How about a 25 horsepower 4×4 Komodo tractor with loader and only 54 hours of service time? We have a variety of signed art and prints, including two beautiful pet prints by Colorado artist Tracy Miller and a limited-edition Patrick Nagel Commemorative No.1 framed serigraph. For rock music fans, there’s a framed photo of Aerosmith, autographed by all the band members, with certificate of authenticity. If you prefer to dance to your own beat, we have a set of four beautiful natural pedestal drums. Other auction items include a selection of fine jewelry, multiple gift baskets, trip packages, gift certificates for local dining and much, much more.

Exclusive to this year’s silent auction is one South African animal watching and photo safari trip (land package only) with a newly extended 24-month expiration window (until summer/fall 2022). The trip includes seven days and six nights in either the Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge or the Hemingway tented camp. This trip is offered through a reputable company and was paid for and donated back to HSPS by someone unable to travel. As a paid trip, the opening bid will start at a super competitive price. It will be a great value for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

No live auction this year means we can’t host a catered dinner. But local food will still be a highlight of our virtual event. Several restaurants are partnering with HSPS and donating a percentage of their food sales from Aug. 29 to support our animal shelter. Buy yourself some lunch or order some takeout dinner to enjoy during the virtual event from our partner restaurants and you’ll be supporting both local eateries and the shelter animals at the same time. 

The HSPS 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 Virtual Auction for the Animals. The HSPS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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