Fifth annual ‘Over the Rainbow’ fundraiser set for Pagosa Springs Girls Choir


By Linda Parker

Special to The PREVIEW

It is a special year for the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir (PSGC). This year, they celebrate their fifth year of existence.

The group is preparing to host an enchanting evening of fun, food and two-stepping for all guests at its fifth annual “Over the Rainbow: Making Dreams Come True for Young Girls in Pagosa Springs” fundraiser. As in the past, this year’s festive event features a silent auction, catered dinner, live musical performances and a dance, all happening at the Ross Aragon Community Center on March 2.

Making their way through the doors of the Community Center on this special Friday, guests will find themselves “Over the Rainbow” — a place where a love of music and song, and the help of a supportive community give the members in the PSGC opportunities to realize that the dreams they dare to dream really can come true.

This memorable evening begins with a silent auction that beckons with dazzling, must-have offerings generously donated by local artists and businesses. This year’s offerings include baskets galore, gifts for moms-to-be, housewarmings, shopping sprees, family outings, the list goes on and on.

An enticingly delicious, catered dinner, will be presented and followed closely by delectable chocolates for dessert.

The choir members, under the direction of Linda Parker and accompanied by Gwen Taylor, will join the fun with a short performance to thank their audience for their support. To complete the wonder and delight surrounding the evening, “Over the Rainbow” guests will be invited to don their ruby slippers, cowboy boots or footwear of choice and trip the light fantastic to the ever-popular dance music performed by the San Juan Mountain Boys.

“Over the Rainbow” tickets, which include dinner and entertainment, are $40 per person. They are available for purchase from The Buck Stops Here, Goodman’s Department Store and from any member of the PSGC. Tables of eight may also be reserved at no additional charge. For additional information regarding the event or tickets, call Parker at 264-1434 or send an email to

Doors for “Over the Rainbow” open at 5 p.m. Browse the incredible auction selections while listening to the music of fingerstyle guitarist Steve Blechschmidt. The silent auction runs from 5 to 7:15 p.m. A cash bar of beer and wine will be available all evening. Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., so don’t be late. At 6:30 p.m., guests will be treated to a special musical performance by the choir, who will also kick off the dance, leading the audience in the electric slide. At 7 p.m., the San Juan Mountain Boys will take center stage for music and dancing until 9 p.m.

Get your tickets now, save the date, March 2, and watch The PREVIEW for more exciting details of this incredible, fun-filled evening.

Proceeds from PSGC fundraisers are used to help provide scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities for choir members and to help with the organization’s operating costs.