Humane Society thanks communityThe La Plata County Humane Society held the 11th annual Bark & Wine event on Nov. 10 at the Fort Lewis College Ballroom, which provided a wonderful venue. Almost 300 guests came to support the mission of LPCHS – to enhance and protect the lives of companion animals in our community. Bark & Wine is the annual fundraiser providing financial support for programs such as Behavior & Medical Rehabilitation and Community Courtesy Hold, among many others, which are free to the two- and four-legged community members, and therefore require financial support from fundraising and other donor-related programs.
We were most fortunate and grateful to have approximately 20 volunteers assist our efforts throughout the day and evening of the event, with many more helping out throughout the long coordination process. The immense support that LPCHS receives from the community in donations for the live and silent auction is truly remarkable, and this year resulted in over 100 auction items from just under 75 donors.
Bark & Wine 2018 had 14 sponsors, who are invaluable in providing the financial support necessary to produce this level of event. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to: Premier Sponsors: Pet Haus, Ultrasteam and Upper East Side Liquors; Contributing Sponsors: Mile High Plumbing and Healthy Hounds & Fat Cats; Supporting Sponsors: Russell Planning & Engineering, Spay Colorado, Alpine Bank, Willow Tree Kennels and the Durango Kennel Club; and the Event Sponsors: Durango Organics – photo booth; Four Corners Community Bank – wine glasses; Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – tickets; and X-Rock Radio – music and emcee talent of Cody Kopp throughout the evening.
It would be difficult to express the gratitude and appreciation we feel for everyone who was involved in this event. We are truly thankful.
La Plata County Humane Society Staff and Board of Directors
Kiwanis Club thanks sponsors, volunteersOn behalf of all the members of Kiwanis Club of Durango, I want to express our thanks for your splendid contribution toward a very successful year. This year, the Kiwanis Club of Durango raised $5,000 at the golf tournament, $11,000 at the Pancake Day and $3,800 in silent auction. The money raised at the golf tournament and Pancake Day goes straight back into the community to enrich children’s lives.
Below are the companies that made this year’s Pancake Day run smoothly:
Boys & Girls Club, CJ’s Diner, DoubleTree, Durango Joe’s Coffee, Durango Natural Foods, FLC Softball team and coach, Honeyville, La Plata Youth Services, The Marketing Department, McDonald’s, Meadow Gold, Rufe’s Paint Store, Southwest Ice, The Wells Group, TBK Bank and all our volunteers.
Thank you to those who attended both events, bought Pancake Day tickets, contributed to the silent auction and those who participated in the silent auction.
Without the community members attending these events, it would not have been a success.
Robert Whitson, Kiwanis Club of Durango President
Special Olympics thanks supportersDurango Special Olympics would like to thank these groups and individuals for their financial and in-kind support of their donation campaign for the 2017-2018 sport season. The money raised paid for van rentals, gas, hotels and meals for competitions in Grand Junction and/or Denver, equipment, facility use and storage.
$1,000 or more: Durango Police Department’s No Shave November fundraiser; The Palace Restaurant and Durango Police Department’s Tip a Cop fundraiser.$500-$999: Bank of Colorado; city of Durango for free field use; Fort Lewis College Athletic Department: free gym use for local tournament; St. Columba School: free gym use for twice-a-week practices; the Paul family.$200-$499: Kathleen Adams; Lynn Ingle; Bank of the San Juans; Stoneage Tools; CJ’s Diner; Kerry Tichi.$100-$199: Hair After; Ron Harshman; Pat and Scott Smith; Keeley Sorokti; Alex Hanson.Under $100: Advantage PT; Durango Diner; Jean J. Baesemann; Firestone; Rufe’s Paint Store Inc.; Jan Cavanaugh; Kathy Moncrief; Reylynns Barber Lounge and Hair Studio; Steve Brunso. We appreciate your continued support and thank you for all you have allowed us to do.
Any groups or individuals who would like to contribute to Durango Special Olympics so they can fund their upcoming basketball (January-March) and softball (June-September) seasons may send their donations payable to Durango Special Olympics in care of: Cathy Simbeck, 2720 Mesa Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
In addition, donations can be made online to ColoradoGives.org/SpecialOlympicsDurango.
A thank you note and receipt from Special Olympics Colorado will be provided with a tax-deductible acknowledgment letter in accordance with IRS and state tax regulations.
If there are any questions about Durango Special Olympics, Cathy Simbeck (Durango’s head coach) can be reached at Simbeck_c@fortlewis.edu
Cathy Simbeck, Durango Special Olympics