Masquerade Ball kicks off |

Masquerade Ball kicks off

Jessica Cabe


Who: Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs

What: Masquerade Ball

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Hotel Colorado

How much: $100 in advance, $120 at the door. Tickets available online at or at DTCI, the UPS Store, Roaring Fork Liquors and the Post Independent

If you’re interested in having fun and making a difference this Halloween, the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs has made it easy for you with its first ever Masquerade Ball fundraiser.

The Masquerade Ball begins at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Devereux Room of the Hotel Colorado, and it features music from Symphony in the Valley and a DJ, food from the Hotel Colorado, a live and silent auction, a vacation raffle and masks at the door.

Jan McNutt, president of the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs, said there is no dress code, but she does encourage attendees to come in costume or dress up.

McNutt said the idea for the Masquerade Ball came from a meeting in February.

“We needed a fundraiser for our group, so we were kicking around a lot of ideas,” McNutt said. “There were four of us that met, and one of the guys said, ‘Let’s do a Masquerade Ball around Halloween.’ So it just started from that.”

McNutt said the Masquerade Ball won out over other fundraiser ideas because it was the most unique.

“The other ideas, there was already some type of fundraiser, something big going on in Glenwood,” she said. “Plus, we thought it would be kind of fun to dress up around Halloween.”

One of the goals Rotary had when planning the Masquerade Ball was to make it as community-centric as possible, McNutt said. That’s why Symphony in the Valley was chosen as the entertainment for the night, and why the Hotel Colorado is providing soup, salad, bread, steak, salmon, dessert, coffee, tea and lemonade in addition to the venue. The live and silent auctions are full of products, services and gift cards from the community.

And, perhaps most importantly, all the money raised from the event will go back into Glenwood Springs in some way.

“It supports our community,” McNutt said of the event. “Rotary tries to give a lot; we love to give money, but we have to be able to raise it to give it.”

McNutt said Rotary’s fundraising goal for the Masquerade Ball is $7,500. Rotary gives back to the community in the form of scholarships and local grants and projects. She said Rotary had to pay out of pocket for many of the decorations and services this year to make the Masquerade Ball happen, but she hopes the event goes well, gains its footing and comes back even stronger next year.

“That’s our hope,” she said. “If this goes well, our plan is to make this an annual fall event.”

McNutt said the Masquerade Ball is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween and give back to Glenwood Springs.

“Any profits will go right back into this town,” she said. “And it will be a lot of fun.”

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