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An organization that helps young residents of the Roaring Fork Valley with developmental disabilities train and compete in athletic events needs help raising funds.

Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos, a Special Olympics team, will hold a benefit dinner and concert Friday, June 24, at the Eagles Club in Glenwood Springs. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for an all-you-can eat pizza and salad dinner, a silent auction and live music. The event goes until 11 p.m.

The auction features a Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by John Oates and a Margarita Maker provided by Jimmy Buffett’s road manager. The bands 50/Fifty and Straightshot will perform.



Matt Harrington, one of the organizers of the event, said his son Oliver has benefited from the great work of Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos. Oliver participated in a regional track and field event in Grand Junction in May and took first place in the 25-meter wheelchair race and first place in the softball throw.

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see this kid’s face on a box of Wheaties someday,” Harrington said.



He credited the directors of the program for their dedication working with Special Olympians in the valley. The program gets folks from ages 8 to 21 involved in year-round sports and builds their self-esteem.

For tickets to the event or to make a donation, call Harrington at 948-7703.

Construction of the new Taco Bell will require closure of the right lane of the 2000 block of northbound Grand Avenue starting Monday, June 20. The closure could last through Friday, June 24.

Motorists will not be able to make a right turn onto 20th Street from northbound Grand, but 20th Street will be open.


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