Adaptive sports program hosts fundraiser in Grand Junction |

Adaptive sports program hosts fundraiser in Grand Junction

Caitlin Row
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Colorado Discover Ability, Grand Valley’s adaptive sports program, raised record funds and taught 500 lessons on the snow at Powderhorn Mountain Resort during the 2012-13 winter season. And tonight (Friday, May 3) marks its biggest fundraiser of the year — the annual Chefs’ Dinner at the DoubleTree Hotel on Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.

Ladies should wear their fanciest hats as a nod to the Kentucky Derby going on this weekend, said Ellen Miller, donor and community relations coordinator for CDA.

Plus, local chefs will create “a luscious menu with a Southern flair for diners to enjoy along with wines donated by the valley’s wineries,” a CDA news release said. “Live and silent auctions also will be held.”

Tickets are still available and the cost $75 per person. To attend, call the CDA by noon today.

Funds raised will go directly back to the CDA for scholarships and equipment for folks with both cognitive and physical disabilities.

“We do charge fees for (CDA clients), however we don’t turn anyone away,” Miller said. “We are constantly in need of scholarship money so everyone can participate. We raise scholarships for kids going to (our summer) camp, too. Any amount is welcome.”

This summer, CDA participants can look forward to using the program’s 10 new adaptive bikes, which were purchased through a $24,000 grant from the Paralympics.

“A few of them can be used for mountain biking,” Miller added.

Other summer programming includes raft trips and work with wounded soldiers.

For more information about the CDA, visit or call 970-257-1222.

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