Readers Say Thanks
Over the last year, community members, businesses, and private foundations have donated money to the Rifle High School band program to start a marching band. This money has allowed us to purchase a new drum line and, very soon, new marching band uniforms. These donations help us continue to spread music throughout the city and valley and make this community proud. A special thank you goes to Ryan and Elizabeth McKenzie for a donation of $18,000, The Clough Foundation for a donation of $42,000, the Cecil G. and Jessie L. Deardorff Memorial Trust for a donation of $1,000, Williams Production for a donation of $1,000, and American National Bank for a donation of $200.From all of us at Rifle High School, we thank all our donors so much for their generosity and their support of the arts.Ryan Monarch, Director of BandsRifle High School
The Hotel Colorado would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Many community members played integral roles in ensuring the lighting ceremony would be a success. A special thank you to Mary Gabossi, who partnered with the Hotel Colorado. She served as the coordinator for the music performed prior to the fireworks. The Hotel Colorado thanks the performers of the evening, as they were absolutely wonderful. The performers included: Defiance String Band, Joanne Nystrum, Jessica Toovey, and Ruth Sanchez, the Garden School Choir, Brian Roessler, Starcher Husten, Melissa & Kelly Gabossi, and of course, Santa.Please stop by and enjoy the lights at the historic Hotel Colorado. Larry Welch, General ManagerHotel ColoradoGlenwood Springs
A big thank you to all the ladies of the Roaring Fork Valley who supported the 19th annual Elegant Auction & Brunch, sponsored by Chapter AO of P.E.O. Once again it was held at the historic Hotel Colorado. The beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the hotel put everyone in the holiday spirit. Their attentive event staff went above and beyond by taking care of every detail. A very special thanks to Vicki Van Engenlenburg, owner of A La Carte, for handling ticket sales. With over 100 door prizes, generously donated by many local businesses, half of all the attendees were appreciative winners. Proceeds from the live auction will go to our 2011 designated non-profit, Literacy Outreach, as well as scholarship recipients and other P.E.O. projects. This year we have given four college book scholarships to local graduating seniors, as well as one additional continuing scholarship. Thank you again to all who bid on the many creative, unique and handmade items our members provided. These purchases will help many in our community. See you next year at our 20th annual Elegant Auction.Annibet GriffinThe 2011 Elegant Auction Committee Glenwood Springs
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