Silt Pig Roast to cook up some funds |

Silt Pig Roast to cook up some funds

Heidi RiceGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT – Donations of auction items and monetary contributions are still being sought for the 18th annual Silt Pig Roast and Auction on Saturday in Veterans Park – an event which will provide food and fun for the whole family.The pig roast is the big fundraiser for West Care Ambulance Service, which serves 470 square miles in the New Castle and Silt area. Funds raised will allow them to upgrade and buy critically needed new equipment.”The Garfield County Dispatch Center is upgrading their equipment and with this upgrade, we, in turn, have to upgrade all of our radios,” said Cindy Fuqua, a dispatcher and driver for the service who is coordinating the pig roast with Donann Schoon, an EMT. “We will need to replace 13 radios.”Fuqua said a grant was applied for that will cover the cost of two radios, leaving a balance of nearly $35,000, which they hope to raise through the pig roast.The service is also seeking to acquire safe boxes to secure controlled substances that are carried in each ambulance, which will cost $3,525, along with money to purchase power lift stretchers, which run nearly $10,500 each.”Although these stretchers will be a great expense, they will help with the amount of weight each of our crew members are required to lift daily,” Fuqua said.Money is also needed for continuing education of ambulance members.The event will start with the fourth annual Vintage Baseball Game played by the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association starting at 11 a.m. at Roy Moore Elementary School. Other events include kid’s face painting and a fishing pond with prizes.At 4 p.m., the pig roast will start in Veteran’s Park with a menu of pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, rolls, dessert and drinks. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for kids 10 and younger.Auction items will include a new washing machine, an Avalanche hockey puck, a free night at the Redstone Inn, a Hot Springs pool pass, tickets to Elitch Gardens amusement park in Denver and a couple of two-night stays at Mesquite Casa Blanca Resort. “We are praying and hoping for a good turnout,” Fuqua said. “This is going to be fun.”To make a contribution, send checks payable to West Care Ambulance Service, Silt Town Hall, P.O. Box 70, Silt, CO 81652 or call Fuqua or Schoon at 876-0510 or 989-0154.

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