Summer Roundup sure to be a real hoot |

Summer Roundup sure to be a real hoot

Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Virgina Sterrett, aka “Gina,” born and raised in Carbondale, saw the results of volunteer efforts which created and built the Gordon Cooper Library. In the 1980s, Virginia, John Nieslanik, Jim Rominger, Dorothy Naeshall and others established a nonprofit to raise money to buy land for a senior housing project. This resulted in Crystal Meadows, a facility that currently houses 64 residents, has a two-year waiting list and plans for 16 new units to be built in 2008. Sterrett is directing the organization’s process to become a nonprofit. After the first committee meeting in the fall of 2006, the organization approached the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission for support to the seniors with programs and transportation. In May 2007, Senior Matters became an adjunct committee to the town of Carbondale’s Parks and Recreation Department. Senior Matters applied for a Carbondale site considering potential nonprofits, and is pursuing the space for a senior center. After meeting with Carbondale’s mayor, attorney and commissioners, filing for nonprofit status began. The executive board, board of directors and advisors have been elected and committee chairs appointed.

Now it’s time to start raising money. The Last Days of Summer Roundup, a fundraiser for Senior Matters, will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Carbondale Rodeo Grounds, one mile east of downtown on County Road 100. The event is sponsored by the town of Carbondale, and features Larry Lewis performing trick roping and Roman riding; famous trick rope entertainer Anita Witt, event host and master of ceremonies; Paige Hadlock, 14-year-old trick rider; Cedar Ridge Ranch Riders drill team and color guard; door prizes; and a live auction. Country and western music will be provided by Twirp Anderson. Kurt Wigger of Buffalo Valley offers ribs, chicken and refreshments from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are being sold at the town of Carbondale Recreation Department, Sounds Easy and Floyd’s of Mayberry and Midland Shoe Co. in Basalt.Event organizers welcome various levels of support for sponsors and volunteers. Call 963-2536 today.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday. Kay is the media coordinator of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. Contact her at 384-9118 or e-mail

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