Two couples treated to $1,300 Valentine’s Day sprees |

Two couples treated to $1,300 Valentine’s Day sprees

Valentine’s Day held an extra special treat for Nicole Gray of Westbank and Dr. Peter Cohen of Glenwood Springs and their valentines.

Their names were drawn to be Mr. Valentine and Ms. Valentine in the “Win a Date” contest sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. The drawing was held at a Friday night festivity at the Hotel Colorado.

After the drawing, Gray kept repeating, “I can’t believe I won! I can’t believe I really won!” as her beaming husband, Charles, looked on.

A jubilant Cohen, his arms full of flowers and gift certificates, said, “I didn’t have time to buy a Valentine’s Day gift,” for his wife, Isabelle Darula.

Friday’s event drew a large crowd to the Hotel’s Palm Court Lounge.

There was an expectant note in the air as many of the people who put their names in the drawing waited to see if they would be the lucky winner.

Contestants registered at participating businesses in downtown Glenwood Springs for a Valentine’s Day date and gift certificates to many downtown establishments.

Cheryl Guay, owner of Jewels and Gems, spearheaded the campaign for a drawing to feature a night on downtown Glenwood Springs.

Close to 70 merchants and the Valley Taxi donated prizes totaling over $1,300 for each couple.

For the date, the two couples were treated to appetizers at RendezVous, followed by dinner at the Hotel Colorado, and ending with dessert and a night of dancing at Exclamation Point, with transportation provided by Valley Taxi. The events were filmed by Channel 12.

The contest was part of the on-going efforts of the DDA to promote downtown shopping, dining and events.

Committee members for the contest included Guay, Robin Haney, owner of Robin’s Hallmark, Joyce Gornick, owner of Joy Ann’s Creations, and Sue Sharpe, owner of Confetti Design.

The purpose of the giant give-away contest was to bring people to downtown and let them know about all the great shopping and dining establishments there.

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