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Having a ‘hoot’ at the Ute

Heidi Rice
Citizen Telegram Editor

With so much music, it wasn’t long before people began tapping their toes and dancing in front of the state at the first “Hoot at the Ute” fundraising event for the Rifle Animal Shelter held at the Ute Theater and Events Center on Feb. 28.

More than 150 people attended, and $1,080 was raised, which will be used to help pay for medical care for more than 1,000 animals that are adopted out of the shelter. Two dogs that were brought to the event were successfully adopted as well.

“For our first year, I thought it was awesome,” said Heather Mullen, executive director of the shelter.

The evening kicked off with music from the Porch Pickers, an acoustic electric mix by Kristine Edge and Barry Anderson; then Tom Evans, finger picking the songs of Hot Tuna. Dry Hollow, made up of Portia Rogers, Lester Rogers, Thumper Cunningham and Bruce Imig, entertained with original tunes and Americana, and the Boomtown Players did several improv skits, followed by Rich Huttenhower and Eric Gross playing country and acoustic rock. During the performances, pizza, soda, wine, beer and an array of desserts were available for purchase in the foyer.

The night ended with Holly Guerin, Eric Macpherson and Louie Girardot playing rock and pop tunes that got everyone on their feet, and then the popular Fifty/50 rock ‘n’ roll band with Beth Getzen, Dale Loper, Dave Stolzfus, Jerry Larson and Tom Mercer closed the night.

The musicians all donated their time.

“I think we should do this several times a year,” said Don Chaney, cultural and special events manager for the city. “This was great.”


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