For one night, animals find home at Ute Theatre
In support of local animals without homes, the New Ute Event Center will be hosting its third annual Hoot at the Ute on Saturday. All proceeds from the concert, featuring all local performers, will be donated to the Rifle Animal Shelter.
“I think it’s important that we are all working together and making a difference,” Rifle Animal Shelter Executive Director Heather Mullen said.
In each of the past two years, the Hoot at the Ute has earned right around $1,500 for the shelter. Mullen hopes for a similar showing this year.
Though there will be no charge for entrance on Saturday, a $5 dollar donation is suggested at the doors for everybody in attendance.
Proceeds from Hoot at the Ute will be used to care for the animals and purchase supplies such as vaccines and medications.
“The Ute has sponsored many events for the animal shelter, and we are thankful for their support,” Mullen added.
Helen Rogers, president of the New Ute Theatre Society (N.U.T.S.), intends to use the Ute’s new retractable seating for Saturday’s shows and hopes to see each seat filled.
There will be six acts on Saturday, each one a native of the area, from Glenwood Springs to Parachute. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and wrap up is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Tom Evans, one of the performers on Saturday, coordinated the partnership between the Ute and the Rifle Animal Shelter, and remains committed to organizing the show each year in support of an animal shelter that he can’t imagine his life without. He got his boxer-pitbull mix, Tiger, from the shelter five years ago.
“Anybody who has come out to see the show has been very complimentary,” he said. “Everybody has a good time.”
Evans said that when he goes around town to promote the Hoot at the Ute, as soon as he says it’s for the Rifle Animal Shelter residents are more than happy to help.
“All I have to say is that it is for the Rifle Animal Shelter and people jump up to help right away,” he said. “Restaurant and business owners will allow me to put up signs no problem.”
Residents won’t be the only ones in attendance on Saturday as shelter animals will be at the Ute for people to adopt. The shelter currently has 30 animals up for adoption.
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