Bulls, Boots and BBQ: Rural Healthcare Network fundraiser event honors 2 local providers
August 24, 2018
FRASER — About 200 people gathered at the B Lazy 2 Ranch on Thursday night to celebrate the dedication and hard work of Grand County health care providers during the annual Bulls, Boots and BBQ fundraiser.
The fundraiser, hosted by the Grand County Rural Healthcare Network, honored the work of registered nurse Heather Bentler and Dr. John Nichols with the 2018 Award for Excellence in Health Service.
The event also offered a mechanical bull, vintage photography, outdoor games and a barbecue dinner.
Through silent and live auctions during the event, the rural health network hoped to raise $25,000 for its programs.
Jen Fanning, executive director of the network, said on Friday that she believed this year's event had surpassed last year's $23,000 in funds raised.
"Not only are they supporting a good cause, but really it gives a better understanding of what it is we do and how we impact individuals," Fanning said of the Bulls, Boots and BBQ event.
According to Fanning, 85 cents of every dollar raised by the network goes directly to funding its programs. The network also received a pledge from Rocky Mountain Benefits for a donation of 5 percent of their overall revenue made this year.
Darcy Selenke, chairperson of the network's board, said the goal of the fundraiser was to make sure the nonprofit could provide services for anyone in the community needing them.
"Our part in this community is to ensure that the people of our community have what they need when they need it," Selenke said during the event. "So, thank you, because by being here, you're helping us help them."
Last year, the network served 415 people. So far, 182 individuals have been helped this year. The network's services include care coordination to help community members navigate the available health services, as well as financial help for those in need.
"There's no shame in asking for help and that help is available," commented Sally Ryman, programs director for the network.
The network's mission is to get everyone in the community access to affordable, full healthcare services by 2023.