Delicious dishes rocks on |

Delicious dishes rocks on

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

What has turned out to be a successful annual charity dinner is still being organized by a core group of Grand Lake girlfriends.

Back in 1988, Kathy Lewis and Carol Ann Thompson of Grand Lake held their first Delicious Dishes event with friend Julie Hill to raise money for what was then the Grand County Resource Center, now the Mountain Family Center.

The girls served chicken a la king at the Grand Lake Golf Course clubhouse during a snow storm and raised $238.

That same event, which eventually moved to the Daven Haven Lodge in Grand Lake, has now generated close to $100,000 in charity funds through the years, benefiting the Mountain Family Center.

Thompson and Lewis say they couldn’t have done it for two decades without the generous list of volunteers who have helped execute the event each year. This year, they said, they will especially feel the loss of their designated lead “potato peeler,” the late Gene Stover.

This year’s chicken and biscuit dinner is a “step back in time,” Lewis and Thompson said, with ticket prices dropping to 1988 prices of the first Delicious Dishes.

“This year we lowered the price because all of the merchants and all of the community has been hit so hard with so many charitable events. We’ve had a lot of bad happen in our community in the last year,” Lewis said, referring to the departed, the sick, and the business owners struggling to make a living, “and we just want to get the community to come together and just have a good time, start their season out right.”

The event is made successful with the help of local purveyors such as Nobel-Sysco and Granby Dairy and businesses such as the Mountain Food Market, Circle D, the Lariat Saloon, Pancho’s and Lefty’s and others.

The 2010 event features a dinner, dessert, a craft auction, sits with Santa and music by Steve Cormey. People are encouraged to share in the event by bringing a baked good or craft item, or a $5 wrapped gift for a boy or girl. Participants can also bring non-perishable food items.

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