Musicians and center raise funds for youth |

Musicians and center raise funds for youth

Cyndi McCoy
Special to the Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County CO Colorado

In preparation for its winter classes and its journey toward a permanent location for the Grand County Center 4Excellence programs, the C4E announces a “Phund Raisin’ Fun” live music event this weekend in what happens to be one of the new evening hot-spots in the Fraser Valley, Ullrs in Winter Park.

The new owners at Ullrs and Grand County Center 4Excellence Director Larry Norman are partnering to offer a free evening of musical delights and a chance for locals to help out an organization with a positive cultural message. Youth mentor, a.k.a. DJ Normski, is among those on the lineup for the cause, as are Fraser bass sensation Andy Irvine, his and Grand County Blues Society’s friend Bobby Walker; the sultry Front Range singer Jessica “Love” Jones (brought up by musician parents), as well as DJ-style characters like Necktaflow, Normski and other talents.

Phund Raisin’ Fun(ds) from raffle ticket chances for a special item are what Norman hopes to apply toward a 501(c)3 license for the Center, a mobile entity since its inception in 2005.

The Center’s Leadership Award recipient this year was Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets all-star guard who has been involved with youth leadership with the Denver team and with the Detroit Pistons. Winter Park resident Rick Callahan accepted the honor in his stead during this summer’s FunkFest and presented the Center an autographed jersey to help raise funds for its youth programs. Chances to win the “Grand” prize are $5.

“We’re gonna keep drawing ’til somebody wins,” said Normski, who reports about 20 other great rewards (must be present).

During the summer FunkFest event in Grand Lake C-Funk Inc. talents (including Normski, Jones, artist Nikia) also began recording a tribute to the late Wayman Tisdale, former NBA star who lost his leg, and sadly his life to cancer. To Norman the jazz great’s latest hit album “Rebound” was not only an inspiration but fully embodies the Center mission. “It’s about overcoming obstacles, your shortcomings, to achieve your best,” he said in an earlier interview. A special C-Funk Inc. remix of the musician’s “Believe” has been prepared for a live performance at the event.

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