Cyndi Palmer: Celebrate life and share the love |

Cyndi Palmer: Celebrate life and share the love

With our (hopefully) fulfilling Valentine’s Day memories still fresh, our hearts should be in the right place to share the love during several upcoming benefit dinners.

Visitors and residents are invited to the Kremmling Extension Hall at 5:30 p.m. tonight to show their support and help keep the local museum doors open by joining in the Grand County Historical Association’s annual Mid-Winter Potluck dinner. The evening’s festivities include supper, a taste-testing contest and games of Bingo.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their entry for a little friendly competition and a try at winning a variety of gift certificates. Entries are sought for the following categories: meat/main, salad, dessert, and best overall. Guests will also help preserve the county’s rich history for future generations who will continue to be able to enjoy museum exhibits in Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and in Fraser. New members are also encouraged to join the non-profit organization.

Support is also sought next Thursday for three more good causes: The “Taste of Winter Park” fundraiser in celebration of the life of Ayden McVeigh at the Untamed Southwest Grill in Winter Park, a benefit dinner in support of Stephanie Sadler at Devil’s Thumb outside Tabernash, and K.O.L.E. Inc.’s annual prime rib fundraiser at The Rapids Lodge in Grand Lake.

Untamed’s fundraiser is scheduled to help raise money for the family of Ayden McVeigh, who suffered unimaginable heartbreak last month when they lost their 3-year-old son. Patrons are invited to come to the Wild Creek Brewing Company/Untamed Southwest Grill at 6 p.m. for a unique “Taste of Winter Park.” Entry provides patrons two drink tickets and a culinary parade from several local restaurants that will gather at the Untamed to showcase a variety of culinary talents.

The evening also includes a silent auction 6 to 10 p.m., as well as several local musicians. Local Americana guitarist Gary Key starts the evening at 6 p.m., followed by a performance of the new Blues in the School band “The Runaways;” and Matt Holliday and Chris “Willy” Williamson of band One Time fame close the show with their live performance showcasing a variety of music 9 p.m. to midnight. A $25 donation is requested at the door; children ages 8 to 12 are $10 and those 7 and under are admitted free. Net proceeds will go directly to the McVeigh family. (For information, call (970) 531-0519; to contribute to the silent auction, call (970) 281-9519).

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Broad Axe Barn benefit is in support of local Stephanie Sadler who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma for a fifth time. A $20 donation is requested and proceeds from the dinner and a silent auction 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday will help her offset medical bills as she begins another round of chemotherapy. The evening also includes live music by Yaniv Salzberg and friends.

On the north end of the county, The Rapids’ all-you-can-eat prime rib dinner Thursday, Feb. 28 celebrates life in a social atmosphere while proceeds benefit Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies (or K.O.L.E., Inc.). The selfless organization inspired by Kevin Cole helps families who have members diagnosed with cancer with some of the families’ medical expenses and other services. Cost is a minimum donation of $15.

What better way to capture life’s light than through stained glass as local artist Patty Alander once again leads students through the various skills of the colorful artwork during a six-week session with the Fraser Rec District, starting Feb. 28. The artist, who has been sharing her artistic talents as an instructor for at least 15 years with the district, will be covering copper technique for beginners, as well as copper foil or Tiffany-style and lead cuts for more advanced students.

Food for thought: “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

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