Art, music raise funds for AIDS project in Vail Valley |

Art, music raise funds for AIDS project in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Vail Valley's own Boxcar Daisies helped raise funds for the Red Ribbon Project at Loaded Joe's in Avon on March 5

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Music from the Boxcar Daisies filled the air at Loaded Joe’s on March 5 as people gathered for the third annual Women’s History Month Art Show. Food was prepared and donated by local chef and Colorado Mountain College instructor Rick Kangas. This year’s silent auction raised almost $3,000 dollars for the Red Ribbon Project of Eagle County. The art exhibit continues through March at Loaded Joe’s in Avon and features work by women artists from around Colorado, including Amy Dose, Becky Donatucci, Cristina Gair, Elizabeth Benotti, Kendra Cowles, Polly Gates, Sydney Summers and Robin Nash. Each year the artists work with a different nonprofit to raise awareness and funds, also donating a portion of the art sales. “I’m honored to be a part of Women’s History Project,” Cowles said. “What an opportunity to collaborate with creative, inspiring women artists in the valley and give back to the community by supporting our nonprofits.” The Red Ribbon Project’s mission is to build healthier lives through a comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, education and support for everyone in Eagle County. As the AIDS pandemic is global in scope the Red Ribbon Project also works with two organizations in Africa. The Red Ribbon Project gives support to the Gathiga HIV Support Group in Gathiga, Kenya, and collaborates with Tanda After School Program in South Africa.This year’s fundraiser at Loaded Joe’s was supportde by the following donors: Loaded Joe’s, Colorado River Runs, SOS Outreach, Jai Rivers Coffee Shop, Fusion, The Bookworm,Finis Boni, Elizabeth Benotti, Prizms, Yoga off Broadway, Dish, Alpine Bank, The Art Center, Avalanche Hockey, Terry Doepken, Lynne Perry & the Berry Creek Middle School Artists, BB’s Dharma, Amber Jones, Stacy Horn, Colorado River Runs, In Kahoots, Laura and Johnathan Hannum, Minturn Mile Liquors, Minturn Country Club, Kirby Cosmos, The Saloon, Chili Willys, Kitchen Collage, The Pantry, Jayded, Linda Miller and Women’s History Project Art.For more information about the Red Ribbon Project, contact Karen Koenemann at 970-827-5900 or

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