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Hoedown benefits Resource Center, which operates crisis line, safehouse, and Buddies Program

Carolyn Pope/Special to the Daily

This year, the funds raised went to The Resource Center of Eagle County, along with the Snowboard Outreach Society, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Eagle Care Clinic.

“We have a committee and the charities come before us,” said Kim Bradley of Slifer, Smith and Frampton, who worked on the event this year. “The event brings the separate entities of the company together and helps us become familiar with the charitable organizations within our community.”

The organizations selected have to be involved with youth in Eagle County, and preferably, don’t have big budgets. The Resource Center fit the bill this year. The Resource Center operates a 24-hour advocate crisis line, Freedom Ranch aafehouse, the Buddies Program and the Childcare Resource and Referral Program.

After the months of planning were over, 4 Eagle Ranch was jammed last Saturday night with wannabe cowboys and cowgirls, who snap up balloons at $20 a piece, each one with a special prize inside. The silent auction is one of the best around, which included items as varied as a one-week vacation at El Cid Resort in Mazatlan to a very unique “Elvis Boogie Bash” dinner served by an Elvis from every era. Scary.

Seen at the event: Jonine Collins with her son, Banning, because her hubby, J.J., is already nesting in the Northwest; Steve and Lisa Olsen, who bought four ski passes,and joined in the “feeding frenzy” on the bidding of a Grand Cayman vacation; Elena Jones, Patti and Ron Brave, and Kathy Bellamy.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

For more information and volunteer opportunities with the Resource Center, please e-mail info@resourcecenter-ec.org., or call 970-949-7097.

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