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Minturn Community Fund’s gala a success

Some of Santa's happiest helpers donned their cowboy apparel for the Minturn Community Fund's inaugural Christmas gala.

The object was simple, said MCF board member Nancy Hassett. Raise as much money as they could in one enjoyable night.

And that, more or less, is how hundreds gathered at the Gourmet Cowboy in Minturn.

Even though it was the first year for the event, they put the merry in Merry Christmas and raised enough money to give Christmas presents to 60 local kids.

One of Santa's helpers picked up the tab for the food, and a few others wrote checks.

It all came to fruition on Christmas Eve when Santa, who bore a striking resemblance to Johnie Rosenfeld of Johnie's Garden and a Minturn town council member, loaded up his sleigh.

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That sleigh, by the way, looked an awful lot like a fire truck from the Eagle River Fire Protection District, which protects Minturn, Avon and Edwards.

They set out delivering packages and holiday cheer all over town.

"This is Christmas. This is what it's all about," Hassett said, as she, Santa and a couple elves from the town of Minturn made their rounds.

As that Christmas Eve snowstorm blew through, the fire fighters were called to the scene of an accident.

So Santa jumped into a town of Minturn truck and kept on trucking.

"My elves are working overtime so I could do this," Santa said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.