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Red Ribbon Project fundraiser at The Dusty Boot includes live music, silent auction, Sept. 3

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The Eagle Music Festival, the Red Ribbon Project's annual Positive Prevention fundraiser, supports the organization's education programs in Eagle County schools.

EAGLE — On Saturday, Red Ribbon Project will host the Eagle Music Festival, its annual Positive Prevention fundraiser, at The Dusty Boot in Eagle from 3 to 10 p.m. The festival will help support Red Ribbon Project education programs in schools and the organization's free HIV testing.

Four popular local bands — First Chair, The Martinellies, Rewind and The Platonics — will donate their time and musical talents to the family-friendly event. The festival is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10, which includes two drink tickets and a chance to win door prizes. Silent auction items include an Epic ski pass, golf at Red Sky Ranch, a stay at The Ritz and a month of yoga classes at Yoga Off Broadway, plus 100 other items. The Dusty Boot will provide a bouncy house for the kids.

About Red Ribbon Project

Incorporated in 1996 as a nonprofit organization that promoted awareness and education about HIV and AIDS, in 2011 the Red Ribbon Project expanded its mission to include prevention of teen pregnancy and all sexually transmitted infections. The organization works closely with teachers, counselors and principals in fifth through 12th grades throughout Eagle County, with a focus on students' sexual health and emotional well-being. All classes, which are presented to 3,200 children, are offered free of charge.

Red Ribbon Project's focus on sexual health and well-being has contributed to significant declines in risk behaviors, such as substance use, dating violence and self-harm, amongst youth in Eagle County. With the help of Red Ribbon Project's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, teen births have been cut in half over the past six years, from 67 births to teens between the ages of 15 and 19 in 2008 to 29 births in 2014.

The organization's Youth Skills Building programs are offered as a part of students' school day and relate to students' growth into young adulthood. Realizing young people do not act in isolation, with their sexual health connected to their overall sense of self, classes now include topics such as digital safety, bullying and dignity, coping with stress, maturation and substance abuse.

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New program

The latest component of Red Ribbon Project's education program, called Life Works, has evolved based on community need identified by staff at local schools, requesting a more intensive intervention for at-risk youth. This new enhancement is designed to address directly the issues that kids struggle with and gives them tools to take ownership of their lives and behaviors in order to make better choices.

Life Works was created for students challenged by greater risk than the general student population and offers targeted prevention and intervention strategies.

For more information on Red Ribbon Project programs and the Eagle Music Festival fundraiser, call 970-827-5900 or please visit http://www.redribbonproject.org or http://www.eaglemusicfestival.org.

If you go …

What: Eagle Music Festival, a Red Ribbon Project Positive Prevention fundraiser.

When: 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

Where: The Dusty Boot, 1099 Capitol St., Eagle.

Cost: Free; suggested donation of $10 includes two drink tickets and a chance to win door prizes.

More information: Call 970-827-5900, or visit http://www.redribbonproject.org or http://www.eaglemusicfestival.org.