Roundup of valley’s hurricane relief efforts
There are several hurricane relief efforts under way or planned in Eagle County:• The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has partnered with the Taste of Vail to bring together the valley’s bestrestaurants along with beverage companies for a grand tasting to celebrate New Orleans and raise money for Gulf Coast hurricane relief. All proceeds go to community-based efforts and a fund to help evacuees resettle in the Vail Valley. The event is Wednesday at the hotel’s ballroom from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75-$150. For information, call 343-1161 or call 845-TIXS for tickets.• The Eagle River Fire Protection District Hurricane Relief Garage Sale/Silent Auction/Food Drive is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Fire Station No. 7 at 351 Benchmark Road in Avon. Proceeds will go to the Salvation Army. Donate items you no longer need. The items have to be clean and in good condition.You can drop off your tax-deductible donations by noon Friday at the fire station in Avon. Firefighters are asking for at least one non-perishable item at the door as you enter the day of the garage sale and will also be selling coffee, pastries and hot dogs. If anyone would like to just drop off non-perishables or a cash donation, there will be a firefighter in the parking lot to accept them.If you have large items that need to be picked up or need more information, call Kathy Warren at 748-4736 or 977-1005.• Big Easy Benefit. Featuring Voices of the Wetlands All Star Band, a benefit for the musicians of New Orleans. Band members include Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit and others. The event is from 12:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Ford Amphitheater. For tickets or more information, call 926-7770.
Dine Out to Help. On Oct. 5 participating restaurants that are members of the Colorado Restaurants will donate a portion of sales to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.Participating Vail Valley restaurant include: Outback Steakhouse in Avon, La Scala Ristorante Italiano in Eagle, Fiestas and Main Street Grill in Edwards, and Sweet Basil in Vail. Visit http://www.coloradorestaurant.com for a list of participating restaurants.• Performances of “Bone Chiller”, a comedic murder mystery “whodunit” performed by local Eagle-based acting group, the Porch Light Players. All proceeds from 3 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 30 go to for Katrina relief efforts. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14. To purchase, contact John Lowery at 328-1005 or 471-1829. Help on Horseback: Eagle Valley Horse Rescue will hold a Jack Pot Gymkhana at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, Oct. 9. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the riding starts at 11 a.m. Events include barrel racing, pole bending and a flag ride. Cost for the competition is $20 per run. For more information about the gymkhana or Eagle Valley Horse Rescue, call Wendy Parker, 328-7806, or 376-4369. Send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.Ongoing relief drives• “Cans for Katrina”: Here’s what Jane Leptovska and Karli Scherer are doing in their “Cans for Katrina” effort. Drop-off boxes for canned food are at the Vail Daily Building in Eagle-Vail, Battle Mountain High School, Red Sandstone Elementary School and the Avon Recreation Center. Items can also be dropped off at Scherer’s home. Call 331-9920 to set up a time. Cans for cash donations are at Mojo Music in Avon, Radio Shack in Avon, Avon Bakery and the Blue Moose in Beaver Creek. • “Kids Helping Kids” needs volunteers. Students are collecting toys, stuff animals and other items to donate to children in hurricane shelters. For more information: Shirley Moseley, 926-5145.
• The Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation is accepting donations for animals rescued from the Gulf Coast. Because animals have been relocated to Colorado, donations also are needed within the state. Donations can be sent to the foundation at 780 Sherman St., Denver CO 80203. • $5 or more for Vail Cares bracelets. Proceeds go to Feed the Children’s efforts in the Gulf Coast and the local Salvation Army for any evacuees relocated to the valley. The bracelets will be on sale at Big Easy Benefit, Oct. 1.• Verbatim Booksellers and The Bookworm will donate $1 for every “Lord of the Flies” copy sold as part of the September valleywide read program. Alpine Bank will match the total donation amount up to $50,000. Verbatim owner Robert Aiken chose the book because it “illustrates the savageness of mob mentality and the results of a society broken down,” he said.• This off-season Terra Bistro wants to raise $50,000 for Katrina relief. They are donating 25 percent of each bill to the relief fund. Call 476-6836 for reservations.• Brush Creek Elementary families are collecting personal hygiene products, canned food and clothing at the school. All items will be donated to the Salvation Army to support relief efforts at Lowry Air Force Base. The drive will continue through September 16th . For more information, contact Wendi Rowles 390-0150.• Colorado Mountain College has opened up 57 classroom spaces for students affected by Hurricane Katrina. The spots are available at the college’s residential campuses at Glenwood Springs and Leadville.
The college has listed its resources through the National Emergency Resource Registry, found at http://www.fema.org.For more information about CMC’s offer, call Debbie Novak at 1-800-621-8559.• More information on hurricane relief can be found at: http://www.eaglecounty.us.Vail, Colorado
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