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Roundup River Ranch near Dotsero to host donor appreciation

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GYPSUM, Colorado – Roundup River Ranch will host the first annual Homestead Hoedown donor appreciation celebration Saturday to thank the hundreds of donors and supporters who have made the construction of the camp for children with life-threatening illnesses a reality.

Upon opening next summer, Roundup River Ranch will provide children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience camp with a fun, safe, memorable and empowering experience – all with appropriate medical care, free of charge.

The inaugural event will take place at the site of the future camp which is located on 85 acres along the Colorado River, 10 miles north of Dotsero. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the property, participate in fun family activities, listen to the tunes of the Sloppy Mountain String Band and enjoy barbecue provided by Moe’s Original Bar B Que.

More than 500 donors have directly contributed to the success of the organization. Through the support from the community, the camp completed a $20 million capital campaign in January to fund the purchase of the land, construction of the camp and operations through 2010.

Alison Knapp, the camp’s founder and board chair, said the Homestead Hoedown is a wonderful opportunity for donors to come to the campsite and view the construction progress. The generous community of supporters will be able to see what they have helped accomplish, she said.

The construction of Roundup River Ranch’s campsite is well under way, and the camp is scheduled to welcome its first campers next summer. Roundup River Ranch will operate eight, one-week residential camp sessions during the summer, along with weekend and week-long residential sessions during the school year. Hundreds of children and their families from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and beyond will benefit from camp services.