Inaugural fundraiser to benefit Partners in Routt County

Past Event

Java and Jazz fundraiser benefiting Partners in Routt County

  • Sunday, September 9, 2007, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Catamount Lake House, 30215 Water's Edge Trail, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / $50


— Jazz, local coffee houses, roasters, baristas and a live auction will highlight the inaugural fundraiser for Partners in Routt County.

Starting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Catamount Ranch and Club, Partners will host a Java and Jazz fundraiser to benefit at-risk youths in the Yampa Valley. The event will feature specialty coffee stations where attendees will be able to learn about how coffee is grown, roasted and brewed. Specialty coffee drinks will also be served, along with a full bar, light hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Staff from the Chocolate Soup, Starbucks and Steaming Bean coffee shops will be on hand, while local jazz musicians Paul Potyen & Friends play before giving way to the Jon Ridnell Quartet, an acclaimed Denver jazz troupe.

"We're really working to diversify our fundraisers and sources," said Libby Foster, executive director for Partners in Routt County. "This was an idea that came up a couple of years ago. Our board just got really excited about it."

From 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., celebrity auctioneers Cookie and Jo Lockhart will present an abundance of premier silent and live auction items. Items include jewelry, fly-fishing and ski packages, a 10-day stay at a cabin in Washington, spa visits and pet-related packages.

The Jon Ridnell Quartet will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

The event, Foster said, shows just how far Partners has come.

For more than 10 years, Partners has been serving the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek communities by matching at-risk youths with responsible adults who serve as positive role models, advocates and friends. Through one-on-one activities and school-based mentoring programs, Partners works with more than 75 children each year. To date, the organization has helped more than 250 children across Routt County.

"We're really passionate about this cause and our kids," Foster said. "We're excited to be able to share that with our community."

Tickets for the event cost $50 and are available at All That Jazz, the Partners office or at the door.

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