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C’dale rallies for those in need

Dear Editor:

The Roaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario thanks the many donors, participants, sponsors, vendors and volunteers who gave energy, resources and time Sunday, Aug. 28, to the ninth annual Festival of the Americas in Carbondale’s Sopris Park. We raised over $10,000 toward CMC scholarships for low-income, promising local graduates from the class of 2012 and for Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate the global scourge of polio.

A variety of stage acts performed throughout, with live music from Ballet Folklorico Raices de Grand Junction, Flama Show, Los Jefes, and Los Angeles’ renowned Sonora Dinamita. The fine music was interspersed with free zumba dance lessons by Paula Valenti, and free salsa dance lessons by Tere and Ricardo Hernandez. Thanks also to El Malibu Restaurant for booking Sonora Dinamita, to our volunteer emcee Axel Contreras, and to our great sound team Patrick and Wayne at Full Circle Productions, who made it all possible!

Among others who graciously helped: Veronica Whitney (El Montanes) and Gabe Chenoweth (KMTS) donated free publicity, Anibal Guevara managed our electrical needs and more, David and Alyssa Reindel of Evergreen Events provided recycling services, A-1 Traffic Control helped us comply with our permit at little cost, Orrison Distributing and Waste Management delivered invaluable support at the beer garden, many performers gifted their acts to charity, and contributors for the free drawing and in-kind donors were too numerous to mention.

Our generous sponsors were Alpine Bank, Aspen Real Estate Co., Colorado Mountain College, KSNO, KUUR, and Channel 19 TV Aspen (Platinum); Wells Fargo Bank and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (Gold); The Law Office of Donald J. Kaufman and The Law Office of Jennifer M. Smith, P.C. (Silver); and Bethel Party Rentals, Copy Copy, One World Translation, the town of Carbondale and U.S. Bank (Bronze).

Club Rotario was honored to award the 2011 Jackie Morales Distinguished Awards for Community Service to Sonya Hemmen (educator), Karen Trejo (professional), Alex Alvarado (student) and The UVAP Committee – Morgan Jacober, Liz Raymond, Liz Penzel, Sonya Turner, and Sarah Smith (volunteer). A special thanks to Luis Polar, who produced the awards, and to Julian Hardaker, our 2011 Rotarian of the Year. All these leaders have worked tirelessly to bring bicultural harmony and integration to the Roaring Fork Valley, and we salute them!

Jim Coombs

Chairman, public relations committee

Roaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario No. 66015

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