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Hoedown raises money for Aspen Community School and Carbondale Community School

Staff report
Photo courtesy of Compass Mia Mottier rides the mechanical bull at the 2016 Family Hoedown, a fundraiser for the Aspen and Carbondale community schools.

It’s not every day that you see a roulette wheel and a petting zoo under the same roof. Nor do we regularly see senior citizens and kindergartners on the same dance floor.

But these oddball occurrences are a certainty at the 4th Annual Family Hoedown at Cozy Point Ranch. The event runs from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. It’s the year’s biggest fundraiser for two local K-8 charter schools, the Aspen Community School and the Carbondale Community School, both of which are run by Compass, a nonprofit organization based in Woody Creek.

Attendees can leave the black ties and ball gowns at home for this fundraiser. Get ready to ride the mechanical bull, roll through a pasture in a human hamster ball or try your hand at archery — all while supporting high-performing local schools.

According to Compass officials, it takes $12,500 per year to educate a typical Community School student, but the schools receive only $11,200 per child from existing sources. The remaining $1,300 per child must be raised to provide the qualified teachers, the small class sizes and rich, integrated curriculum that make these schools unique.

“This event is unique and a lot of fun for all ages,” said Compass Executive Director Skye Skinner. “It also provides critical funding for students. I encourage everyone to hitch up their britches and shake a tail feather with us.”

In fact, the fun has already begun online. An online silent auction at biddingforgood.com/compass offers anyone, including families and friends across the country, the chance to bid for vacation packages, restaurant gift certificates, outdoor adventures and more. This auction closes Feb. 17, one day before the Hoedown, but more silent-auction opportunities — an art showcase featuring community school and local artists, hotel stays, kids’ camps, meals and more — will be available at the event.

For kids at the Hoedown, there will be art and crafts with Yellow Canary, Aspen Art Museum and The Art Base, a bounce house, petting zoo, roping and pony rides. Older kids and adults can try physical activities such as Eurobungy and square dancing with Tom Paxton & the Smuggler Mountain Boys. For adults only, there will be saloon games including craps and chicken sh*t bingo (if the bird poops on the right square, then you win!).

New this year will be the Hoedown Stagecoach, a free shuttle for attendees who park at the nearby Brush Creek intercept lot.

For more information about the Hoedown, contact Compass board member Jeffie Butler at jeffiebutler@hotmail.com. To buy tickets or bid in the online auction, go to familyhoedown.org and click one of the links.


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