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Cards of Thanks

Soup for the Soul

I would like to thank all of those who were involved in helping make this year’s Soup for the Soul another successful event. We owe our success to the tremendous community support, participating restaurants, volunteers, the hospice team and local high school students. The generous silent auction donating artists and local businesses also enabled us to raise additional funds for hospice.

We could not have put on the event without the help from our wonderful volunteers and staff. Thank you to: Trisha and Wes Arrighetti, Don and Nancy Strait, Richard and Janet Miller, Judy Smith, Susie Reno, Joe and Lillian Steele, Laurel Epps, Katie Deshler, David Gallegos, Diane Geraghty, Jerry Fankel, Paula Mooney, Kati Bachman, Bailee Gallegos, McKenzie and Molly Graham, Zach Leewitt and Zoe Geraghty.

I would specifically like to thank the art students of Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton at Pagosa Springs High School for contributing the beautiful centerpiece vases. Cynthia Toner’s Future Business Leaders of America also played a vital role in helping set up, work the event and clean up: Tayler McKee, Mary Haynes, Toni Stoll, Kendra Scholm, Danielle Pajak, Mele LeLievre, Evan Brookens, Dylan Koch, Nate Bard, Garrett Stoll, Ian Geraghty, Tucker Huston, Jennie White, Jeff Reardon, Laura Stine, Kelsea Anderson, Chase Purcell, Sarah Stuckwish, Max Miller, Jacob Anderson, Courtney Hudnall, Elli McGinn, Haleigh Zenz, Abbi Hicklin, Jordin Frey, Ryan Stahl, Taylor Anderson, Malory Laydon, Drew Mackey, Gabby Pajak, Joshua Long, Charisse Morris, Amber Lark, Hope Forman, Kevin Crow, Ryan Searle. New volunteers this year included Patricia Lynn and her daughters, Savannah and Raylyn.

Other accolades go to J.P. Rappenecker for music and video assistance, Pagosa Brewery, Mountain Spirits and Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce and Moonlight Books for assistance with ticket sale locations.

If you’re yearning for more soup, join us on March 25 for Soup for the Soul in Durango at the La Plata Fairgrounds. Local Durango restaurants will offer their favorite soups and appetizers. For more information, visit

With sincere appreciation,

Tina Gallegos

Focus on Marriage

Pagosa Springs friends:

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to many people and organizations who made the Focus on Marriage Simulcast a blessing to many local marriages. People from Pagosa Cowboy Church, Mountain Heights Baptist Church, Restoration Fellowship and Centerpoint Church had a vision to bring this opportunity to a local venue, and it was a success. Seven local churches were represented, as well as attendees from Durango, Mancos and Aztec. We would also like to thank those who came through at the last minute with work on the technical equipment, and a huge “Thank You” to Art Bonna from Radio Shack. We would also like to say “Thanks” to all who helped with childcare, facility preparation and food preparation. Local marriages are encouraged, thanks to the efforts of those who place a high priority on the value of families in this community.

Local Focus on Marriage committee