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Cards of Thanks

Chocolate auction

Our annual Chocolate Auction and Chamber SunDowner was held on April 28, and was attended by over 130 guests. Everyone enjoyed “An Evening In Italy,” with an old-fashioned Spaghetti dinner before sitting down to have the opportunity to bid on 28 custom delectable chocolate creations. This year’s event showed a true competition by the chefs and caterers who went above and beyond in trying to outdo each other with their decorated creations. The Humane Society is very appreciative of everyone who came out and helped to make this year’s event a true success in some challenging economic times. When the numbers were tallied, we couldn’t believe that over $9,100 was brought in and, after expenses, a profit of $8,400 was raised to help the homeless dogs and cats in our care.

Thank you to Siri Schuchardt for all her hard work as co-chair while recuperating from foot surgery, J.P. Rappenecker for volunteering his time and sound system, our two famous spotters Mike Branch and Mark Crain, and auctioneer Larry Ashcraft. All of our volunteers and staff who helped throughout the day, evening and with clean up the next day. And, of course, to all of our supporters who donated items and those who purchased items.

Thank you.

Robbie Schwartz


The Partners in Education Committee (PIE) would like to thank everyone who joined us last Tuesday night for our Pagosa Springs Elementary School’s ’50s Sock Hop. It was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time!

A special thank you goes out to all the following volunteers who helped with decorations, cooking and serving the hot dogs and ice cream sundaes. We couldn’t have done it without your hard work and devotion to your community. They are The Kiwanis Club, The Grace Life Team, Kate Lister, Lynne Bridges, Jamie Kirkland, Satara Arthaud, Montana Bailey, Daniel Armbrecht, Ben Bailey, Barbara and Ed Simpson, Susan Caudle, Sonja Peterson, Jan Lewis, all of the Elementary School Teachers, Barbara Martinez, Jack Constant and Raymond Taylor. It’s volunteers like you who make our Family Nights a huge success.


Success of the LASSO Murder Mystery at the Winslow May 8 is due to the credit of many who made it possible. Special thanks to the chef and planner, Janet Richardson, her crew, Debra Kerns (aka Alice Merrily) and Angie Easter. Thanks to Rev. Doug Neal (Bernie), Eva Iwicki, Peg Ellis, Ken Rogers and Bill Crouse for your efforts. The generous support of the following merchants and crafters is greatly appreciated: Home Again, Boothill, Goodman’s, Treva Wheeless, Shear Talk, Ponderosa, Kim Hitchcox, Mountain Spirits, Boss Hogg’s, Plaza Liquor, The Rose, Pagosa Golf Club, Pagosa Dental, Navajo Trail Rentals, Coyote Hill Lodge, Pagosa Liquor, Ponderosa and Eagle Mountain Mercantile. To anyone we failed to mention, thank you! Everyone who attended — thank you for your support.


We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the ladies from the Mountain View Homemakers for all the delicious meals they prepared and brought to us, for all the cakes, flowers, cards and get-well wishes and the special help from all our neighbors and friends. Thank you all so very much and God bless you!

Liz and Al Schnell

High school choir

A heartfelt thanks to these local businesses that helped with fund-raising efforts over the past few weeks. The high school choir traveled to Denver for the Music In The Park competition on May 7 and needed to raise several thousand dollars to make the trip. Aurora and Ryan Wright, who own the MudShaver Carwash, graciously donated the use of their car wash facility. Over the course of two weekends, the kids washed hundreds of cars and raised over $2,000 for their work! Just down the street, Len and Brenda Richey, who own the Cafe Sole coffee cart across from the Post Office on Hot Springs Boulevard, donated the use and proceeds from coffee sales. Over $400 was raised selling lattes and espressos. We thank you for your kindness! Please remember these local businesses — they support our community.

Lisa and Bill Stine


Connie Prunty and the Relay for Life Team CenturyLink would like to thank the following folks for their generosity in making Saturday’s Musicians for Charity event a success: John McKeithen, John Hodson, Frank and Robin Schiro, Bill Hudson, Dogwood Cafe, Autumn Teneyl Designs, Costume Pit Stop, Farrago’s, Bear Creek, DSP Pizza, Kip’s, and all the wonderful musicians. Thanks to all who came and supported and congratulations to Lou Ann Marler for winning the 12-string guitar.