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Heart Beat Ball raises funds for Pagosa Springs Medical Center

The Heart Beat Ball, a dressy affair and fund-raiser for the Pagosa Medical Center (formerly Pagosa Mountain Hospital) is quickly becoming a “Super Party.” It’s a dance, a silent and live auction and a Taste of Pagosa.

Bob Hite, retired news anchor, NBC Channel 8, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Steve Levy his old “aka” best buddy and side kick in the 1970s when they worked for Channel 6, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, also retired, will be our live auctioneers. While they are not trained auctioneers, they are both real hams and should make for a fun and an eventful evening. If you are lucky enough to know these guys, you will agree.

Several of your favorite eating establishments are participating with bites of some of their most popular fare. A few of the restaurants participating are: Alley House/Farrago Market Cafe, Boss Hogg’s, Ole Miner’s Steak House, Dorothy’s, The Buffalo Inn, Austin Blues Bar-B-Q, the Floured Apron and Bacci’s. There will be a cash bar with a $1 of each sale donated back to the hospital.

There are also several restaurants, lodging facilities and merchants participating in the silent auction with gift certificates and specialty items. The event will be at the Pagosa Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 7-11 p.m. The new owners have generously donated their facility for this gala event and, for those who haven’t seen it in a long time, it just may be worth the ticket just to see the Lodge back in action again. They are also providing discounted rooms to those who opt to not drive home.

We will jitter and swing to some oldies and rock and roll the night away.

Mark your calendars and buy your tickets at the following banks: Bank of the San Juans, both Citizens Banks, Bank of Colorado and Rio Grande Savings and Loan. The hospital and Pagosa Mountain Clinic also have tickets. They are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, if available. If you are out of the area and would like to reserve advance tickets and be placed on the will-call list, have a donation or wish to volunteer, call Tari Woods at 731-8877.