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Something Different — a truly magical evening

Some grinned ear to ear.

Some wistfully dreamed of days gone by.

All listened intently as entertainers Victoria Liljenquist and Joseph Portal beautifully sang our favorite songs from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Oklahoma,” “Les Miserables,” and more.

More than 100 guests attended Saturday night’s “Something Different” event at The Pagosa Lodge. They enjoyed world-class entertainment, a delicious dinner, and chances to win vacations, furnishings and original works of art.

“It was truly a magical event,” said Madeline Lyon, event chair. “Because of our community’s unwavering support, funds raised at Saturday night’s event will ensure that our vision to bring the RMPAP National Art Show to Pagosa is a reality.”

In another magical twist during the evening, as guests bid on the grand finale live auction package, the Community Development Corporation’s president, Mike Alley won the package with the highest bid and then generously donated it back so guests could bid on it again, raising an additional $1,200.

The evening’s entertainers, Joseph and Victoria, expressed their gratitude for such a warm welcome from the evening’s guests. Then, Joseph added “The best part for me, however, was the chance to talk about Pagosa kids striving to participate in the performing arts. Although I love to sing, my ‘assignment’ is for children to have the chance to pursue their dreams. Thanks to volunteers in our schools and community, Pagosa kids are getting that chance. Tonight I was able to make a plea for our community to support these efforts by attending school plays and supporting Music Boosters.”

Special guest Stephen C. Datz, president of Rocky Mountain Pleine Aire Painters, emphasized that Pagosa Springs has extended the warmest welcome the group has ever experienced.

Special thanks to everyone who supported Something Different. The evening presented yet another example of Pagosans pulling together to support our community today, tomorrow and for years to come.

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