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The Central Colorado Conservancy’s (CCC) annual event and fundraiser is scheduled to take place in-person and outside at the Hutchison Ranch in Poncha Springs on October 14. This event is their most important fundraiser of the year and fuels their work year-round which includes helping to protect, enhance, and restore the lands and waters that provide the community with so much.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m. doors and silent auction begins

    Logo Courtesy of Central Colorado Conservancy

  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. info tables and music
  • 6:00 p.m. dinner
  • 6:45 p.m. speakers
  • 7:30 p.m. drawing for a surprise experience
  • 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. info tables and music
  • 7:45 p.m. silent auction ends

Tickets, which are $50 each, include:

  • Locally sourced dinner from Kalamatapit Catering
  • One free drink from Elevation Beer Co. or Vino Salida (additional for sale)
  • One free drawing ticket for an exciting local experience (additional for sale)
  • Live music by Heirloom
  • A silent auction of local experiences including fly fishing trips, protected land tours and more
  • Informational tables with the opportunity to meet staff and board
  • Meet other like-minded community members
  • Access to the Hutchinson Ranch, protected forever by an easement

While organizers plan to follow all CDC and local guidelines around COVID, they know that the event will only be successful if it aligns with the concerns and comfort level of their members and supporters.

The Delta variant has pushed much of the world into high transmission rates, including Chaffee County. This has the CCC evaluating the best way to move forward. Conservancy staff and the board would like to continue with the event as planned: completely outdoors with heaters and precautions like handwash stations, face masks for anyone who wants them, thoughtful seating spacing, and more.

Organizers are asking that community members take a survey to give feedback about health-safety precautions they think would make the outdoor event both successful and safe. Click here to take the survey.