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The second heat at the Lucky Ducky race sponsored by Salida Sunrise Rotary at Riverside Park. Merrell Bergin photo

Salida Sunrise Rotary celebrated its Tenth Anniversary with a lawn party at Riverside Park on a breezy Sunday afternoon, Aug. 29.

The event featured live music in the Rotary Bandshell, cupcakes and a lively, multi-heat, Lucky Duck Race on the Arkansas River.  A family-friendly event, there were games for kids (of all ages), ducky decorating and much more.

Joe Jordan and JoAnne Allen share details of upcoming events produced by Truth Has a Voice Foundation at Salida Sunrise Rotary Tenth Anniversary celebration. Merrell Bergin photo

In keeping with the Salida Sunrise Rotary mission of service to the community, numerous Chaffee County nonprofit organizations manned booths to explain their missions and network with locals and visitors alike.

Locals, visitors, and their dogs all enjoy the offerings at the Salida Sunrise Tenth Anniversary Celebration at Riverside Park. Merrell Bergin photo




Of note: while Chaffee County is highly supportive of the more than 160 nonprofits located here, many people are only aware of a few of their favorites.  This event offered a chance to meet and greet the people behind the scenes who make a wide variety of good work possible, creating a close-knit community that cares.

While some nonprofits are large and well-established, some, like “Baba’s Magical Christmas” have recently grown from a small and seasonal program to now an official, 501(c)(3) nonprofit Chaffee Cares,  helping neighbors in need year-round.

When asked, one visitor said “tell me about the Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF)…I moved here recently from the Bay Area and am looking to get involved in volunteering.”

He obtained information about Volunteers in Action (VIAChaffee), the free, countywide clearinghouse hosted by CCCF for those wishing to volunteer, so they can connect with multiple nonprofits seeking donated time and talent.

Featured image: Chaffee County Community Foundation, Full Circle Restorative Justice and Salida Aspen Concerts welcome visitors to their booths at the Salida Sunrise Rotary Tenth Anniversary celebration at Riverside Park, Salida. Merrell Bergin photo