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Tethered hot air balloon rides and dancing to the live country music of the Renegade Mountain Band will be two highlights of an Oct. 26 benefit fundraiser for the Española YMCA Teen Center.
“We’ve gone country,” said Y Executive Director Linda Daly. “We have a catered ‘spit’ barbecue dinner, roping demonstrations, old time western costume photos and it’s in the country, at an absolutely beautiful venue — Georgia O’Keefe County.”
Rio Arriba County is a co-sponsor of the benefit and has provided the Abiquiu Rural Events Center for the benefit, which is an 18-minute drive north of the Fairview and Paseo de Oñate intersection. The City of Española and Los Alamos Medical Center are also sponsoring the fundraiser.
This is the first Boots, Band and BBQ event for the Española YMCA Teen Center said Daly, which will be from 4-10 p.m. that day. A letter written jointly by Española Mayor Alice Lucero, Rio Arriba Commission Chair Alfredo Montoya, and Y Board President John Wolfe was sent to congressional delegates, state and local officials, and business and local community members requesting they purchase a table to help the Y provide healthy activities for teens.
The Española YMCA Teen Center has an annual budget of $180,000 and is partly funded by The City of Española, Rio Arriba County, Santa Fe County, the United Way of Northern New Mexico, Con Alma Health Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and several other foundations at approximately $130,000. The event is to help make up the operating difference.
Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval said, “It is heart-warming to see the multi-agency support for the purpose of serving our youth. Our village recognizes the need and is responding earnestly.”
The Y is selling table sponsorships at a $1,000 Rancher’s level and a $500 Posse level. Individuals want to attend are encouraged to get a posse together and purchase a table jointly. Table purchases may be arranged by calling Linda Daly at 662-3100, or by completing and mailing a form available online at laymca.org/media/bootsbandbbq.pdf.