All of us at the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT), from our Board of Directors to staff members, wish to express tremendous gratitude to the community for the support we have received recently.
First, our annual Headwaters Hoedown was a great success, with nearly 200 people attending, contributing and enjoying a lovely afternoon on the beautiful Gilmore Ranch on the Rio Grande just west of Alamosa. From the music of Sweet Radish and the Rifters to the sun which shone all day for us (during a very rainy spell of weather) to the local foods feast prepared by Pepita Catering, it was a wonderful celebration of conservation. Everyone from grandparents to young children made the most of the day, exploring the ranch, enjoying the company of good friends, and dancing in the barnyard.
The generosity was overflowing and we are grateful to our sponsors: the Trinchera Blanca Foundation (Title Sponsor), San Luis Valley Federal Bank (Invitation Sponsor), Conservation Resource Center (Food and Drink Sponsor), along with the San Luis Valley Irrigation District, Solar Reserve, SLV Law, ERO Resources, Wild West Wine & Spirits, Basin Printing, CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency, DiNatale Water Consultants, Dugan Ranch, Wall Smith & Bateman, Allpine Title, Monte Vista Coop, Colorado Conservation Connection, Edward Jones, J&J Rental, and Mondragon Portable Toilets. Their support made the event possible.
We are also grateful for the many donors who contributed to our Save the Ranch campaign this year, helping RiGHT achieve our goals for a wonderful conservation project on the Conejos River.
And then there were the many people and businesses who donated fantastic items to our Silent Auction, from cabin stays to art work to fabulous dinners and we so appreciate the attendees who purchased items in support of RiGHT.
Finally, after such great community turn out for our local event, we were deeply honored to receive the El Pomar Foundation’s Award for Excellence. Just to be nominated for that by Karla Shriver and others from the San Luis Valley committee was an honor, and then to actually be chosen as one of five non-profits from around Colorado for this year’s award was very encouraging for our on-going conservation efforts.
It was also special to celebrate at the award banquet with Karla as well as Tom Gilmore, Kathy Rogers, and Keith Cerny.
We wanted to thank everyone in the community and beyond who has supported us this year and over many years. We hope to be able to continue to achieve our mission of “conserving the land, water and way of life” here in the San Luis Valley in the time ahead.
Nancy Butler, Executive Director
Angie Krall, President
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