Residents sparkle during Diamonds and Spurs

It's a guaranteed good time if your biggest concern is wondering what to wear.

And a night of elegance at the Rotary Club's upcoming formal dinner and dance promises a swanky affair.

Sporting this year's theme of "Diamonds and Spurs," the annual event scheduled for Jan. 31 vows to dazzle with its exquisite food, music and drawing for a jewel worth $1,500.

"It's the event of the year," said Rotarian Denise Arola. "It's really the only time I go out all year."

This year marks Rotary's third dinner event. Each occasion focuses on a different jewel, and this year the emerald takes the stage. One lucky guest will leave the evening with a necklace set off with a smattering of diamonds surrounding an emerald stone. The piece is from Kester Jewelry and is on display in downtown Craig.

Dress for the event is formal or western formal. But guests arrive in an array of duds for the black tie affair, Arola said.

"It's always a good excuse for me to go out and find a dress," she said.

The Rotary dinner tradition has become the group's largest annual fund-raising event. No more than 250 tickets will be sold. Tickets to the event are $50 each and proceeds from the dinner go toward college scholarships for Moffat County High School students.

Rotary-raised dollars have benefited the community since the Craig group formed in 1982.

Today Rotarians push education efforts by outfitting students with dictionaries at the Colorado Northwest-ern Community College. They also run a book buddy program at Ridgeview Elementary School.

Another Rotarian project assists the elderly by providing hand-held devices for seniors to use to get help in case of an emergency.

As part of the Rotary International Centennial project, local Rotarians plan to revamp and replace playground equipment at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

But the Diamonds and Spurs event is one that all 22 Rotarians play an active role in, members said.

That level of dedication is required to transform the Pavilion at the Moffat County Fairgrounds into the year's premier event.

"It won't even look like the Pavilion when we're done with it," Arola said.

Rotarian Samantha Johnston agreed the effort is the group's largest undertaking, one that they take pride in putting on for the community.

"It's the biggest event of the year, one that everybody's involved in," she said.

A number of businesses and community members also support the event, Johnston added.

"I've heard people call it the adult prom," Arola added. "It's actually the only time I've seen some people go all out. It's a lot of fun every time."

Tickets
To purchase tickets for the Diamonds and Spurs event scheduled for Jan. 31 call Denise Arola at 824-2010 or Samantha Johnston at 824-7031.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com.

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