A sparkling fund-raiser

Diamonds & Spurs is Jan. 29, but ticket sales end Friday

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Diamonds & Spurs is a particularly exciting event for one of this year's co-chairs, Greg Roberts. He jokingly described it as a milestone missing from his teenage years.

"I never went to the prom as a kid so I guess I relate it to prom," he said. "In high school, I didn't want to dress up, but now it's fine."

The fourth annual formal dinner and dance is scheduled for Jan. 29 and is sponsored by the Craig Rotary Club.

Roberts has attended each year and stepped up after being asked to be in charge.

"There's just nothing else like it in Craig," he said.

Denise Arola, another co-chair, said that she enjoyed the chance to get out and visit with friends she hasn't seen in a while.

"I think it gives people the opportunity to go out and get dressed up and have dinner and a nice night out," she said.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Dinner, prepared by Halandras Catering of Meeker, will include Greek salad, prime rib, chicken breasts, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots and toffee chocolate cream cake. There will be a cash bar serving a selection of wines, beers and cocktails.

Disc jockey Tracy Lawton has been in his business for many years, but this is his first time playing at Diamonds & Spurs. He will play a mix of oldies, classic rock and country music.

"There's not that many opportunities to dance in Craig," Roberts said. "It's a fun night."

Arola said the event typically draws about 200 people and raises money for Rotary Club projects, including the Moffat County High School Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $60 a person, and tables are available for parties of between eight and 10. Ticket sales end Friday to get final numbers to the caterers.

The event is nonsmoking and is reserved for those 21 and older. The attire is formal or Western formal. Roberts said women typically show up in anything including pants suits and ball gowns. Arola said men wear Western-style outfits, suits or even tuxedos.

Kester Jewelry, 530 Yampa Ave., donated the jewelry to be raffled off this year, a diamond and sapphire pendant valued at $1,200. The piece will be on display until the event, when tickets for the raffle will be on sale for $10 each.

With dinner, drinks, dancing and diamonds, co-chairs Arola, Roberts and Sam Johnston say the event is a once-a-year chance to dress up and have a great time.

"It's really different from everything else in Craig," Roberts said.

"It's really good food and really good people to be with."

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