Eggs-tra help for Moffat County Partners

Decorative paper Easter eggs will soon be popping up all over town.

The Moffat County Partners sixth annual fund-raiser started Friday and runs through April 1. Local businesses and agencies will post the eggs for a $1 donation. Silver eggs are available for $5, and gold eggs cost $10.

"All the money stays in the community with kids who participate in Partners," Director Tara Jenrich said.

The organization pairs youths in at-risk situations with adult mentors, who typically spend three hours a week with the youths. Currently, 10 youths are in one-on-one matches, and 41 are on the waiting list. Those not in one-on-one pairings participate in regular group activities that teach them life skills.

The group raised $1,800 through Easter egg sales last year, and even though this year's campaign is shorter than before, Jenrich set the goal at $3,000.

She's hoping businesses will challenge each other and battle for the traveling plaque that accompanies the top-selling store. Last year, The Popular Bar won the competition.

Partners has another upcoming fund-raiser. On April 1, the group will host its fifth annual Silly Supper, filled with jokes and pranks to celebrate the April Fools' Day.

"A bunch of the kids who came last year thought it was a great time, so we decided to make it an annual April Fools' event," Jenrich said.

Last year was also the first time the organization made money on the dinner, so she did not want to set a goal for this year's "family friendly" supper.

The meal will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12 and $25 for a family of five or more. Partners board members are selling tickets, and tickets are available at the door.

Partners holds four fund-raisers a year, including a poker run, held in conjunction with The OP Bar & Grill, and a rummage sale.

Jenrich said these funds are critical to the continued success of the program.

"We have a lot of kids in our comm-unity who could use that ex-tra support of an adult," she said. "We're the only organization in the community that provides that support."

For more information about the paper Easter Egg campaign or Silly Supper, call Partners at 826-4261.

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