Dinner and dancing

Organizers gearing up for seventh annual Diamonds & Spurs


The Craig Rotary Club's annual night of dinner and dancing, Diamonds & Spurs, returns to the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion on Jan. 27 for its seventh year.

"It's a nice time to socialize with your friends and just get out and enjoy yourself," club president Randy Looper said. "It's just a neat, special event."

The gathering begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing through midnight. A cash bar will be available.

Timeless Catering of Meeker will serve crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, herb crusted prime rib, Danish chicken, loaded smashed potatoes, a dinner salad and vegetables. Dessert choices include turtle cheesecake, orange chocolate cheesecake and death by chocolate.

"The food will be wonderful as usual," Looper said. "The food is one of the nice things. It's really outstanding."

Diamonds & Spurs also includes a raffle for an amethyst necklace valued at $1,500, donated by Kester Jewelry. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

The event is formal, but attire ranges from tuxedos to Western wear, Looper said.

Event chairperson Bob Johnson suggests "something that's going to be comfortable but appropriate for the occasion."

Diamonds & Spurs tickets are $60 per person. Corporate tables are $480 for eight

people or $600 for 10 people.

"The thing I think is interesting is the money we collect from ticket sales is used for civic donations," Johnson said. "We make some money for the club, which is filtered to worthy events and worthy individuals in the community. We're pretty proud of that."

The Rotary Club uses funds raised at Diamonds & Spurs to sponsor some of its many programs. The club offers a high school scholarship and Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing scholarship, and purchases dictionaries for third-graders.

Rotary also hosts the Book Buddy program, through which members purchase books for students with needs and read to them. The club sponsors a school in South Africa, provides Life Line assistance to elderly residents and cleans and maintains the Marcia Car with the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Looper said the club is starting a flag project to display American flags along Yampa Avenue and Victory Way seven times a year during patriotic holidays.

Rotary has sold 160 Diamonds & Spurs tickets, which Johnson said is up from this time last year. By Jan. 1, 2006, the club had sold nine tickets.

There are 225 tickets available. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit Elk Run Inn, 627 W. Victory Way, or call Johnson at 824-3258.

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