Cooking for cash

Special Olympics raises money for athletes at upcoming fundraisers

Even though the burger and hot dog booth at Mud Madness Sept. 9 didn't fare well, Bonnie Dalton's spirits are still high.

She's the local coordinator for Special Olympics

"It was a nervous day for me. We had $1,100 worth of inventory," Dalton said. "We ended up making $700, but usually, it's more."

Dalton said she needs every dollar that she can raise for the Special Olympics of Craig because organizers send local athletes on seven or eight out-of-town competitions each year.

"It costs quite a bit to send athletes on out-of-town trips," Dalton said. "We take from 12 to 23 people each trip."

Craig hosts track and field, power lifting and swimming events each spring at Moffat County High School.

Dalton wants people to know that the dollars they donate to Special Olympics stay right here in town. Unlike other organizations, Special Olympics is independent when it comes to finances.

"We don't get money from United Way, and we are not connected to Horizons (Specialized Services)," Dalton said. "People think that the Kiwanis (Club) supports us because they help run the spring track-and-field events. They do an awesome job running the events, but we don't get money from Kiwanis."

It is possible to designate a contribution through the United Way to the Craig Special Olympics, but that must be specified when donating.

Dalton said local businesses have been very supportive of the Special Olympics spring track-and-field event. The prizes and food comes from donations, as well as hotel rooms for out-of-town athletes.

"The event is put on at no cost to any athlete in Special Olympics," Dalton said.

Most of the group's money comes from fundraisers, such as its annual bake sale and booths at different events.

Today, the organization has a food booth at the Golden Leaf Celebration in downtown Craig.

Organizers will offer burgers, barbecue pork and nachos.

The organization also will be holding its annual bake sale in October this year, because the bakers were out of town in March, when the event typically occurs.

"We'll be having a 'walking' bake sale in October," Dalton said. "We'll be going into businesses and taking orders. Then we deliver right to the business."

She said that some items are pre-baked and available for immediate delivery.

The Special Olympics is continually looking for athletes with disabilities to compete in its events. For more information about the organization, call Dalton at 824-0222 or Cheryl Chase at 824-2558.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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