Terri Jourgensen, left, dances with former Boys & Girls Club of Craig executive director Jonathan Godes at last year's Cowboy Christmas. This year's event is Dec. 1 at the club, 1324 E. Highway.

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Terri Jourgensen, left, dances with former Boys & Girls Club of Craig executive director Jonathan Godes at last year's Cowboy Christmas. This year's event is Dec. 1 at the club, 1324 E. Highway.

Boys & Girls club looks for community support at fundraiser

If you go

What: Cowboy Christmas, a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. Highway 40

Cost: $35

— Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, can sum up last year's Cowboy Christmas fundraiser in two words: very successful.

This year, Duran hopes the nonprofit's largest fundraiser of the year produces similar results.

"We're looking to build from that success," Duran said.

The nonprofit hosts Cowboy Christmas at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. There, guests can bid on items in live and silent auctions, enjoy a catered dinner and dance to live music.

Tickets sell for $35 and are available at Masterworks Mechanical, Chapman Automotive Service Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

The fundraiser has received strong community response.

"I imagine we'll be sold out (of tickets) by Wednesday," Duran said.

Donations from area businesses will go to auction at the event. These items include six lift tickets at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort and a bicycle valued at about $100.

Sports items will also be up for bid, including two-ticket packages to three Denver Nugget games, autographed Broncos memorabilia and a baseball bat and baseball signed by Colorado Rockies team members.

"I'm very excited about the event," Duran said.

The annual fundraiser has changed in recent years. In the past, a Halloween dance served as the club's main fundraiser. However, the event was moved ahead into the holiday season to avoid conflict with the Moffat County United Way's fundraising campaign.

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is the largest youth-serving nonprofit in the county. Its funding comes from diverse sources, including grants and local fundraisers.

"Local support is really important," Duran said.

Last year, the fundraiser garnered $33,000 and cost about $9,000 to produce, yielding a $24,000 profit for the club.

The director's goal for this year's event is simple: to top last year's total.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the club's general operations, which include after-school and nightly meal programs, among other services. Some of the programs foster healthy eating habits and geography skills.

With the money, the club also hopes to purchase new computers.

The club aims to build students' character in preparation for adulthood, Duran said. The success of the Boys & Girls Club affects all county residents, she added.

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