Kiwanis play nets $12K for charities


Dave Dempster, Kiwanis Club of Craig play chairman, said he is glad residents continue to support the annual Kiwanis Play year after year.

To some, the play's lampooning of local events and personalities might only bring to mind dirty jokes and alcohol.

But, Dempster said that is not what he thinks of when play season comes around.

"It's kind of a wild time, but it's really all about the kids," Dempster said. "It's pretty much our singular and only fundraiser. We have a golf tournament at the end of the year, but it's a small thing compared to what we can raise with the play."

For this year's satire of all things Moffat County - which included skits about county officials, the Daily Press and local ranchers - the Kiwanis Club sold out the Friday and Saturday night engagements at the county Fairgrounds Pavilion, a total of 444 tickets each night.

Now, club members look to spend the $12,000 raised, Kiwanis Treasurer Mike Brinks said, which he added is about the same money raised last year.

The majority of the play's proceeds - about $8,000 - will go toward the group's annual round of college scholarships for Moffat County High School seniors.

Brinks said interested students should see their guidance counselor for information about how to submit an application to the Kiwanis scholarship committee.

There are no limits for how much an individual scholarship can be worth, Brinks said, just a limit on how much total funding is available.

Likewise, there is no criteria limiting who can receive a scholarship or what they can use it for, whether a student wants financial aid for a four-year university or a two-year vocational school.

"The only qualification is they have to be a Moffat County High School graduate," Brinks said.

Club members expect to put the rest of the play's profits toward the annual Special Olympics and other community projects that come up throughout the year.

Brinks said sometimes that means using the money to help buy a new senior citizen van for Sunset Meadows or giving to Moffat County Libraries for children's activities.

Dempster said Kiwanis members have supported the Western Slope's regional Special Olympics each April and May for several years. The event provides athletic contests for residents with disabilities.

"We're just very thankful that the community accepts (the play) every year, and we can afford to do these things," he said.


daybyday 8 years, 1 month ago

Awesome job by the Kiwanians, as always, as it takes an enormous amount of hard work and dedication to produce the play for the community each year. What could be better...except possibly a venue where everyone who wants to attend, is able to attend, and thereby increasing the profit to charity. Thank you, Kiwanis Club, for all you do for the community.


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