Musician Coffey Anderson stands among his audience Sunday evening at The Journey at First Baptist in Craig. Anderson encouraged audience participation, which, at one point, involved a Daily Press photographer. The concert raised $4,500 for Celebrate Recovery.

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Musician Coffey Anderson stands among his audience Sunday evening at The Journey at First Baptist in Craig. Anderson encouraged audience participation, which, at one point, involved a Daily Press photographer. The concert raised $4,500 for Celebrate Recovery.

Weekend events in Craig raise thousands for area organizations

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Bo Lyons said the Craig Kiwanis Club provides valuable community services throughout the year such as picking up trash along highways and trails.

Once a year, however, the group puts on trashy clothes and performs skits.

This year was no different.

On Friday and Saturday, the club’s members hosted its 65th annual play at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

It was one of three social events in Craig over the weekend, two of which were fundraisers.

Lyons, the play chairman, said this year’s play, which featured men in drag, as well as dance numbers, and parodies of local happenings, was a success.

“It went pretty good,” he said. “We had a good crowd both nights.”

The play raises money to provide college scholarships to Moffat County students, and generated about $13,000 in ticket sales.

Lyons said it’s too soon to know how many scholarships the Kiwanis Club will provide this year, or in what amounts.

“We might give more of a smaller amount, or we might give a larger amount to fewer kids,” he said. “It depends on what the committee thinks at that time, and who’s applying and what it’s for.”

In recent years, the club has offered between eight and 10 scholarships each year, Lyons said.

An event wholly different from the play took place Sunday night at The Journey at First Baptist. There, Los Angeles singer and songwriter Coffey Anderson performed before hundreds of people.

The event raised $4,500 for Celebrate Recovery.

Concert organizer Leslie Peterson said Celebrate Recovery is a worldwide, faith-based 12-step program that deals with more than addiction.

“We want people to know it’s not just for people with addictions,” she said. “It’s for anyone with a hurt, habit or hang-up.

“People that are grieving, or people that have addiction problems or people that struggle with their faith or spiritual health, things like that, it’s a place for them to come and share and try to find healing.”

Peterson said funds raised through the concert will go toward purchasing program literature, sponsoring seminars and providing leadership training.

Peterson estimates the organization helps 10 to 25 Moffat County residents each week through its local base at The Journey.

Another event hosted by a local church was Friday night’s Mardi Gras party at St. Michael Catholic Church.

In years past, the event has been used as a fundraiser, but this year ticket sales were used to support the event’s expenses only.

Organizer Kandee Dilldine estimated 130 people attended the event, which featured music, dancing and more.

“They played a little bit of cards, too,” she said.

Mardi Gras signals the start of Lent, a Christian period of 40 days before Easter that involves moderation.

Dilldine said the church can be forgiven for having a little fun.

“That’s what it’s all about,” she said of Mardi Gras. “It’s about indulging in the things you’re going to give up for the next 40 days.”

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