From left, Madysen Cramer, Tané Otis and Felicia Vasquez prepare to serve up cupcakes and cannoli as part of the Bear River Young Life banquet Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The event allows the community to learn more about the organization, which works with youths in Craig and Hayden.

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From left, Madysen Cramer, Tané Otis and Felicia Vasquez prepare to serve up cupcakes and cannoli as part of the Bear River Young Life banquet Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The event allows the community to learn more about the organization, which works with youths in Craig and Hayden.

Sweet turnout for Young Life banquet in Craig

Event includes desserts, potato bar, magician and more

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— A wide selection of sugary delicacies was among the favorite food items Sunday afternoon, but the sweetest taste came from the satisfaction of enriching the young people of Northwest Colorado.

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From left, Moffat County High School sophomores Brittany Young, Stephanie Duarte and Allie Dilldine finish their "mashtinis" before the dessert course at the Bear River Young Life banquet Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. A mashed potato bar was among the appetizers for the event, which also included a photo booth and a magic show.

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The members of the crowd at Sunday's Bear River Young Life banquet bow their heads in prayer.

The Bear River Young Life banquet offered a little bit of everything to the community in its annual fundraiser at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion — a photo booth, a magic act, a number of desserts and “mashtinis,” portions of a mashed potato bar served in a martini glass. However, it also gave people in attendance the chance to learn more about “the story of Young Life,” as director David Pressgrove put it.

The organization provides numerous activities for youths in Craig and Hayden, and the fundraiser served as a celebration of the festive spirit of Young Life and an informative meeting about how people can get involved with its operations, whether monetarily or by donating their time.

Pressgrove said attendance numbers at this year’s event were at “the high end,” which was a good indicator of how much people believe in the group’s purpose and have spread the word.

“We rely on people inviting people, and people did a great job of that,” he said. “It’s always kind of a mixed bag of how people get involved, and we’re usually fortunate enough to add some people who want to be a part of it.”

High school- and middle school-age members of Bear River Young Life helped set up and serve the food. Craig Middle School seventh-grader Madysen Cramer was among those hard at work in the kitchen with plates and plates of desserts.

Cramer said she enjoys meeting new people at the banquet. She’s been part of Young Life for about two years and most enjoys being able to learn more about God through the group.

Part of that is attending camp sessions, which take place in winter and summer.

“It’s a crazy place where kids can be themselves,” she said.

Ashley Ellis, one of the coordinators for local teens, said she loves seeing the amount of work kids put into the banquet.

“I think they really understand that it’s all for them,” she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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