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Cowboy Christmas raises funds, fun through Boys & Girls of Craig

Taylor Oxenreider

The spirit of giving is prominent this time of year, and the people in Moffat County have the opportunity to support today those who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

The 11th annual Cowboy Christmas fundraiser hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of CraigBoys & Girls Club of Craig will provide a fun-filled Saturday night as adults in the community get to have their own entertainment in the facilities that nurtures local kids on a daily basis. will provide a fun-filled Saturday night as adults in the community get to have their own entertainment in the facilities that nurtures local kids on a daily basis.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig will provide a fun-filled Saturday night as adults in the community get to have their own entertainment in the facilities that nurtures local kids on a daily basis.

Dinner and drinks are on the docket, as well as a few hands of cards and dancing to the music of Smokin' Gun Band.

The silent auction alone is an example of the generosity of the community in raising funds for a program that benefits so many young people, said Dana Duran, the club's executive director.

"There'll be some great items to buy for early Christmas shopping." Duran said. "Through a really fantastic Cowboy Christmas and the support of the community, we're able to do what we do best, and that's give kids the extra support they need to be their personal best."

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While BGC of Steamboat Springs recently celebrated its 2,000th member, Craig's branch has served more than 2,700 kids in the area — specifically 2,760 — in its 11-year history.

The evening will also be a chance to honor the Craig club's Youth of the Year, an award given to a standout teenage member of the staff, this year's recipient Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School senior Taylor Oxenreider. senior Taylor Oxenreider.

Moffat County High School senior Taylor Oxenreider.

"She has a huge heart and a big personality that the kids love to be around," Duran said of the honoree.

Oxenreider has been coming to the club since 2006 and became part of the red shirt team three years ago. Among the projects she's helped out with recently is an effort for some of the older club members to form a "social action plan."

"It's helping the middle-schoolers figure out a change they want to do in the community," she said.

Oxenreider said she plans to attend Colorado Mesa University after she graduates, studying elementary education, having gained plenty of experience in her current job working with children that age.

"I really enjoy it, it makes me feel good inside, and I know it makes them feel good to know that they have someone there," she said.

Tickets to Cowboy Christmas are $35 per person and are available at BGC or the Craig Daily Press, with sponsorship tables available for $800 or $1,000.

Cocktails are served at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 970-826-0411.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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