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Boys & Girls Club’s Cowboy Christmas celebrates 10 years in Craig

The crowd at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig's Cowboy Christmas eats a fancy dinner Saturday night while viewing a slideshow of the club's accomplishments. The club's annual fundraiser celebrated its 10th year as part of the community and included food, live and silent auctions, live music and more.

It was a decade ago when a new organization became part of Craig, and in that time it's changed hundreds of young lives.

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig hosted its 10th annual Cowboy Christmas on Saturday night, its yearly gala event to celebrate the community that helps make it possible and show them what their efforts do for the kids who make up the membership.

The night included dinner catered by Brother's Custom Processing, desserts made by Kelly Pyper's classes at Moffat County High School, live and silent auctions, music by regional band Sun Dog, gaming and more.

Executive Director Dana Duran said the traditionally sold-out event was expanded a little further this year as part of the club's milestone of 10 years in town.

"It brings tears to my eyes to see how much this community supports us," Duran said.

Tané Otis was honored as the club's 2014 Youth of the Year. A part of Boys & Girls Club since age 6, Otis has worked in a different capacity in her teen years, now part of the junior staff.

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"I'm so glad the turnout is good, and everything is great, and I love it tonight," she said prior to her speech.

In the past, Cowboy Christmas has also awarded People, Business and Volunteer of the Year, but this time used the opportunity to honor all those in the past who had received the accolades.

City Council member Joe Bird, who was in attendance, said the effects of the club are far-reaching for families and the entire town when children have a reliable outlet during after-school and summer hours.

"There's a lot of aspects, especially with single parents, and some people wouldn't be able to work if this place didn't exist," Bird said. "This is a great avenue and venue, and they do good stuff for kids."

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