Craig Rotary kicks off 2014 with Diamonds & Spurs |

Craig Rotary kicks off 2014 with Diamonds & Spurs

Nate Waggenspack
Wayne and Janet Wright do a triple step to the music at the 15th annual Diamonds & Spurs at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
Nate Waggenspack

— The crowds turned out to enjoy food, dance and support the Craig Rotary Club on Saturday at the 15th annual Diamonds & Spurs.

The event attracted a packed house at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, with many locals attending in their best-dressed attire. There was a silent auction consisting mostly of items and services from local businesses and dinner was served before the dancing got going, but those attending came out to do it all: slow dancing, swing dancing, the Electric Slide and the Macarena were all on the playlist.

Most of the night was focused on the festivities, but Rotary took time to honor the 2013 winner of the Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarian Award. This year’s winner was Val Rohrich, a former Craig Rotarian now living in Minnesota, for her endless volunteer work through Rotary and other organizations.

“We’re especially proud of everything she embodies as a person,” Rotarian Sue Goodenow said. “She did tons of things behind the scenes for us to help on so many of these projects and make them successful. She tirelessly worked for our community while she was here.”

Rohrich was integral to the organization and decoration of Diamonds & Spurs, Goodenow said, and the 2014 party wouldn’t have worked so well without her past direction.

The Muldoons also couldn’t be in Craig on Saturday, but they sent a letter from Texas expressing their support for naming Rohrich as the recipient.

“The club could not have chosen a more worthy recipient for the 2013 humanitarian award,” the letter said, as read by Randy Looper. “Without ever seeking the limelight, this person quietly and competently worked to improve the lives of their fellow human beings.”

It was back to the party after that, where those in attendance kept enjoying the music. Phillip Gibson, a recent addition to Rotary, had a great night.

“It’s been a great time. I love meeting people and all these folks dressed up really nice,” Gibson said. “I know some of the coal miners here, and it’s great to see them. When I see them dancing and having a great time, that’s what it’s all about.”

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