Mather’s donates poker run proceeds to Trujillo and Horizons

Fernando Rojas, Delbert Trujillo, Chris Trujillo, Jesica McMillan, Elizabeth Skudneski and Natasha Plantiko gather at Mather's Bar for a presentation of checks to Chris Trujillo and local nonprofit Horizons.
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Mather’s Bar held its first annual charity poker run in September. With the funds raised, they were able to donate $3577.50 to longtime Craig resident Chris Trujillo and $1192.50 to local nonprofit Horizons.

Trujillo was the focus of a widespread awareness campaign this summer, spreading word about her search for a kidney donor. After receiving a surprise call earlier this month from UCHealth at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that a donor kidney had been found, Trujillo underwent a transplant and is now recuperating back in Craig and “feeling stronger every day.”

Jesica McMillan and Elizabeth Skudneski were on hand Oct. 26 to accept the generous donation for Horizons. They shared that the funds will go toward supporting their adult-focused program, which currently provides services for just under 30 local adults.

Mather’s Bar Manager Natasha Plantiko said that she had wanted to host a charity event since taking over event planning duties for the bar. The poker run ended up being the perfect choice, and she plans to make it an annual traditional for the bar, with future funds going toward local residents, families and groups.

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