Parrotheads celebrate at ‘After the Holidaze Party’
CRAIG — As quartermaster of the Northwest Colorado Parrotheads, Dory Brown puts the purpose in the organization’s slogan, “Party with a purpose.”
The chapter, the Pirates of the Yampa Valley, is part of a national network of community service and fraternal organizations that coalesce around their love for Jimmy Buffet’s music. The Northwest Colorado chapter is chartered to serve the environment and improve access to musical instruments and education in local schools.
Last week, Brown was the first Parrothead to earn both of the organization’s year-end awards. Brown was named “Most Valuable Parrothead” and earned the most volunteer points in 2017. She received the awards as part of the Parrotheads’ “After the Holidaze Party” at the Center of Craig.
“It’s really overwhelming,” Brown said of winning the award. “It doesn’t feel like work. I really enjoy being part of the club, and I don’t deserve it, of course. I’m sure there’s a lot of other people that work just as hard as I do. I just have my fingers in a lot of different projects, I guess.”
Brown spearheaded the Parrotheads’ tree-planting project at Elkhead Reservoir. The group planted more than 35 trees, creating wildlife habitat and shade near the lake. Brown was involved in nearly every volunteer event the Parrotheads held last year, from working the club’s summer beer garden to road and river clean ups, said Captain Rabbit (Robert Schenck, the equivalent of the club’s president). As the club’s quartermaster, Brown tracked the club’s supplies and helped keep meetings in order.
Brown donated all her prize money to the night’s causes — a service dog for a child and St. Michael’s Community Kitchen. Throughout the party, two coffee cans sat in the back of the room, collecting change for the service dog and the community kitchen.
The club celebrated another year of service with drinks, music and poker and cornhole tournaments. Member’s dues pay for two parties, and all the club’s fundraising goes to community service. This year, the club bought ukuleles for Sunset Elementary, decorated downtown Craig with flower pots and made progress on a diversion park on the Yampa River near Craig.
“We’re here to just do good for the community,” Captain Rabbit said.
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