The Haven hosts annual fundraiser with food, music, fun |

The Haven hosts annual fundraiser with food, music, fun

Noelle Leavitt Riley
The Haven residents Bob and Ann McKune enjoy a lively Friday night at the assisted living facility, where a fundraiser was held to help with maintenance costs. The couple has been married for 71 years.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

— The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden held its annual fundraiser Friday night, and more than 100 participants enjoyed live music, dancing, barbecue, a beer garden and a silent auction.

“This raises all the funds that the Haven needs for general maintenance at the facility,” said Suzi Mariano, director of communications for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, which owns The Haven.

Last year, The Haven raised $10,000. The total amount raised from Friday’s event will be released next week.

The whole point of the fundraiser is to ensure that building maintenance costs aren’t pushed onto the 18 senior citizens who currently reside at The Haven, said Karen Burley, director of the facility.

“We don’t pass the cost of these repairs onto our folks,” she said, noting that the building is more than 18 years old and needs a variety of service needs.

The Haven specializes in providing personalized care to elders who no longer can live on their own.

Couple Bob and Ann McKune, who have been married for more than 71 years, enjoyed the food and company at the event.

They moved from their ranch in Rangely to the Haven last November, as they needed more assistance in the latter stage of life.

The transition has been difficult, but they appreciate the staff and the fact that they’re closer to their two sons — both live in Northwest Colorado — who visit often.

“We have a remarkable group of young ladies who work here,” Bob McKune said.

The Haven employees volunteered their time to cook and take care of the logistics of the event.

“We’re like a family,” Burley said.

The band Loose Change performed, playing lively rock ‘n’ roll and country songs, and participants kicked up their heels and danced on the dance floor.

“I work with West Routt Fire, and my crew works out here a lot,” said band member Trevor Guire, who is the assistant fire chief in Hayden. “I see these people a lot, and they deserve my service.”

Face painting and activities for kids also were on hand.

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