Tethered hot air balloon rides and dancing to the live country music of the Renegade Mountain Band will be two highlights of an Oct. 26 benefit fundraiser for the Espanola YMCA Teen Center.
Individuals wanting to attend should reserve a ticket by Oct. 18.
Rio Arriba County is a co-sponsor of the benefit and has provided the Abiquiu Rural Events Center, an 18-minute drive north of the Fairview and Paseo De Onate intersection (Espanola), The City of Espanola and Los Alamos Medical Center are also sponsoring the fundraiser.
This is the first Boots, Band & BBQ event for the Espanola YMCA Teen Center. The dinner and dance will take place 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
A letter written jointly by Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero, Rio Arriba Commission Chair Alfredo Montoya, and YMCA Board President John Wolfe was sent to congressional delegates, state and local officials, and business and local community members requesting they purchase a table to help the Y provide healthy activities for teens.
The Espanola YMCA Teen Center has an annual budget of $180,000 and is partly funded by The City of Espanola, Rio Arriba County, Santa Fe County, the United Way of Northern New Mexico, Con Alma Health Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and several other foundations at approximately $130,000. The event is being held to help make up the operating difference.
“It is heart-warming to see the multi-agency support for the purpose of serving our youth. Our village recognizes the need and is responding earnestly,” Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval said.
The Y is selling table sponsorships at a $1,000 (Rancher’s level) and $500 (Posse level). Individuals who want to attend are encouraged to get a posse together and purchase a table jointly. Table purchases may be arranged by calling Linda Daly at 662-3100, or by completing and mailing a form available online: http://www.laymca.org/media/bootsbandbbq.pdf .