As COVID-19 continues to shape the way we live our lives, our mountain area nonprofits and small businesses are finding new opportunities to help the community stay involved with their activities and fundraisers. Their ingenuity continues to amaze!

Find the Fox and Win Prizes in Evergreen and Conifer

The Evergreen and Conifer Chambers of Commerce have come up with a creative way to celebrate that businesses are open, as they encourage community members to shop local with a Summer Scavenger Hunt! Community members are encouraged to visit local shops and businesses and look for the image of a fox, to be eligible to win prizes in biweekly drawings.

Here’s how it works: First, to get the list of participating businesses, you need to download game cards for Conifer (at goconifer.com/summer-scavenger-hunt) and Evergreen (at evergreenchamber.org/summer-scavenger-hunt). Then, the fun starts! Just drop by the businesses, find the fox and write down the words from its speech bubble on your game card. Once you have visited 15 businesses, mail your card in or drop it off at  your respective Chamber office to be entered into the biweekly drawing. See either Chamber website for addresses.

This game has so many benefits! It provides a fun activity to do with the kids who may be stuck home from school longer than parents are used to. You might be prompted to buy something while you’re in the shops, which helps our local small business owners stay open during a difficult time. Many are offering a special discount if you mention the fox. And, of course, there’s a chance you’ll win one of the prizes, ranging from wine from Aspen Peak Cellars to fireplace cleaning from Inglenook Energy. The entire list can be found on the Chamber websites. The deadline is August 31, so you still have plenty of time to play and win.

Walk a Mile Barefoot to Fight Human Trafficking

They say the best way to truly understand someone is to walk a mile in their shoes. Joy International takes this saying to heart with its Mountain Community Barefoot Mile event to be held on Saturday, August 29 at 9 am in Marshdale Park. Participants are asked to walk a mile in solidarity with impoverished and trafficked children to raise funds for this Conifer based nonprofit, which is dedicated to the prevention of child trafficking worldwide, and to the rescue, restoration and reintegration of children, teens and young women affected by trafficking.

You can walk with others in person on that day, or walk on your own anytime. To learn more and register for free, which opens the door for you to raise funds for the event individually or as a team, visit secure.qgiv.com/event/mcbm2/.

120 for $120 in 2020
Is in Person AND Virtual

Center for the Arts Evergreen is getting even more creative than usual for this year’s 120 for $120 exhibit and auction fundraiser, offering the opportunity to attend either in person, using masks and social distancing, or virtually, via Zoom. The 120 pieces of art to be auctioned off are on display at CAE, and the gala will be held on Friday, August 21, from 5-8 pm. CAE is asking participants to wear masks inside the building and is providing plenty of room for people to spread out. They are also providing wine and cupcakes, which they encourage attendees to enjoy outdoors.

Some of the many beautiful pieces available for purchase include a lovely oil painting of aspen trees in fall called Path of Autumn Color by Don Sahli, a bronze sculpture of a sleeping nude woman called Summertime crafted by Dave Yetter, a photo of Summit Lake taken by local photographer Ellen Nelson, and a pastel drawing entitled Raven by Marjie Eakin-Petty.

You can learn more about the event, peruse the art and purchase tickets at evergreenarts.org/event/120-for-120-2.

Center for the Arts Evergreen, located at 31880 Rocky Village Drive in Evergreen, provides quality art instruction, exhibitions and events for mountain area residents. Its gallery showcases local and nationally acclaimed artists. Learn more at evergreenarts.org.

Enjoy a Gourmet Feast and Wine Pairing in Your Home While Supporting Bootstraps, Inc.

Bootstraps, Inc. has found a way to make a virtual experience truly delicious with two upcoming Sips for Scholarships opportunities. For a $60 donation, you can have a multi-course dinner and wine pairing from one of the area’s finest restaurants delivered to your home from Aspen Peak Cellars on Thursday, August 20, and the Bistro at Marshdale on Thursday, October 1. Take the opportunity to create a special event in your own dining room while helping Bootstraps provide scholarships to mountain area students.

Aspen Peak Cellars’ menu features an appetizer of Shrimp & Pineapple Ceviche Tostadas paired with its Sauvignon Blanc, followed by Pork Tenderloin Wellington with Truffle Bordelaise Sauce and Ratatouille Stuffed Zucchini. The suggested wine is its 285 Fusion. Dessert is the restaurant’s marvelous Key Lime Pie.

The Bistro at Marshdale will be serving a Golden Beet and Duck Salad appetizer paired with Volver Tempranillo wine from Spain, and a Butternut Squash Bisque paired with Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio from Italy. The main course is Seafood Newburg paired with Clean Slate Riesling from Germany, or Flat Iron Steak paired with Requiem Cabernet from Washington state. It’s all topped off with a scrumptious Chocolate Truffle dessert.

Both restaurants also offer vegetarian options.

To register for either event and see the menus, visit bootstrapsinc.org/events.html.

If you are unable to attend either night, you are of course welcome to donate to Bootstraps anyway. This nonprofit has been helping mountain area graduating high school seniors pursue their educational dreams through scholarships and interest free loans for 75 years. For more information, visit bootstrapsinc.org/