The anticipation of Halloween and fall festivities is in the air. Our mountain area nonprofits are taking full advantage of the new season by hosting fundraisers that add an element of fun for participants who like to dress up in costume. Best of all, aspiring students, special needs individuals, animals looking for a home, and dozens of nonprofits will benefit from the generosity of attendees. So, why not get creative, embrace your whimsical spirit, and lend your support to a worthy cause?

October 22 Mobster Lobster Gala Aims to Raise Scholarship Funds
Get out your pinstriped suits, fedora hats, flapper dresses and long-string pearls. It’s time to party at the speakeasy to raise money for the Rotary Clear Creek 2000 scholarship program for Clear Creek students.
The creatively titled Mobster Lobster event takes place at Cabin Creek Brewing in Georgetown. Cocktails and appetizers will be served from 5-6 pm followed by a 1.5-pound, whole lobster dinner (Chicken Piccata as well as a vegetarian option are available, too). The festive atmosphere will feature live jazz by Swing Shift, a 50/50 cash drawing presented by the SpeakEasy Ladies, a silent auction, and a live auction to round out the evening. You could walk away with an off-road jeep ride up the mountain with a picnic lunch, a guided fly-fishing excursion to a private mountain lake, or a chef-prepared gourmet meal, featuring Wagyu beef, for four.
Attendees are encouraged to get into the theme of the event by wearing their mobster and flapper attire. Tickets are $100 and are available through by searching Mobster Lobster. Advance reservations are required.

The October 28 BOOgie Bash Celebrates Halloween and Helps INSPIRE
Calling all goblins, ghouls and costume-lovers! The annual Halloween BOOgie Bash and Costume Contest is set for Friday, October 28 at The Wild Game from 5:30-10 pm. This popular annual event will feature an evening of live music performed by Something Underground.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. There is no admission charge for children 12 and younger. For more information, and to purchase online tickets, go to
Net proceeds from the event, presented by Boogie Benefits, LLC, will support the INSPIRE program. INSPIRE incorporates opportunities for social, physical and inclusive recreational experiences for individuals with disabilities. The program is based on the belief that everyone—regardless of ability—deserves choices for health, leisure, recreation, education, advocacy and wellness to enhance the quality of their lives.

Two and Four-Legged Souls Welcome at the 8th Annual EAPL Zombie Run
On Sunday, October 30 at 10 am, a pre-Halloween Zombie Run/Walk will step off from fields near the Buchanan Park Recreation Center to raise money for the Evergreen Animal Protective League. Both runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5k event which meanders through the picturesque Bergen Park area trails.
Post-race festivities including a “scary good bake sale,” spirited music, and a selfie booth are sure to delight. There will be free cocoa and coffee available, and a highlight of the day will be costume contests for both two- and four-legged participants.

Online registration is open until October 28 at

Individual entry fee is $30 in advance, $40 on race day. There are 4-pack entries available for $100. Children 12 and under can enter for $15. Day-of registration and check-in runs from 8:30-9:45 am. Parking is available at the Recreation Center and in the RTD lot located on the corner of Highway 74 and County Highway 65. For more details and to learn about EAPL’s mission to place animals in loving homes, go to

Shop Once, Gift Twice at the November Alternative Gift Fair
It’s time to welcome the season of gift-giving, which is rapidly coming upon us. To make your shopping easier, and more meaningful, consider attending the 22nd Annual Alternative Gift Fair. You’ll discover beautiful handmade crafts, jewelry, art, textiles, and many other unique creations offered by local and international nonprofits. When you make a purchase, you not only acquire a special gift, you also support the ongoing work of the participating charitable entities who receive 100 percent of sale proceeds.

The two-day fair runs Saturday, November 12 from 9 am-4 pm and Sunday, November 13 from 9 am-3 pm at the Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Highway 73 in Evergreen. Sponsoring congregations are Evergreen Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church of Evergreen, Church of the Hills Presbyterian, Congregation Beth Evergreen, Church of the Transfiguration, and Christ the King Catholic Church. For more information, go to