While the school year has begun and summer activities have waned, the fundraising season is just hitting its stride. This month, you have the chance to enjoy some favorite annual events and support nonprofits that provide vital services to our community. Giving of your time and resources can have a lasting impact on these local organizations that meet our critical needs.

Roll the Dice to Win Big for Mountain Resource Center

The Mountain Resource Center (MRC) is betting on its supporters to help them hit the jackpot with this year’s fundraising event: Casino Royale on September 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Woodlands Colorado just off Route 285. Thanks to event sponsors, a ticket to this festive evening will include entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, beer and wine. There will be a silent auction, paddle raise, wine pull, and more to give guests plenty of opportunities to raise money for MRC.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their casino-inspired attire of glitz and glam. Bringing extra class to the gathering will be Emcee Mark Spiroff, host of Conifer Radio. At press time, there were still individual tickets available as well as reserved tables of eight or more. For information, go to mrcco.org.

Proceeds support the array of community services offered through MRC including a food pantry and a mobile food service, emergency financial assistance, veterans support, family education, and employment services. The MRC mission is to strengthen our community with services that empower people while inspiring hope, resilience and independence.

September 10 Big Chili Cook-Off to Raise Funds for Local Fire Departments

Six mountain area fire departments are always on alert to come to the aid of our mountain neighbors. The Big Chili Cook-off gives us the opportunity to show our support for these first responders who keep us safe. Plan to make a day of it at this year’s event on September 10 from 10 am – 5 pm on the fields of Buchanan Park.

Big Chili will feature live music, firefighters’ challenges, artisan booths, food vendors, children’s attractions and, of course, the chance to taste and vote on entries to the chili contest. There will be free shuttles to the event leaving from Evergreen Middle School at 2059 Hiwan Drive.

Advance tickets are available online until 5 pm on September 7. They are $18 each, $15 for four or more tickets. Children 12 and younger can enter free of charge. Tickets will also be available at the gate the day of the event. Go to bigchili.org for more information.

Get to Know Evergreen at the Newcomers “Koffee,” September 17

If you recently moved to Evergreen or if you’ve lived here and would like to get acquainted with your neighbors, you are invited to the Evergreen Newcomers and Neighbors (ENN) annual Kickoff Koffee on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am–noon at the Buchanan Recreation Center. 

During your coffee break, you can learn more about what the club offers including 20 different activity groups focusing on books, crafts, hiking, wine and just about everything in between. ENN is celebrating its 60th anniversary and recently showed its love of our community by partnering with Sculpture Evergreen to purchase and dedicate a bench alongside the Spirit of the Rockies sculpture in Bergen Park. To learn more about this organization, go to evergreennewcomers.com.

Tickets Are Going Fast for the Cody Ray Slaughter Elvis Tribute Show

With the recent release of the movie “Elvis,” decades-long fans and those just meeting the King on film are drawn to the legend’s prolific musical recordings. You can experience a live tribute to Elvis by the internationally recognized artist Cody

Ray Slaughter when he takes the stage to raise funds for Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

Returning to the Lakewood Cultural Center his seventh year, Cody will “Rock the Rockies!” by performing the legend’s biggest hits, fan favorites, gospel tunes, duets and country songs in amazing Elvis-style outfits. Concert dates are Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm at the Lakewood Center. For tickets, call 303.987.7845 or go to lakewood.org/tickets. Proceeds will support Mount Evans in providing home health care, palliative care, hospice services and grief support. The nonprofit also hosts Camp Comfort, a free summer camp for children who are coping with the loss of a loved one. For more information, go to mtevans.org.