“Service Above Self” is the motto for Rotary International. That guiding principle shapes our local rotary clubs as they focus on giving back to our communities through philanthropic activities. Rotarians have been busy planning upcoming events to raise money and awareness for outstanding causes and to build goodwill. They invite you to participate and be of service.

Evergreen Rotary Club Presents Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser, Feb. 2

The Evergreen Rotary Club has recast its February event, previously a Mardi Gras-themed party, into a country western affair. Denim and Diamonds encourages attendees to polish their boots, grab their favorite jeans, choose their best cowboy hat and get ready for some two-steppin’ fun on the dance floor. Whiskey Road, a sought-after, Denver-based country western band will perform live music from traditional and contemporary artists including Dwight Yoakum, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, and Zac Brown.

Tickets are $40 per attendee with the option to purchase VIP seating adjacent to the dance floor; $200 for a table of eight or $100 for a table of four. Proceeds from the event will help support projects backed by the Evergreen Rotary Foundation, a nonprofit that allocates funding to charitable, civic, cultural, and educational purposes. For tickets and more event information, go to bit.ly/3RSuKD0.

Conifer Rotary Club Event Emphasizes Mental Health and Wellness

To promote self-care and help remove the stigma of mental health challenges, the Conifer Rotary Club has organized MindFest, a free event featuring professional speakers, wellness resources and interactive activities. The gathering takes place on February 17 from 9 am – 2 pm at Our Lady of the Pines Parish, 9444 Eagle Cliff Road in Conifer.

According to organizers, the club is putting extra focus on mental health issues in 2024 to coincide with Rotary International’s theme, “Create Hope in the World.” Across the globe, Rotarians are encouraged to foster discussions of emotional well-being, and to improve access to mental health services.

MindFest speakers will address Cyberbullying, the relationship between brain function and emotions, support for LGBTQ youth, self-care in stressful times, and how time in nature can impact mental health. The day’s keynote speaker will be Vincent Atchity, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, who will focus on how to build mentally healthy communities.

More than 30 vendors representing wellness initiatives and social services will be available to interact with attendees and provide resources. There will be plenty of opportunities to engage in diversions such as designing a miniature Zen garden, creative journaling, acoustic therapy, solving puzzles, and playing at a slime station.

For more information and event updates, go to facebook.com/rotaryconifer.

Mountain Foothills Rotary Ice Melt Contest Underway

Mountain Foothills Rotary Club placed the bright yellow Ice Melt contest barrel on Evergreen Lake on January 3 to officially launch the perennial fundraiser, which benefits INSPIRE (the Evergreen Park & Recreation District special needs program), Evergreen Christian Outreach, Crutches4Africa and other nonprofits supported by the Club’s foundation. The contest, which the Club began in 2006, challenges ticket purchasers to guess the exact date and time the Rotary barrel will fall through the ice on the lake.

First prize is $1,000, second place is $500, third place wins $250, and the fourth luckiest entry receives $125. Tickets are $3 each, two for $5, three for $10 and 11 tickets for $20. They are available at several locations, including Wulf or Buchanan Recreation Centers, and Evergreen National Bank. In the next several weeks, Rotarians will be selling tickets outside of the Evergreen Safeway, Walmart, and King Soopers stores. Revival Brews and Lariat Lodge will also have tickets for purchase. Online ticket sales are through the event website, evergreenicemelt.com. March 17 at midnight is the deadline for submitting contest entries.

Mark Your Calendar for the Mount Evans Hospice Feb. 23 Olympic Gala

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice invites you to enjoy an evening of Olympic celebrations, auctions, French cuisine and wines, and dancing to the music of Tunisia. The nonprofit’s benefit gala on February 23 beginning at 5:30 pm at Mount Vernon Canyon Club will raise funds to support the delivery of compassionate and experienced care to our mountain community. Attendees are strongly encouraged to dress up as a Summer Olympic athlete, for a dinner in Paris, or to honor their favorite country.

Tickets are $100 per person. Reserved tables for eight are $1,000 and table seating for 10 people is $1,200. Tickets are on sale at mtevans.org.

If you cannot attend, but want to support the event, the silent auction preview will be available online in February and bidding opens February 16 for items including trips, artwork and gift packages.