Written by Teri McCartney

Dana Cooper of Nashville, Kelley Mickwee of Austin (and The Trishas fame), and the Valley’s own Don Richmond share their talents in a songwriter-in-the-round format to benefit the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund on Saturday, February 14, at 7:30pm in Leon Hall on the Adams State University campus. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for 18 & younger and can be purchased at The Green Spot in Alamosa and The Windsor Hotel in Del Norte or by emailing wellspring@att.net.

In addition to an incredible night of music, the SLV Brewery will be donating 50% of their wine and beer sales from 5:30 -7:30 pm on the 14th. The Bistro Rialto is offering a free beverage on February 14 to those showing a concert ticket, and the Grille (at the golf course) is offering a buy one, get one ½ off special.  Make it a date night - have dinner and a beverage before the show.

The late Tony Ross established the SLV Cancer Relief Fund in 2006 with the purpose of “lifting the spirits” of those dealing with cancer after he received emotional and monetary support during his treatment. The Fund continues to grow and assisted 94 patients in 2014, up from 59 in 2013. The annual Concert for Cancer Relief is its biggest fundraiser of the year. Teri McCartney, Chair of the SLVCRF Board, states “The growth of the Fund in the past year is phenomenal. We all know and love someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. It’s not an easy journey and being able to give even this small stipend shows community support and good wishes”.

The SLVCRF is a totally volunteer organization with a small board of dedicated individuals who have been touched by cancer and want to help others in that journey. The bulk of funds raised comes from individual memberships and fundraisers like the Concert for Cancer Relief and the Memories and Reflections evening in December. “All of the money stays right here in the Valley going directly to cancer patients. The Fund acts as a channel raising money from those who can give and dispersing it to those in need. Even a small gift can help people know others are thinking of them and they are not alone,” McCartney said.

Individuals wishing to become members should visit slvcrf.org or contact McCartney at wellspring@att.net or send a check to the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund, PO Box 1297, Alamosa, CO, 81101.

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