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3rd annual Spring Soirée raises funds for Hayden Elementary School programs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Imagine going to school, and there being no art, no music or no physical education classes. Some might joke it wouldn’t hurt for PE to go away, but for many elementary school students, that’s the only class of the day where they can release some pent-up energy. And no art or music stifles a child’s chance to be creative.

The possibility of these classes disappearing when budget cuts rocked the Hayden Valley Elementary School in 2016 spurred parents to action. The Health and Wellness Team was formed, and they proposed an annual fundraiser to support these important programs.

In 2017, the Spring Soirée, an annual party featuring live music and food, was born and generated $16,653. The next year, the team expanded the event’s beneficiaries to include the school library and computer science department.

Now, in its third year, the Spring Soirée, which will be held Friday, April 19, will once again work to raise funds for school programs that fall under the health and wellness umbrella.

“Our team has realized that needs change from year to year, and with the possibility of unforeseen needs of the transition to the new school, funds can be used for any health and wellness need at Hayden Valley Elementary School,” said Ashley McMurray, a member of the Health and Wellness Team.

This year’s party will feature live music by local band Yer State Birds, beer, wine and foods from New Orleans.

According to McMurray, guests can expect crawfish boudin balls, smoked catfish dip and roast oysters on the half-shell. There will also be a silent auction with items from Hala Gear and GrassSticks along with a handmade wine rack, travel packages and more.

“This has become a favorite community event,” McMurray said. “It draws people from around the valley to support our school specials while enjoying excellent food by a local chef, drinks and live music.”

If you go

What: Hayden Valley Elementary School Health and Wellness Team’s annual Spring Soirée
When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 19
Where: Hayden Granary, 198 E Lincoln Ave.
Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door

The Spring Soirée kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the historic Hayden Granary, 198 E Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased online. They’re $40 at the door. Each ticket includes food and one drink ticket.

Go Alpine will also be providing a free shuttle for Steamboat Springs residents wanting to attend. The shuttle will leave the Steamboat Transit Center at 5 p.m. and return around 10 p.m. Those interested in the shuttle must RSVP at 970-879-2800 by Thursday, April 18.

To reach Mackenzie Hicks, call 970-871-4208, email mhicks@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @mackenzieshawna.

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