Fundraiser to benefit theater-loving couple with medical costs |

Fundraiser to benefit theater-loving couple with medical costs

Margaret Hair

Friends are holding a fundraiser today for Seth and Bea Bograd, who married in August 2007. The Oak Creek couple is having complications with a pregnancy, and their fellow entertainers aim to help defray medical expenses. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs.

— When Tami Thurston approached South Routt business owners asking for donations to benefit her friends and fellow South Routt residents Bea and Seth Bograd, every store she set foot in offered to help.

Friends in Steamboat Springs got a similar reaction as they worked to put together a benefit for the Bograds, who are facing complications with a pregnancy.

"They've just been a huge part of South Routt. They are what South Routt is, helping and giving," Thurston said. "They'd be there for you in an instant, and that's why we're there for them."

On Dec. 10, Bea Bograd's water broke 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Seth Bograd said. With no contractions or other physical signs of being in labor, she went to her doctor's office and then was checked into Yampa Valley Medical Center, and once stabilized, was flown to Denver on Flight for Life.

Since then, Bea Bograd has been at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Med­­ical Center in Denver. She'll stay at the hospital until after delivery, which ideally would be 34 or 35 weeks into term, Seth Bo­grad said. The baby, who doctors say is a boy, now is at 28 we­­eks and six days, he said. A nor­­mal gestation period is 40 weeks.

South Routt residents may have seen Bea and Seth working with children in local schools, and residents across the county may have caught Seth's turns as the bartender "Cash" in Pirate Theatre's satirical looks at local life. Bea and Seth Bograd met in 1999 through local theater productions and got married in August 2007, Seth Bograd said. They live in Oak Creek.

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When Pirate Theatre founder Brian Harvey, other theater associates and family friends such as Thurston heard about the Bograds' medical situation, they started pulling together a fundraiser to help with mounting medical bills.

They called on local businesses to contribute door prizes and called on themselves and other performers to provide entertainment.

At 7 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center, Harvey and his co-fundraisers will perform songs from past Pirate Theatre productions and "Cabaret" variety shows. We're Not Clowns will juggle, and local theater regulars will revisit old skits. Seth Bograd said he plans to join in on some Pirate Theatre songs.

Harvey hopes to raise as much money as possible to help with medical expenses at today's fundraiser. There is a $25 suggested donation at the door.

Throughout the past month, Bea Bograd has stayed positive, and the baby is doing OK, Seth Bograd said.

"She's in excellent spirits," he said. "She's a very positive thinker."

If you go

What: Cash for Cash Benefit, a fundraiser for Bea and Seth “Cash” Bograd

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Cost: $25 suggested donation at the door

Call: Depot Art Center at 879-9008 or Brian at 846-2018

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