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More than a sweet cause

It was shameless, but I guarded my bid on a silent auction item at the Decedent Desserts fundraiser on Sunday. That mountain bike was destined to be mine – I would need it to lose the eight pounds I gained from eating 26 different decedent desserts.

This year’s dessert competition was tougher than it’s been in years. Some of the chefs put tons of time into their delicious creations.

Some were almost too pretty to eat – almost. The chefs used types of sugar I didn’t even know existed to create edible martini glasses and vases holding fresh fruit. It was like flipping through a coffee table book of perfect desserts.



The best part of the event wasn’t even raising money for Advocates Against Battering and Abuse. It was seeing the generosity of our community and the people who support the great Advocates cause.

When I worked for Advocates, people always asked me how I was able to work a job in which you see so much sadness. I told them it was because of being exposed to the generosity of this community.



We have 174 nonprofit agencies in Routt County. That’s a lot of local causes. Steamboat Springs hosts hundreds of benefits every year. And every one of them is full of good people supporting good causes.

But no other fundraiser affords you the opportunity to savor 26 decedent desserts and buy something from the silent auction to work them off (I got the bike!).

Tuesday in the tent

Right. I remember Vasyl Popadiuk of Papa Duke saying in an interview that he could play the violin very fast. But I didn’t expect to see smoke coming out of his violin (Seriously, I saw smoke).

Every two minutes he had to pull broken strings from his bow. It was incredible. The music was interesting, intricate and inspiring. It made you want to run out and join the gypsies – or at least become a Papa Duke groupie.

You could tell the band members really appreciated and respected one another and seemed to be having more fun on stage than most bands I’ve seen. They were almost always smiling at each other. And I was smiling at the end, because I got a hug from Popadiuk after the show.


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