Solandt Memorial Hospital Ball returns to Hayden |

Solandt Memorial Hospital Ball returns to Hayden

Fundraiser to support hospital makes its way back for 1st time after 50 years

— The Solandt Memorial Hospital Ball returns this month for the first time in 50 years.

The hospital’s annual fundraiser was discontinued in 1961. It was held each year since Solandt opened in 1923, the only accredited hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City at the time.

Hospital Board President Kathy Hockin said she’s not sure why the Hospital Ball was discontinued just six years before the hospital shut down. Since 1970, the facility has been leased to medical providers and community organizations.

Hockin said the board is bringing the Hospital Ball back to raise money that can be used to leverage grant funding to complete the nearly $573,000 Solandt restoration project.

The Hospital Ball will be held at 6 p.m. March 19 at the Haven Community Center. Tickets cost $15 for individuals, $25 for couples and $35 for families. They are being sold by Hospital Board members, at the door, at the hospital, at Yampa Valley Feeds and RN Robinson & Son.

Hayden American Legion Post No. 89 will sell $5 hamburger plates. There also will be a cash bar.

The hospital’s restoration project began last fall. Hockin said the first of three phases is complete and contractor Tyke Pierce Con­struction, of Steamboat Springs, is in the middle of Phase 2. Architect Robert Ral­ston, of Steamboat Springs-based Robert S. Ralston & Associates, designed the project.

Hockin said completed work includes stabilizing the building and repairing exterior cracks. The elevator and fire escapes were fixed and are up to code. Exterior doors and windows were repaired or replaced.

She said future work includes reg­­­rading the building’s south side, making the existing ramp compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and repaving the parking lot and driveway. Hockin said a new fourth phase would include finishing basement repairs.

To complete the restoration, the Hospital Board needs to raise matching grant funds.

Hockin said the board hopes to earn $15,000 from the Hospital Ball. A social hour will be followed by a live auction at 8 p.m. Loose Change will perform starting at about 9 p.m. There also will be a silent auction.

Auction items include a five-day, four-night guided hunting trip at the Motherwell Ranch south of Hayden; a week at a Las Vegas timeshare; a $500 Frontier Airlines gift certificate; an original oil painting by John Fawcett; a quilt created by local quilters and a 1972 Christie II double chair lift, among others. Hockin said local businesses and friends of the hospital donated items and services for the silent auction.

Hockin said she hopes the Hospital Ball restores some of the nostalgia for Solandt.

“Outside of the museum, which is the old depot that has been restored, there is not another public building in Hayden worth restoring,” she said. “We need to take care of what we have left.

“The work we’ve done will ensure that building is there long after we’re gone.”

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or e-mail

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