Tickets on sale for Integrated Community fundraiser

Audrey Dwyer

If You Go...

What: Dinner and a Movie fundraiser for Integrated Community

When: Tuesday, May 19

Where: Cugino's Italian Restaurant, 41 8th St. and Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $30 contact (970) 871-4599 to purchase or email benandmillie@gmai...

— Tickets are now on sale for Integrated Community’s annual Dinner and a Movie fundraiser.

For the second straight year the local nonprofit will host the event as a way to generate awareness and help continue the organization’s growth.

On May 19, the event will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Cugino’s Italian Restaurant. Then, at 8 p.m., there will be a cocktail hour and movie featuring the film “Frontera,” staring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria and Michael Pena.

Set in the tumultuous border area of Arizona and Mexico, “Frontera” follows the life events of a former Arizona sheriff’s wife who was killed while riding on their ranch property. In the film, it appears that a Mexican man crossing into the U.S. illegally is at fault. Searching for answers, the former and current sheriffs discover new revelations as the story unfolds with complex issues and tensions between those who live on either side of the border line.

“The event will allow the community to get a better understanding from the movie what our local population is up against and why some of them are here,” said Millie Beall, board president for Integrated Community.

Formed nine years ago, Integrated Community is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the community through partnerships with immigrants, other English language learners and locals. Integrated Community’s major programs include the Resource and Referral, Interpretation and Translation, English Tutoring and the Study Friends programs.

Over the past three years especially, Beall said, the organization has begun to thrive with the help of volunteers, fundraisers and community support.

Beall’s passion for this program came to fruition once she and her husband retired and decided to embark on a two-year experience with the Peace Corps in Bolivia and Costa Rica. Upon their return home to Steamboat Springs, they felt a need to get involved with the non-English speaking community.

“We had the language and wanted to keep that up, but we became even more in love with the Latin culture, and we understood how hard it is to live in another country and how you really need to have somewhere to turn to learn how to navigate,” Beall said.

Last year, Integrated Community received almost $3,000 from the Dinner and a Movie event, which, in turn, was directed toward its programs.

This year, with a different venue for the restaurant, they hope to exceed that. About 109 total tickets are available for $30 each. Tickets can be purchased from Integrated Community, located at 718 Oak St., or by calling 970-871-4599. To contact Beall for tickets, email her at

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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