Area residents prepare to be pampered |

Area residents prepare to be pampered

Kelly Silva

— People needing medical or cosmetic assistance can find comfort in the first ever Health and Pamper Fest at Yampa Valley Medical Center Saturday.

More than 12 businesses or individuals will provide services for people who want skin cancer screenings, blood tests, manicures, hearing tests and many others at a requested donated price.

Dr. MaryAnn Wall typically gives a free skin cancer screening once a year. At a meeting with staff members in early October, Wall had the idea of expanding the screening to a festival of health and cosmetic services.

Cheryl Verser, Wall’s office manager, organized the event and recruited businesses and individuals to partake in the festival of services.

“With everything happening in New York and everybody writing checks to go out there, we think it’s important to help our local United Way,” Verser said.

Verser said the small skin cancer screening suddenly has turned into this big fund-raiser.

“We don’t want to forget our local charities,” Verser said.

The hospital will slide back the conference room walls and allow different businesses and individuals to set up their stations. Each station will have a requested donation that ranges between $5 and $20 for each service. All proceeds will benefit Routt County United Way.

Sarah Jivan, cosmetologist at Back Stage Hair, said she recently moved to town and thought this would be a good way to meet people.

“I want to get the word out that I’m a hairstylist and it’s a good fund-raising event,” Jivan said. “I’d like to become a part of the community in supporting the local United Way.”

Jivan said Verser’s amiable personality also helped her say yes when she was pondering whether or not to do men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts at the festival.

Verser said even if people do not want or need a specific service, they still could come to the festival and donate money through a $5 raffle ticket. Tickets will be called every one-half hour to give away donated gifts by local businesses.

As a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wall, Yampa Valley Medical Center and Routt County United Way have collaborated to provide these services to people in the community while raising money for local non-profit agencies.

Services include fasting blood tests, facial skin cancer screenings, oral cancer screenings, LASIK consultations, foot screenings, hearing tests, mini-facials, haircuts, seated massages, rolfing, manicures and hand treatments.

Those providing services include: Dr. MaryAnn Wall, Dr. Kris Boyce, Dr. Jeff Piaskowy, Dr. Craig Eckroth, John Burke, Yampa Valley Medical Center Lab, Rocky Mountain Spa, Mountain Hair Studio, Back Stage Hair, Mary Kay, Mary Acton, Mary Melius and the Rolfing Center.

“Everybody was willing to jump right in and work and help,” Verser said. “People were calling us because they wanted to help.”

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