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Avalanche victim fundraiser will include poker run, auction, concert

— A full day of events are planned to remember and raise money to help the family of the Steamboat Springs man killed in an avalanche Feb. 14.

All proceeds from Saturday’s poker run, concert and auction will go to the family of Jesse Christensen.

Registration for the poker run is from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Strings Music Pavilion, and it is designed so anyone can participate. The cost is $100 per hand and includes a ticket to the concert at the pavilion later in the day.

Luke Berlet, who is helping organize the event, said the poker run will consist of people going out and taking pictures of themselves doing anything outdoors.

Berlet said they want people to share their passion for life like Christensen said.

“If it’s not going to snow and be sunny, go for a run,” Berlet.

The photos will then be posted to the Jesse Christensen Celebration of Life Movement Facebook page, and people will be given five playing cards for their poker hand. The winner will get 20 percent of the purse.

Doors for the concert and auction will open at 5 p.m. People are encouraged to get the $50 tickets beforehand at tickets.stringsmusicfestival.com.

“We’re hoping that we can get a couple hundred people — 300 would be great,” said Kim Haggarty, who is also helping organize the event. “We’re just trying to help out the family.”

Food is being donated by E3 Chophouse, Aurum Food and Wine and Carl’s Tavern.

Haggarty said they have a very special night of music lined up by artists who have donated their time.

Christensen’s son Colter will perform the cajon percussion instrument with Chamberlin Birch. The Enough About You 80s tribute band will play and be followed by Loose Change with Brent Rowan.

“He’s an amazing guitar player,” Haggarty said.

There will be a silent auction as well as a live auction conducted by renowned Steamboat auctioneer Cookie Lockhart.

Christensen was a gun safety advocate, and auction items include four lifetime diamond memberships to the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Nevada. Berlet said the memberships sell for between $10,000 and $15,000.

“This is a big ticket item that someone is going to get a heck of a deal on,” Berlet said.

Other auction items include snowmobile rentals from Colorado Sled Rental in Steamboat and a day on the lake flyboarding for eight people.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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