The dancers and drummers of the Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble: A heartfelt thanks |

The dancers and drummers of the Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble: A heartfelt thanks

— Dear friends,

Love and compassion continues to pour over the Yampa Valley. This is a heartfelt thanks to the ever-generous local community who came out to help support and celebrate the Naused family on Feb. 8. Your donations of food, auction items, fabulous entertainment and attendance – let alone the overwhelming spirit of the evening – made this benefit an outstanding success.

Heathre Naused and her as-yet-unborn baby were in a harrowing car accident in Oak Creek canyon on Nov. 14. Baby Alex was born immediately following the accident, but mother and son spent more than a month in Denver hospitals, with multiple surgeries and much recuperation. Mom, baby and a grateful family are home now, working along the long road to recovery. The financial boost of this benefit was much appreciated – as were the high spirits of the friends and families who came out in support of the Nauseds.

For their awesome performances that night, we want to thank the fabulous local belly dancers of Jasmir for shakin’ it for Heathre and Alex, Julie Massey and Ryan Browning for their beautiful voices, our African drummers for bringing the community to the dance floor and Jennifer Harland for swinging the hula hoops.

For the delicious food and libations, we are grateful to Beau Jo’s, Chelsea’s, Chocolate Soup, Freshies, Pioneer Spirits, Riggio’s, Steamboat Yacht Club, Vino, Gary Tubman, Cellar Liquors, Nancy Kramer, Mila Lamberson, Lynne McCann, Molly Mintun and Wendy Smith Mikelsons. Huge thanks for all the great auction goodies from Beth Boyd, Children’s Danceworks, DHM Graphics, Wes Dearborne, Brooke Engeseth, Hollis Hampton, Jennifer Harland, Life Safety Solutions, Little Moon Essentials, Molly Mintun, Mountain Hardware, Old Town Hot Springs, Kyle Pietras, Riggio’s, Jessica Schlapkohl, Scott and Paulie at The Local, Linda Sheehan, Ski Haus, Kimberly Stauffer, Steamboat Pilates, Steamboat Ski Touring Center, Tread of Pioneers Museum, Jonathan Wheby and Windwalker Tours. Eternal thanks to The Steamboat Pilot for getting the word out – and to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council for your assistance in putting this event on along with everything else you do to help us keep African dance and music thriving in Steamboat Springs.

Thanks Routt County for coming together to dance and celebrate life, healing and the Naused family. Your efforts were a resounding success!

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Gratefully yours,

The dancers and drummers of the Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble

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