Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The first annual A Grateful Harvest for Roundup River Ranch was hosted on Saturday, Aug. 18, and was an affair to remember. With over 275 in attendance, the numbers are in, and over $500,000 was raised to support Roundup River Ranch, an organization in Colorado which provides camp experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses, completely free of charge to the campers and their families.
“We are grateful for the support we received from all who attended A Grateful Harvest. Because of the event, the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses will be enriched through empowering camp programs,” said Ruth Johnson, president and CEO of Roundup River Ranch. “It was a powerful evening, and we hope that all who attended will continue to experience the magic of camp long after the event has ended."
A Grateful Harvest included an impressive array of culinary creations from some of the region’s top chefs. The signature dinner highlighted the tastes of the season as interpreted by Kelly Liken, Restaurant Kelly Liken, Paul Ferzacca, La Tour, Tyler Wiard, Elway’s,and Jason Harrison, Flame at The Four Seasons, and. Master Mixologist Brian Harker, Matsuhisa Restaurant Vail, prepared the event’s signature cocktails, wine pairings were offered by Master Sommelier Richard Betts, Betts and Scholl, and beer selections were provided by Crazy Mountain Brewery. One of the true highlights of the evening was a performance by Elizabeth Hendrickson, a Roundup River Ranch camper from Montana, who brought the crowd to the feet following her powerful rendition of Martina McBride’s “Anyway”.
A Grateful Harvest was co-hosted by Roundup River Ranch Board Members Kathy Cole and Carole Watters. “A Grateful Harvest was the perfect conclusion to the 2012 summer camp season,” said Cole. “The impact we have as a community to change the life of the children who attend Roundup River Ranch was felt by all who attended the event.”