Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. About 100 people visited the Nederland Food Bank Fundraiser on Saturday night at the Caribou Room. They came not only to help one of Nederland’s longest-lasting and most successful non-profits but to have a great time dancing and eating and listening to two great bands, different genres, but the same happy energy.
Kids loved stepping into the spotlight on the dance floor, bathing in the redness, and showing off some of their moves, many of which involved sliding on their knees. Moms twirled their young ones and sometimes just twirled by themselves, lifting their arms, feeling the music, the light gypsy and jigs of the Gael; the edgy rhythm of Slopeside.
Along with the dancing and socializing and enjoying Kim Culver’s snacks, many people meandered through the silent auction tables, looking for something they probably didn’t need, but would sure love to have, like the Eldora Ski Lift chair, a piece of history, now that Cannonball and Challenge have been torn down to make way for the Eldo Express which is in the last stages of construction.
Healthy, well-tended large plants from the Black Forest Restaurant, more pieces of history, were also part of the silent auction.
At the end of the evening, more than $1,200 was raised to support the food pantry, which brought a huge smile to executive director Chris Current’s face. Chris’s family joined her in making the fund raiser a success. Her son, Arn, and his Slopeside musicians put on a great show for those who showed up to support one of Nederland’s foremost resources.
In this anniversary week of the newspaper, the food pantry celebrates its 31st year of bringing food to the community. The pantry began in 1986 in the Nederland Community Presbyterian Church with a weekly food distribution. St. Rita’s Catholic Church donated one of their rooms to store donated food.
In 2012, the Town of Nederland offered the food pantry space in the west wing of the Nederland Community Center as well as the adjoining passageway, which serves as a greenhouse to grow fresh produce to offer clients.
During the 2013 flood, the food bank and the Town provided emergency shelter and food, social services and emergency relief information for the mountain community.
Saturday night’s funds will go to keep the food pantry shelves stocked and to continue to build collaborations and partnerships to ensure that clients and the community continue to receive needed services.
If Everyone Gives a Little – Everyone Can Eat.
(Originally published in the October 26, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)