Get Ready for Moonshiners Ball, Aug.18

Habitat for Humanity of The San Juans will host their sixth annual Moonshiners Ball at the Montrose County Events Center on Aug.18. They say it’s the most important fundraiser they’ve ever held.

“We’re building seven homes in our community by 2020,” said Colleen Burke, Habitat’s executive director. “We’re rising to the needs of our community and we need everyone’s help to do it.”

This year’s theme is “Miners & Madams,” and the event will be held from 6 -11p.m. on August 18. Bank of Colorado and TEI Rock Drills are presenting sponsors. “Expect an evening of chance, mining, panning for prizes, auctions and outrageous entertainment,” said Burke.

Like other years, guests are encouraged to dress up to match the theme. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets range from $65 for Early Birds and $150 for VIP admission.

A ticket to one of Montrose’s most anticipated Summer event includes catering by The Yellow Carrot, a moonshine drink and a souvenir glass. There will be a cash bar for general admission guests. VIP guests are invited early for a reception and have access to a full hosted bar.

“We fundraise locally and we spend locally,” said Burke. “Moonshiners Ball is both a celebration of everything we’ve accomplished in the past year and also our big chance to fund everything ahead.”

Money raised by the Moonshiners Ball will benefit the affordable housing triplex currently under construction on Park Avenue in Montrose; another triplex in Ridgway; and an additional single-family home in Montrose, all slated for construction in  the next two years.

“We don’t receive government funding” said Burke. “Events, donations and support from shopping at our ReStore and ROOMS by Habitat are essential to our mission.”

The local Habitat affiliate serves Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. When the seven new homes are completed, total new home construction for this organization will balloon to 59 homes since 1991.

“This is absolutely the most important fundraiser we’ve ever held. If you go big one night this summer, do it with us. You’ll have a good time and make a big impact in the community,” said Burke. 

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Dave Segal

Dave Segal

Dave Segal, a Detroit native, has been a journalist since 1977. He has worked as a reporter, commentator, and news director at radio stations in Detroit, Denver, and Montrose.

Dave has been writing and editing for the Monitor since its first print issue in 2003. He is editor and senior writer for the digital magazine. On the side, Dave has also done freelance writing, media relations, and a variety of volunteer work.