AADA hosts two annual fundraisers; the Monarch Crest Crank and the Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy. Both of these are fantastic fun events that really bring the community together for a day or night of fun.
The Monarch Crest Crank is the historic fundraiser for the Chaffee County Alliance Against Domestic Abuse (AADA) and is better than ever. AADA offers advanced mountain bikers the chance to ride the famed Monarch Crest Trail, as it has since 1998. This is one of the best high altitude singletrack rides in Colorado and has been called “One of the 10 Best Trails in the USA” by magazines like Bike.
Entry remains $75, plus pledges, for the Monarch Crest Trail ride. On top of this bargain price, we highly encourage you to raise at least the same amount in personal pledges and sponsorships.
Your entry fee for the adult rides includes the ride, guide, shuttle, of course, our legendary party in Riverside Park after the ride. The top fundraiser bringing in more than $500 of pledges wins a stylish new cruiser bike. Our winner last year raised nearly $2,000 so the bar is high!
Come join us in the fun and help raise funds to support the important work of AADA. This year our ride is on September 15 and a core event in Salida’s fun Bike Fest!
Please visit www.MonarchCrestCrank.com for more information.
The Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy
A Night of True Decadence!
The Alliance Against Domestic Abuse is excited to announce the 31st ANNUAL CHOCOLATE LOVER’S FANTASY on Saturday, February 6th from 5:30-8:00pm at High Country Bank in Buena Vista. Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy is AADA’s longest standing fundraiser. There will something for everyone! Appetizers, wine and beer, live music provided by Keeper Koepplinger and Red Tischer, and lots of CHOCOLATE! Community members have described Chocolate Lover’s as “the best event held in Buena Vista”.
Between bites of delicous appetizers and chocolate, attendees can join the spirited silent auction that will include many unique and valuable items donated by local businesses. This year there will be a LIVE auction and includes: Women’s Nirve Starliner Cruiser Bike, and Vacation trip for two to Cabo San Lucas! Some of the hot items in the silent auction are: Monarch Mountain Lift tickets, a summer family pass to the Hooper Pool, and a beautiful painting from Four Wind Gallery valued at $300.
Table Sponsors join the spirit of the evening to let their imagination and creativity run wild by providing chocolate and appetizers on their own chocolate-themed decorated table. Throughout the evening, attendees and local celebrity judges vote for their favorite table based on originality, presentation, creativity, and taste. From those votes, Table Sponsors may win one of two awards: Best Table voted on by the judges; and People’s Choice in which the attendees decide which their favorite table is. The Best Table winner receives an award recognizing their business for their excellent food in addition to their community support of AADA.
Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy is a perfect pre-Valentine’s Day date, a fun-filled Girls’ Night Out, or just a great reason to get out. Please join us and help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 to provide essential support and services to victims of domestic violence and their children.
Tickets are $20 and are available for advance purchase at the Salida and Buena Vista Chambers of Commerce and at High Country Bank in Buena Vista. Call 719-539-7347 for information.