Bolos and Boots Gives Foundation a Boost

Written by Jefferson Geiger

This past Friday night, the San Luis Valley Health community came together for the annual Bolos and Boots fundraising event. Dressed up in their best Western attire at The Grille at Cattails Golf Course, 140 people dined and donated to the organization’s foundation.

A silent auction was held and attendees could bid on some fabulous paintings and other pieces of art contributed by artists of the San Luis Valley. All of the proceeds benefited the foundation.

“The funds raised are going to support the new Cancer Services Center at the Regional Medical Center,” said Foundation Director Kelly Gurule.

A little fun was had during the live auction, as the infamous “Traveling Bolo” fetched $900.00, the most out of any item that evening and higher than last year’s bid. The winner of the bolo keeps it until next year and adds an object to the tie to build upon its tackiness.

After the auctions, the prestigious Adamson award was given to Adam State University’s Athletic Department for their help in the annual Stephanie L. Miner walk/run, as well as "Think Pink" nights and other fundraising events that several of the department's teams put on throughout the year.  Miner’s mother, Mary Motz, expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the athletic teams that have volunteered their services in helping ensure the annual event runs smoothly. 

"My Stephie would be so proud to know there are such efforts made to help save the lives of others," said Motz.  "It is also truly rewarding to see young people at Adams State College give back to their community in this way."

“San Luis Valley Health has done so much for us, so we are glad to be able to give back in this way,” said Larry Mortensen, Director of Athletics at Adams State.  “I am proud of the coaches and players for their efforts.  Anything associated with SLV Health and the Motz family is a worthwhile cause, and we are thankful to receive the Adamson Award.”

The award was named after the Adamson family who donated funds to start San Luis Valley Health. The foundation board honors the Adamson’s by presenting this award to those who carry on the mission of the organization.

Previous winners include Rosalie and Leroy Martinez, Robert Hagedorn, the Magnolia Society and Don and Gloria Wuckert for their donations and continued support for SLV Health.

If you want to be a part of this gala, mark your calendars for July 17, 2015 and don’t forget to wear bolos and boots!

Pictured: Mary Motz presents Adams State Athletic Director Larry Mortensen and several ASU coaches with the Adamson Award last Friday night