If you regularly drive Hwy 285 through the San Luis Valley, you may have noticed some recent activity off the highway just east of Saguache. First, the stakes went up. Then the plot of land was cleared, and now a sign has been erected. But what does it say? Well, here’s some good-news-you-can-use from Saguache Today.
Welcome Valley to Valley Saguache Senior Care Campus! Well, the future home of this new business, that is. And while this piece of property donated by long-time Saguache artist and community-volunteer Byron Williams may look barren now, the seeds planted by his generous gift will grow a harvest for valley seniors and their families for years to come. And next Tuesday, March 5 you can help the dream become a reality by attending a local fundraiser to help nurture and grow this special facility.
A “Fat Tuesday” Mardi Gras Fundraiser for the senior care facility is being held at Joyful Journey Hot Springs, in partnership with the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. The evening will include a buffet, live music, dancing, prizes, and fun!
The event hopes to raise $10,000 towards the construction of the new senior care facility, according to Chamber President Barry Van Sant. More details on the fundraiser can be found below, but first some background about the project and how you can help.
Many in the San Luis Valley know Byron Williams as the talented artist who displayed his beautifully painted gourds all throughout the region, including his Smith Market Gallery in Saguache, which he sold last year. Unfortunately, in 2018 Williams relocated out of the valley to be closer to his family, after experiencing a shift in his own situation. But before he left, he donated 10 acres of land to create a place where aging family members could still live close to home while receiving quality care. And where veterans would be welcome to affordable, day-to-day assistance in a safe, healthy live-in environment.
In fact, it was Eve Braden, CEO of Valley to Valley who helped Williams take his vision to the next step by demonstrating what she and her husband Jerry had already successfully created and maintained in nearby Salida. Braden tells the rest of the story, in this Saguache Today video taken at last year’s Hollyhock Festival which included a farewell tribute to Williams.
With the land secured and cleared – thanks to an assist from local public works crews – the next step is building the facility. Chamber President Barry Van Sant noted that they will initiate construction bids on the project sometime in the near future. Of course, raising that initial $10,000 is a big part of Phase One, so please consider attending the Mardi Gras Celebration or making a direct donation.
The event is only $10 for a festive Mardi Gras Celebration. Also, please note that the Eagle Shuttle will provide rides to the event at Joyful Journey, picking folks up at the Saguache Hotel beginning at 5 p.m. and running continually all night
- 5:30 p.m. – Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. – Presentation by Eve Braden, Valley to Valley Care
- 7 p.m. – Music and Dancing – Saguache’s River’s Edge Band
- 9 p.m. – The Party’s Over
The chamber is also looking for additional event sponsors to contribute to food and entertainment. Sponsors will be recognized on all promotional materials. In addition, a banner with your printed logo will be displayed at the event. If you would like to help sponsor this event with your tax-deductible contribution of $200 or more, please contact the Saguache Chamber at 719-322-7298.