The Surface Creek community opened its generous heart for a fund raiser last month that will benefit "wounded warriors" and other handicapped individuals.
RJ's Steakhouse was the scene for the event that drew local bands, businesses, friends and neighbors together on Aug. 18 for the fund raiser that succeeded far beyond its goal.
The event raised over $3,800 for the purchase of a handicapped "port-a-potty" that will be installed permanently at the Therapeutic Riding Center located east of Montrose. Money raised over and above the need was donated to the Center's ongoing program support. The Center hosts events for "wounded warriors," and also serves individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
Photo by Hank Lohmeyer
Local businesses led the way and the community joined right in when the need arose for a handicapped-accessible “port-a-potty” to serve therapeutic program needs of “wounded warriors” and others. The plans for a giant fund raiser at Cedaredge were started by Rich Dorning of RJ’s Steakhouse and Rachel Leonard of Double J Disposal. The fundraiser was held at RJ’s last month. Last week the new facility arrived for a brief showing at RJ’s before moving on for permanent installation at the Montrose Therapeutic Riding Center. In the photo above are, from left, Joe, Judy and Rachel Leonard of Double J Disposal, and Linda and Rich Dorning of RJ’s Steakhouse.There was a lot of excitement last week on Sept. 20 when the handicapped unit was brought to RJ's on Highway 65 for a showing before it was taken on to Montrose County for installation.
The idea for a fund raiser to meet the need originated from a conversation between Rich Dorning, co-owner of RJ's, and Rachel Leonard of Double J Disposal in Austin.