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Benefit for Black Forest fire victims

News release - Published: July 19, 2013 0

Benefit for Black Forest brings music, assistance to fire victims

Black Rose Acoustic Society, Tri-Lakes Cares, Wonderland Ranch team up for festival

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - The Black Rose Acoustic Society, in partnership with Tri-Lakes Cares and Wonderland Ranch, will host a daylong music festival on Saturday, Aug. 24 to benefit Black Forest residents affected by the recent Black Forest fire.

The event, featuring 11 bands on two stages as well as food, beverages, and outdoor activities for all ages, will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Wonderland Ranch, 8798 Hodgen Road, on the northwest corner of Vollmer and Hodgen Roads in Black Forest.

"One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to Black Forest residents impacted by the fire," said Black Rose President Jeff Smith. "Black Rose has been hosting concerts in the Black Forest since 1994. Our board of directors wants to do something to support the community that has supported us all these years."

Smith said the fundraiser will have a festive, outdoor picnic atmosphere. "There will be 11 bands alternating on two stages, children's activities, a petting zoo, food and beverages, volleyball, horseshoes, bluegrass music, folk music, country music, Americana, and lots of family fun. Bring your lawn chair and spend the afternoon."

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $20 in advance, or $25 the day of the event. Children younger than 12, firefighters, and Black Forest residents who lost their homes will be admitted free. Tickets are available on the Black Rose Acoustic Society website at www.blackroseacoustic.org. Parking is free. Smith encourages people to purchase advance tickets to streamline the entry process at the gate.

"This is an event for the Black Forest, in the Black Forest," said Chad McKellar of Wonderland Ranch. "All of the money collected goes right back to the community."

Ponds on Wonderland Ranch played a key role in the firefighting effort. Helicopters scooped up over 250,000 gallons of water from them to drop on the flames.

"We will be eternally grateful to the firefighters and first responders on the ground and in the air for keeping us safe and protected, and our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors who have suffered losses in the fire," said McKellar.

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