Velvet Riff will perform at charity fundraiser

Dinner, dancing, a silent auction and the music of Velvet Riff are all part of the Elks Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Salida Elks Lodge, 148 E. Second St., Salida.

Winterfest is a charity fundraiser and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar happy hour followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. with glazed pork loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert. Dancing and live music by the Velvet Riff will start at 8 p.m. and continue through midnight. Tickets for the entire evening cost $25 per couple. Tickets for only the dance are $15 per person and will be available at the door after 8 p.m.

Velvet Riff is a fun and funky combination of local bands The Riff and Wanderlust Road, formerly Velvet Soul. The husband and wife duo of Wanderlust Road, Greg Walter on rhythm guitar and vocals and Terri Dunn on vocals and percussion, enjoy grooving with The Riff’s Michael Haines, drums; Mike Smith, lead guitar and vocals; and Kent Davidson, bass and vocals.

“We play a broad swath of music, from classic-but-not-often-heard-on-the-radio rock, to the Talking Heads, Motown, funk, soul and even a little bit of country,” Walter said. “Michael and Kent are phenomenal at their individual sounds, and they play off each other well. Together they lay down a heavy rhythm that’s hard not to dance to.”

During Winterfest, guests can take part in a silent auction for merchandise and gift certificates donated by local businesses, including The Mixing Bowl, F Street Five and Dime, Shallots, Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop, Salida Cutlery and Smoke Shop, Krivanek Jewelers, The Fringe, Four Winds Gallery, The Maverick Potter, Beadsong and others. Also, two Cripple Creek hotels have donated vouchers for stays at their establishments.

There will also be a 50-50 raffle in which the lucky winner will get to keep half the raffle money while the other half will be donated to the Elks’ charities. In another raffle, participants will vie for a gift basket filled with a hundred dollars’ worth of items donated by Elks members.

Organizer David Vigil said Winterfest is one of two large fundraisers that Salida Elks Lodge 808 hosts annually to raise money for charities they support, including the local Christmas basket program and bicycle donation program for low-income families. The Elks also contribute to the Boy Scouts, the Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake in Monte Vista and community efforts such as restoration of the Chaffee County World War II Honor Roll on Salida’s F Street Five and Dime building.

Vigil said he’s hoping for a good turnout. “It’ll be a fun evening. And the more money we can raise, the more we can give to our charities.” Attire is casual, and the public is welcome. Individuals are as welcome to attend as are couples.

For tickets, call Vigil at 719-221-5160 or the Elks Lodge at 719-539-6976. Table reservations are available and people can stop by after 4 p.m. to purchase tickets at the lodge (call first so they’ll answer the door).