Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation annual banquet slated for Aug. 6 in Summit County |

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation annual banquet slated for Aug. 6 in Summit County

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News

Folks attending the upcoming Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation annual banquet can say they’re helping with elk conservation.

“Not only does Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation support elk and its habitat, but all the other animals out there,” Summit County Chapter president Anton Rainold said. “Everybody attending can help preserve the wildlife Colorado has to offer.”

This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for social hour, during which there will be drawings, raffles, games, drinks and the live and silent auctions. Dress is dress casual for the dinner that starts at 6 p.m. and is catered by Frisco’s Tuscato Ristorante Italiano.

Local chapter events raise most of the funding for the Elk Foundation’s conservation work, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation member and Division of Parks and Wildlife district manager Shannon Schwab said.

In 2010, the Elk Foundation approved 18 new Colorado conservation projects designed to make a difference in conserving and enhancing habitat for the state’s elk and other wildlife. The is year’s grants will benefit Archuleta, Chaffee, Delta, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Las Animas, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Park, Rio Blanco, Routt and San Miguel counties. The Elk Foundation and its partners have completed more than 500 conservation projects in Colorado with a value of $115 million to date.

Both money and volunteer time have been donated in Grand and Summit County to help preserve wildlife habitat. Locally, the Elk Foundation has contributed money to purchase valuable wildlife habitat to protect the property for elk and other wildlife. Elk Foundation members have volunteered their time on public lands to remove old fencing that can kill and injure wildlife. Money has also been granted by the Elk Foundation to work on noxious weed issues within Middle Park.

The Summit County Elk Foundation banquet allows attendees to contribute to protecting wildlife habitat locally and nationally, Schwab said.

Contact Sean Shepherd at (970) 485-2296 or for questions or reservations.

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