Buckaroo Ball nets $18k for foundation

Carol and George Woerndle cut a rug. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

Last week’s Buckaroo Ball, the main fundraising event for the Red River Valley Foundation netted about $18,000, according to committee chair Linda Calhoun.

The annual Western-themed dinner and dance with silent and live auctions helps the foundation support local organizations with “projects that enhance the quality of life in the Red River Valley.”

This year’s ball Friday (Aug. 4) saw musician Jimmy Stadler, with Fritz Davis, playing to a packed house, thanks to the efforts of Calhoun, Linda Ralston, Dianne Hughes, Leah Boren, Gil and Judy Burch, Blanche Hudson and Jenna Grubbs, with conference center staffers Katy Rhodes, Jessica Cisneros and Benny Sanchez, Steve and Kelly Cherry of Shotgun Willies, along with their staff, multiple volunteers and silent ad live auction donations.

Foundation President Douglas Newton announced close to $20,000 in grant awards at the ball.

Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun, who chaired the Buckaroo Ball organizing committee, welcomes the crowd and thanks everyone who contributed to the annual Buckaroo Ball. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Red River Valley Foundation President Doug Newton with wife Vivian (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Auctioneer and Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Red River Marshall David Smith with deputies Tim Boren (left) and Tracy Ferguson (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

Steve Cherry, owner of Shotgun Willies in Red River catered the barbecue dinner with help from wife Kelly and his dedicated staff. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Mothers of the Year: 2017 National Mother of the Year and New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Rebecca Latham (center) with 2016 New Mexico State Mother of the Year and Buckaroo Ball committee member Dianne Hughes and 204 New Mexico State Mother of the Year and New Mexico Ski Hall of Famer Judy Miller. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Checking out silent acution items. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
This humble chair from Red River Ski & Summer Area’s former “Red Chairlift” was donated to the live auction by a local and sold for $2,700! (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Another live auction find: an iron art wall hanging donated by Greystone Furniture. This humble chair from Red River Ski & Summer Area’s former “Red Chairlift” was donated to the live auction by a local and sold for $2,700! (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Guests bid on desserts for their table in a separate silent auction. This humble chair from Red River Ski & Summer Area’s former “Red Chairlift” was donated to the live auction by a local and sold for $2,700! (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
One of the event’s unique centerpiece designs. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Popular musicians Fritz Davis (left) and Jimmy Stadler get the dance going. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

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(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)