September means the return of Boys & Girl Clubs’ Boots & Bolos. Now in its sixth year, the annual fall fundraiser has steadily gained a reputation as an area favorite.

The venerable youth development organization will recognize Don Taylor this year with their Club Hero Award at the event. The award is given to one individual or couple each year who best exemplifies an unwavering commitment to youth and families. Taylor’s impact at the Boys & Girls Club of Buena Vista has been immeasurable, according to Scott Erchul, an emeritus board member and committee chair for Boots & Bolos.

“He cares about kids and youth development the same way he cares about his own kids and family. He has supported and invested in our kids for years because he knows our club is a special place where opportunities for leadership, learning and life-long experience exist every day. Don is a hero to me, our board and all of our staff and kids,” Erchul said.

Karen Dils, also an emeritus board member, echoed Scott’s comments. “I’ve known Don for 30 years. He and Bonnie have been loyal contributors to great causes like the Shriners Hospitals for Children and our Boys & Girls Clubs. We are honored by their support.”

In addition to the Club Hero Award presentation, Boots & Bolos will also ride into the Buena Vista Community Center on Friday Sept. 6 with some equally impressive entertainment. Attendees will get to hear the comedy of Nancy Norton. The former nurse is a nationally recognized comedian known for her fast paced shows that connect to audiences through her universal truths and hilarious material.

The event will also feature tasty treats from Simple Eatery, complimentary libations, door prizes and classic country and western music. A special live auction will also give attendees the chance to support the club’s kids and programs with trips to a gorgeous private Cape Cod, Mass. vacation home, a lo-do Denver 3 night condo stay with theater ticket vouchers, Broncos tickets on the 50 yard line vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, a guided fly fishing trip and a Browns Canyon 2020 rafting trip for up to six people. Western attire is encouraged for those who want to celebrate in their best boots and bolos.

Executive director Brian Beaulieu said the event is a special night to say thank you to the organization’s friends and supporters who support the youth organization’s 800 Club kids and more than 50 programs. “Our sponsors – of which there are more than 60 this year – make it such a special night, especially our title sponsors: S&S Closings and Escrow, Buena Vista Veterinary Clinic, Central Colorado Title & Escrow, TBK Bank, BURM, Diesslin Structures Inc. and High Country Bank. Like all our sponsors, they believe in the potential our kids. It’s going to be a night of laughs – but with a great purpose. ”

Boots & Bolos takes place on Friday, Sept. 6 at the Buena Vista Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at and at the door Friday night for $30. For more information, call 719-539-9500.

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