“We are so thankful to all of the artists, musicians, party-goers, donors, clients, sponsors, and volunteers for making Rave to the Grave a huge success raising over $22,000! The money raised for LEAF will directly benefit our friends and neighbors in need,” says Tanya Daty, a LEAF board member.
Rave to the Grave is a benefit for LEAF, whose mission is to offer a human services safety net to those in need in the Greater Lyons area. This year, partygoers had an opportunity to experience a visual tour of LEAF created by Peggy Dyer before entering the Wildflower Pavilion. Powerful photos lined the walls with clients, staff, and volunteers of LEAF sharing messages such as “Thank you LEAF, for feeding us”, “Everyone struggles sometimes”, and “I am a part of a community that cares”.
The music by Arthur Lee Land and gogoLab with special guests Jesse Garland, Brian Schey, and Elephant Revival's Daniel Rodriguez and Bonnie Paine was truly out of this world! Along with a video DJ show by Needmore productions, wild costumes, lots of dancing, great food and drink, and fun booths, this party was epic. Congratulations to Bob and Janet Wood for winning the costume contest as the twins from The Shining.
Local artist Kahlie Sue Pinello took the lead on artistic vision and decorations along with her team of Wendy Miller and Jacob Leeuwenburgh and wow did they deliver! From blood lining the walls, to creepy themed booths, this team blew it out of the water!
Planet Bluegrass donated the venue, staff time, and proceeds from alcohol sales directly to LEAF. This event would not have been possible without their generosity. Thank you to Craig Ferguson and all of the planet staffers that helped! Rave to the Grave sponsors covered all of the hard costs of the event, allowing every dollar raised that night to go directly to LEAF’s programs. Thank you to band sponsor Oskar Blues, premier sponsors Headquarters Cannabis Company, S2O Design, Wink Optical and Bud Depot, contributing sponsors Independent Power Systems, Laura Levy Colorado Real Estate, Smokin’ Daves, Lyons Sandstone, and LeGault Construction, and the thirteen additional supporting and in-kind sponsors! And finally, thanks to Ax & Oar for providing delicious food!
LEAF serves over 100 people every week with programs including the Lyons Community Food Pantry, Individual and Family Advocacy, Flood Recovery, and Lyons Meals on Wheels. The fundraiser raised about 20% of their annual operating budget.