SPBA Raises $74,115 for Local Non-Profits


The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance (SPBA) Holiday Giving Celebration was created in 2018 to bring together community members, businesses and nonprofits to celebrate the season and to partner our members’ generous giving with the fundraising needs of our nonprofits’ many valued programs. ​The 4th Annual Holiday Giving Celebration was held this year December 6th - 17th for a total 12 days of giving, raising a record setting $74,115 for 27 participating member non-profits. A festive virtual Mixer on December 14th included a Holiday Cheer contest and presentations from participating nonprofit members of their missions, projects, and needs. Past year donors were presented with gift bags to enjoy during the Mixer with contributions from a number of our member businesses. Donations made online during the event through the SPBA website created lots of excitement along with announcements of the growing tally, a number of very special large individual donations and the official Holiday Cheer winner Sandy Dolak!


The SPBA congratulates and thanks everyone who made this event a success. If you mixed with us on Zoom, watched and shared a Facebook video, spread the word to friends and family, thank you - every bit truly helped reach and exceed our ambitious goals! We are so proud to demonstrate that our community is as generous in giving as it is in its charitable work.


  • La Veta Trails, La Veta Public Library and Town of La Veta $14,090 - Collaboration for new multi generational playground at La Veta Town Park

  • Peakview School $10,000 - Early childhood education

  • Gardner Valley School Charter $11,725 - Pre-school programming

  • Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth $4,675 - Programming support and meals

  • Fox Theatre Walsenburg $3,430- Take a Seat Campaign

  • John Mall Lady Panther Basketball Team $2,100 - Uniforms and equipment

  • Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare Association $1,970 - 2022 spay/neuter clinic

  • La Veta Village $1,955 - Capital campaign

  • Panadero Ski Corporation $1,750 - Ski lift restoration

  • Mountain View Sanctuary $1,705 - Animal feed and shelter

  • Walsenburg Mining Museum $1,655 - Preservation of historic photo collection

  • Museum of Friends (MoF) $1,610 - Supporting new 2022 exhibits

  • Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival $1,595 - Free in school programming with visiting Festival musicians

  • Huajatolla Heritage Foundation $1,455 - Funding Elder Honorariums and Pop-up events

  • La Veta Creative District $1,440 - Celebrating the newly designated Creative District and programming including the Zine Project

  • Scenic Highway of Legends $1,400 - Auto Tours and Nature Hikes

  • From Forgotten to Forever Rescue $1,370 - Temporary animal shelter and foster support

  • Columbine 4-H Club $1,310 - Funding scholarships and project supplies

  • La Veta Boosters Club $1,300 - Supporting athletic and extracurricular costs, including the new Redhawks School Mascot - Go Redhawks!

  • Huerfano County 4-H Fair Board $1,285 - Scholarships and barn upgrades, including ADA bathrooms

  • Two Peaks Fitness $1,205 - Youth Sports Leagues scholarships

  • Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) $1,090 - Operations support and memberships

  • Spanish Peaks Cycling Association $830 - Helmets for youth and bike clinic supplies

  • Cuchara Hermosa $700 - Playground maintenance

  • Growing Life Garden Program $680 - Student gardens and STEAM programming

  • Huerfano RE-1 Schools Foundation $635 - Athletic and career programs

  • Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat $575 - Visiting harp teacher for Gardner Valley Schools

  • Holiday Giving Transaction Fees $580 - Helping offset online donation costs



Thank you also to the business members who contributed to gift bags for past donors and the Holiday Cheer prize:

- Homes R Us Colorado, Melissa Miller

- Nakita & Little's Bakehouse

- .38 Special

- Angie's Liquor Express

- Kay's Liquor

- Crafty Canary Brewery

- Zooma Design

- Spanish Peaks Savers

- Fox Theatre Walsenburg

- H's Place

- Iconic Dental

- Spanish Peaks Guesthouse

- Ideal Gardens


Generous donors:

Arica Andreatta, Code of the West Real Estate

Jordan Bonicelli, The Bonicelli Family

Scot Mangold, Code of the West Real Estate

Paul & Jeana Machmuller, Code of the West Real Estate

Olan and Lois Adams

Dr. James Shoff, Iconic Dental

Gretchen and Brian Orr

Sarah Jardis, Code of the West Real Estate

Sylvia Vigil, Code of the West Real Estate

Kate Kramer

Stephanie Thomsen, Bachman and Associates

Joette Schalla, Blue Cedar Realty

Greg & Leesa Garrett, La Veta Pines RV Park

Susanne Williams

Aubrey Lykins, Crafty Canary Brewery

Jamie Dutton

Tammy Noordik

Julia and Andrew Meng

Kelly Delia & Ian Gillespie, Crafted in Colorado

Bonnie Gallagher

Carl Young

Dana Kelley

Amy Davison

Margo Boodakian

Jonathan James

Marilyn Russell

George Birrer

Jessica Andreatta, Andreatta Well Service

Michelle Shrout, Code of the West

Sandra Dolak

Lola Spradley

Paul W Jardis

Jim Vidamour, Fay Ranches

Michele George Appel, CUP

LesLee Miller

Melissa Miller, Homes R Us Colorado

Mary Anne Nelson

Bonita Sellstrom

Marge Thomsen

Karen and Ken Martinez

John Hopkin

Heather Curtis, H's Place Gallery

Will Pirkey

Aman