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The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado has granted $10,320 to the participating nonprofits of the 2022 Community Concerts in the Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden. The following organizations received $1,720 each:  4 CORE, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, La Plata Open Space Conservancy, Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountains Association, and Southwest Conservation Corps. The concerts were held in the Secret Garden on Wednesday evenings, July 13 – August 17. The $10 cover charges were pooled and shared for the benefit of all six organizations.

Since, 2015 the Community Concerts have provided the La Plata County nonprofit community with $144,410 in grants. The model for the events is to promote Durango’s local music scene by pairing a different nonprofit with live music each week. Sponsors pay for event expenses, including the bands’ stipends.

“The opportunity for these six environmental nonprofits to work together in this way has created stronger ties between them and the community,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “This sense of unity has led to a more successful and enriching process, raising funds that benefit all, and fostering additional collaborative work with area youth.”

The Community Foundation’s Community Concerts are sponsored by the Rochester Hotel, Four Corners Community Bank and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

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