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Benefit For Greg Martin Memorial Fund

Friends of local storyteller Greg Martin will be performing a Night of Stories and Songs this coming Saturday night in Ruesch Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center, to help benefit the Greg Martin Memorial Fund. Martin, who passed away unexpectedly back in March, was a local building contractor who was loved by many for his quick wit, colorful stories and friendly antics.

Among his many talents, Martin was known far and wide for his uncanny ability to mesmerize audiences, both young and old by spinning light-hearted tall tales about everyday occurrences, and even some occurrences that weren’t so everyday. Greg was a staple performer at the YMCA of the Rockies for years, telling stories to the families that visited there during the summer months, then sticking around to help the children build their “s’mores” over the campfire afterward.

It was the spirit of Martin’s love for storytelling, along with his compassion for helping those in need whenever he could that helped spawn what organizers hope to be the “First “Annual” Night of Stories and Songs. While there will be no cover charge, donations will be accepted at the event and any money collected will go straight into the Greg Martin Memorial Fund to help cover any expenses the family incurred in the wake of his passing. Future events will help benefit local families, children or individuals in need.

Martin’s friends and fellow storytellers Bob Clark, from Glen Haven, Greg Carner and Mark Rashid both of Estes Park, have banded together to put on this year’s benefit. Clark and Rashid shared the stage with Martin on many occasions and will be the primary performers this year in tribute to their friend.

Some of Martin’s favorite songs and stories will be performed by the duo throughout the night. Some will be funny, some irreverent, some thought provoking but all will be good-natured entertainment for the entire family. “Telling stories and singing songs dates back as far as the caveman,” Rashid said recently. “Some of the stories we’ll be telling Saturday night might go back that far.”

The benefit starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night, June 7th, in Ruesch Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies. It will go until the performers run out of wind or reach their bedtime, whichever comes first. Come on out and spend a great night in honor of one of Estes Park’s own, truly good guys.

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