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Get Your Kicks On Spur 66! EPMC Foundation Gala Plans Underway


The History Behind Get Your Kicks on Spur 66! This Year’s Theme for Estes Park Medical Center Foundation’s Gala

On Saturday, March 12, about 350 people will “get their kicks on Spur 66” at the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation’s annual Gala, a lively, entertaining event benefitting the Estes Park Medical Center. The evening will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a live auction with several unusual items on the block.

Just as Route 66 holds a special place in the heart of our country, so Spur 66 has a long-standing history in Estes Park, including leading a quarter-million visitors to the YMCA of the Rockies each year. This is why the Gala committee selected “Get Your Kicks on Spur 66” as the 2011 Gala theme, and the Y of the Rockies for this year’s venue. The new Assembly Hall at the Y is a gorgeous, grand ballroom with state of the art amenities. The evening’s banquet will be prepared by gourmet chef and food service manager for the Y, Michael Kingston, whose resume includes doing work for the Rio and the Palms in Las Vegas. The live auction will include mostly “experiential items” such as an all-inclusive night in the wilderness for six with nurse anesthetist Jason Goodwin’s llamas carrying the load, a gourmet dinner served by Dr. Woodard and Dr. Florence, live music performed by EPMC staff and families, Jim Pickering telling stories around the campfire, and breakfast brought in by EPMC Foundation board members the next morning.

Route 66 celebrates its 85th birthday in 2011. In the classic, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck called U. S. Highway 66 the “Mother Road.” Because of the development resulting from the new highway—motels, gas stations, garages, tourist landmarks, diners and other roadside businesses—Route 66 symbolized the “road to opportunity.” A popular song with lyrics that encouraged travelers to “get your kicks on Route 66” was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946, and a television series, “Route 66” aired in America’s living room on Friday nights in the 1960s.

Tickets to the “Get Your Kicks on Spur 66” Gala are $50 each and can be purchased by calling the EPMC Foundation office, 577-4370.

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