Raising funds to help our community (and others!)

Altrusa of Montrose is pleased to host our annual Holiday Festival & Gifts fundraising event again this year. We've just finished setting up the numerous decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets, gift certificates, and several special items for the silent auction. The public is invited to view and bid on the items all this coming week (Monday, 11/17 through Friday, 11/21) in the lobby of Wells Fargo in downtown Montrose.

On Friday evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. we'll hold a festive party with catered appetizers and desserts, wine, beer, and other beverages. Bidding on the auction items will close at 8:15 p.m. Tickets to the festival party are on sale for $20 at Fabula (downtown) and will also be available at the door the night of the event.

New this year:
Be sure to check out the gorgeous Altrusa Literacy Tree just inside the front entrance to the bank. The tree is decorated with children's books and delightful ornaments, including notes from people remembering their favorite books from their own childhood. This tree is not for sale. Instead, it will be donated to the Children's section of our own Montrose Library to promote next summer's reading program. Young participants will have the opportunity to earn rewards of books directly from the tree.

We hope you'll support Altrusa's many literacy projects with a donation to our Literacy Committee. Learn more about this key committee is up to this year, and help us continue to enhance literacy in our community. A donation box has been placed by the Altrusa Literacy Tree for this purpose.

See you on November 21st!

Teddy Bear Picnic (Make a Difference Day Literacy event)

Literacy Committee Chair Jana Ackerman tells students, toddlers,
and staff about the "Corduroy" Bear books for children

Each year, Altrusa of Montrose chooses a special project for the nationally-recognized Make a Difference Day. On October 29, 2014, Altrusa hosted a Teddy Bear Picnic at Passage Charter School, an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens with an on-site daycare center.

The event began with storytelling by retired teacher and librarian Jana Ackerman, who also serves as Chair for Altrusa's Literacy Committee. In keeping with the Teddy Bear theme, Jana read from several board book versions of the Corduroy bear book series.

Following storytime, Altrusa members served a picnic lunch to the students, children, and staff (catered by Straw Hat Farms).

Finally, each young parent or parent-to-be was given a box set of the Corduroy board books to take home and add to their home library of children's books.

By encouraging young parents to read to their babies and toddlers, Altrusa hopes to enhance the future language skills of these children. Researchers have found that reading bedtime stories to babies and talking to them from birth boosts their brain power and sets them up for success at school.

2014 Holiday Festival & Gifts set for 11/21

Altrusa of Montrose CO presents our 12th Annual Holiday Festival & Gifts. We hope you'll join us for this popular fundraiser featuring delicious catered appetizers, wine, beer & punch, and a delightful assortment of gift baskets, centerpieces, wreaths, and holiday trees in our huge silent auction.

Tickets are $20 per person, and are available from any Altrusa member, or at Fabula. Call Allison at 765-7666 for more information. 

Monies raised will go toward our many projects related to literacy, the environment, health, scholarships, and more. Browse through this site to learn more about our community service.