Latest News – May 1

Run for The Roses to Benefit Advocates

The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 3 and if you don’t already have plans for this “Run for The Roses,” there’s still time (TODAY!!) to pick up some tickets for a local “fun”raiser.Kentucky Derby Ad - Leadville Today

The Advocates of Lake County is hosting the event this Saturday at Ski Cooper in the Main Lodge. The time is from  2 – 6 p.m.

Tickets are $40/Individual $75/Couple. Here’s what’s included in the fun:

  • $10 Derby Dollars – To get you started placing bets.
  • 1 Drink Ticket – Enjoy a Mint Julep or other Derby favorite on us.
  • Afternoon Buffet – Catered by High Altitude Cooking.
  • Auction Items – Save your derby dollars to bid on fun auction items.
  • Derby Games – Participate in fun derby games and win more derby dollars.
  • Tie Contest – Wear your favorite necktie, bow tie or bolo tie and enter for a chance to win more derby dollars.
  • Hat Contest – Wear your own fancy hat or buy a hat from the Delaware Mercantile and 10% of proceeds goes to the Advocates from now until the event. Both decorated and undecorated hats will be available for purchase. Both men and women can enter the hat and/or tie contest.
  • Derby dollars will be awarded for WIN, PLACE and SHOW.

To purchase tickets, please stop by the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center at 809 Harrison Ave. or call Jillian at 719-486-3530.Advocates_Alder_LeadvilleToday

Established in 1983, the Advocates of Lake County’s mission is to assist victims of domestic violence and their families through prevention, education and, The Alder House, a place where victims can call home during their transition to a new, secure life. If you’re interested in volunteering or contributing in some way, contact Gretchen at 719-486-3530. Those interested in donating can do so by mailing a check to Advocates of Lake County, P.O. Box 325, Leadville, CO.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, please contact the Advocates at (719) 486-3530.Kentucky roses


Fun Facts About the Kentucky Derby

To get you in the mood to pull out your big hat and mint julep appetite, here are some fun facts about the Kentucky Derby.

  • The fastest Kentucky Derby was run by Secretariat in 1973 (1:59 2/5).
  • The slowest Derby was run by Kingman in 1891 (2:52 1/4 for the mile and a half).
  • There have been only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby: Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980 and Winning Colors in 1988.
  • Eleven Derby winners went on to win the Preakness Stakes in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes in New York, capturing the Triple Crown.
  • The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
  • The largest crowd to ever assemble on Derby Day was in 2012, when 165,307 jammed Churchill Downs to watch the 137th running.


 Cash Mob to Be Held at RE+  in Downtown Leadville

There’s still time for one more Cash Mob before the summer rush hits Harrison Avenue!    This event will be held this Saturday, May 3 from 2-5 p.m. at RE+ (plus), located at 719 Harrison Avenue.   Jill Smith, owner of RE+(plus) opened in November, 2012. RE_CashMob copy


This retail store is unique to Leadville emphasizing the art of RE-purposing and Sustainability along with showcasing local talent.  One of a kind, hand-made clothes and accessories from RE-purposed materials, artistic jewelry, gift cards, home decor, hand-crafted pottery, bath and body products, painted glassware and award-winning food items are just a few of the eclectic items found at RE+(plus).  The store also provides dry cleaning drop off, furniture, upholstery and interior design services for Leadville.

There are three rules for a Cash Mob:

  1. Spend $20 (suggested – you can spend more if you want),
  2. Meet three people you didn’t know before, and
  3. HAVE FUN!!! 

So join the fun for a good time in strengthening the community.  Remember, “Cash Mob” isn’t a political or social organization, a corporation, a movement, or meant to be an answer to economic crisis. By and large, those who organize Cash Mobs are simply people trying to make a positive impact on the businesses in their communities (and have fun while doing it). 

Why shop locally? A locally owned independent business returns approximately 45% of each dollar spent back to the community. Local, independent businesses assist the community through a “multiplier effect”: one dollar spent at a locally owned business will return five times that amount within the community through city taxes, employees’ wages, and purchase of materials and supplies at other independent businesses. In addition, these businesses will turn that dollar back into the community through school funding, social services, and contributions to local non-profit organizations. 

For more information about Cash Mob, contact Kathleen Fitzsimmons at

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