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Groups plan Elbert’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser


Chancey Gatlin Anderson
Colorado Community Media

Instead of watching the teams parade around pigskins on Super Bowl Sunday, some residents of Elbert County choose to attend a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance in Elbert Township on February 12th.

The event will be held in the Russell Gates Mercantile Company Building, the unofficial community center for the City of Elbert. Three important Elbert City performance organizations will host the Valentine’s Day dinner and dance: the Elbert Fire Protection District, the Elbert Town Committee, and the Elbert Woman’s Club.

“All three organizations seek to bring our community together with these events,” said Lacey Catterton, chair of the Elbert Town Committee, in an interview Jan. 16. “We want to provide events for citizens where they can take their families for holidays or just for fun and not have to drive for miles to do things.”

The event will include a two-hour Italian dinner, with spaghetti and garlic bread, salad, and dessert. Food will be provided by volunteers from the three host organizations. Dinner will last from 5-7 pm. Dance right after dinner from 7-8pm

Suggested donations for this event are $10 per adult and $5 per child. All proceeds from the event will go towards the upkeep of the Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building.

“All of the organizations decided to donate the proceeds to the Elbert Woman’s Club,” Catterton said. “Because the store’s restoration and maintenance is done by the Woman’s Club, we decided that the money from the dinner would go to the place where you host most of the community events.”


The Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building will also be decorated. Floor to ceiling Valentine’s Day decor for this event. A wide range of music will be played, and attendees can also place music requests throughout the evening.

The last recorded Elbert town dinner and dance was held on Valentine’s Day in 1899. Per an article from the Elbert County Tribune, the “Grand Social Ball” was held on Tuesday, February 14, 1899. Tickets at HH Beckman’s and E Barkley’s Barber Shop in Elbert sold for $1.50 dollar. This second Valentine’s Day event is set to take place just 124 years later.

The Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building is located at 24223 Eccles Street in Elbert.

For more information about the event, visit the Elbert, CO Facebook page at or the Elbert Town Committee website at

The town of Elbert now has a new Instagram profile. There you can keep up with city news and upcoming events such as the Valentine’s Day dinner and dance. You can also see photos from around town and from points in Elbert’s history. To follow @elbert_co.