Grand County Rural Health Network hosts their 7th annual Bulls, Boots and BBQ fundraiser this Thursday at the B Lazy 2 Ranch & Events Center in Fraser. This event, an old-fashioned “barn-raiser” to benefit our modern-day healthcare pioneers, will include a delectable BBQ dinner, live and silent auctions, mechanical bull-rides and old west photos.  

Historically, a barn-raiser is a collective action in which a neighbor’s barn is built or rebuilt by members of their community. Grand County Rural Health Network hopes you will consider being a part of their “barn-raiser” to collectively help build up our community, and ensure that everyone has what they need to thrive and be healthy in our rural mountain towns.

Katie Hornbaker, CRNA

The event gets started at 5:30 pm with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Dinner follows at 6:30 and the awards for Excellence in Healthcare Service will be presented during this time. This year’s winners are Katie Hornbaker, CRNA and Sue Johnson, LSW. They join a growing list of modern day healthcare pioneers who have been recognized as past award winners: Heather Bentler, RN and John Nichols, MD in 2018; Wade Walker, RPh in 2017; Val Lind, RN in 2016; Hannah Foley, NP and Ray Jennings in 2015; Mary Jo Hargadine, RN in 2014; and Therese McElroy, RN in 2013.

Sue Johnson, LSW

A live auction and ‘raise the paddle’ fundraiser takes place after dinner. While keeping an eye on silent auction items until the bidding closes, guests will also have fun riding the Mechanical Bull, sitting for Old West photos and socializing as the evening goes on.

Since the first Bulls, Boots and BBQ in 2013, the event has grown steadily every year. This year, they are hoping to exceed $30,000 in proceeds from the event. All money raised is used to support Grand County Rural Health Network’s mission to work in partnership to advocate for and support the health of our community.

Tickets to the event are still available and can be purchased at