Rare Car Featured at Red Baron Ball
Family Health West’s 21st Annual Red Baron Ball, their biggest fundraiser is quickly approaching. Guests to the event scheduled April 17th at the Double Tree Hotel in Grand Junction, will enjoy a silent and live auction, a gourmet dinner and live music from Bobby Walker and the Review. “This year is sure to delight attendees for two reasons,” says Angelina Salazar, Director of Marketing, Contributions and Community Relations, “First of all, we are celebrating the construction of the new hospital in Fruita and secondly, we’re proud to feature a 1954 Kaiser Darrin sponsored by Allen Unique Autos.”
The Kaiser Darrin is a unique piece of automotive history and will be available for guests to view and have their photo taken with, “The 1954 Kaiser Darrin is #26 of 435 made in 1954, the only year of production on these beautiful convertibles. The Kaiser Darrin is considered one of the first American sports cars, with its prototype predating not only the Thunderbird but also the Corvette sports car prototype by one month. It was designed by Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin, the legendary coachbuilder, under the Kaiser- Frasier automotive company. The car is known for being the first production fiber glass sports car in the USA, as well as for its famous pocket sliding doors,” explains owner Tammy Allen. The Kaiser Darrin is one of Tammy’s favorite cars and has a special place in her collection.
Tammy’s passion for cars and her extensive collection sparked a new business here on the Western Slope. Allen Unique Autos is a limousine company, owned by Tammy Allen that specializes in rare and extravagant autos and limousines for hire. It also features an executive division, Allen Corporate Transportation that provides business transport solutions. Tammy cites the original idea behind the business as wanting to share her collection with others. Tammy states, “I love being able to share my cars and see people get as much enjoyment out of them as I do.”
The Western Slope of Colorado has a strong sense of community and is full of generous people that are always willing to help their neighbors; which is the main reason Tammy chose to raise her children here. That sense of community was another major factor that led to her decision to open a business here, and to be active in projects like the Red Baron Ball.
This year’s theme is Mission Possible, in celebration of the opening of the new hospital in Fruita. The décor will reflect a James Bond theme with all proceeds benefitting Family Health West.
“This is usually a sold-out event, so we encourage people to get their tickets now,” said Salazar, “Family Health West has consistently met the health care needs of the communities it serves since 1946 and wouldn’t be here without support from those communities.” Family Health West opened the new hospital in Fruita in July 2009 in addition to its Urgent Care Clinic, Imaging Center, Rehabilitation Therapy Center, assisted living residences and extended long-term care specializing in Alzheimer’s.
Family Health West is a nonprofit that relies on charitable contributions for capital and program support. The Red Baron Ball, the organization’s biggest fundraiser, was first held in the West Star Aviation hangar at Walker Field, 21 years ago. Over the years, the Ball has become a treasured event as the event sells out each year and raises funds for the organization.
For more information about how you can support and/or attend the Red Baron Ball or learn more about Family Health West, please call 970-858-2108 or visit www.familyhealthwest.org .