Headliner Pam Tillis with the Songwriters Show stars Billy Montana, her husband Matt Spicher, Jimmy Nichols and Frank Myers. Photos by Scottie Iverson
The 13th Annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) fundraiser at Marla and Steve Grove’s incredible ranch was a record-breaker supported by 70 volunteers, dozens of loyal sponsors and filled with emotion. “This is our family, our TAPS family,” said Bonnie Carroll. The price of freedom is not free. Thank you for remembering the nation’s fallen.” After a feast of prime rib prepared by the Coors Chuckwagon Crew out of Amarillo, Texas, the crowd settled in for a program saluting fallen heroes and their families. Event Directors Lynne and Bo Cottrell received a standing ovation. Roger Sierens and team volunteered their time for a star-studded live auction. The most touching moment was the final paddle raise asking for $100 to buy a young man’s suit to attend his father’s funeral. Gracious crowd-pleaser, Grammy Award and CMA winner with six No. 1 hits and three platinum albums, Pam Tillis had the audience hand clapping and toe tapping.
Clockwise: Jeff Hays – state GOP chair, Rich Sokol – Arapahoe County GOP chair, Rochelle Sokol, Kristina and Jay Davidson
Gabriel and Ashley Rao who lost loved ones and met at TAPS with baby Louise.
WildeFire’s Tony David and Charlie Kreter from Annapolis, Maryland
Patriot/media personality Steffan Tubbs was master of ceremonies
Edie Marks, honorary chair and Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton and hero Mort Marks
Carrie Tynan flanked by members of the Coors Cowboy Chuckwagon Crew.
Event chairs Linda Cavanaugh and Kevin Kreymborg
Volunteer of the Year winner Karen D’Amboise, TAPS Founder Bonnie Carroll
“Tony David Volunteer of the Year Award” winners Jane Ames and Carol Waller surround event directors Lynne and Bo Cottrell.
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