Estes Park Trail Gazette – Getting down and dirty in Estes Park for a good cause

“We are still collecting money from silent auction winners and will hopefully have our final donation amount to give to Northern Colorado Flood Recovery by the end of next week,” reported Cindy Elkins, one of the organizers of the Rocky Mountain Mud Volleyball benefit tournament. Nine teams participated in the tournament which was held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park on September 20.

The event was emceed by Kris Hazelton and the Estes Valley Fire Department kept the tournament grounds muddy and hosed off all the players after the event.

First place went to a team from Littleton, “The Muddy Buddies,” comprised of Meagan Klansek (captain), Tanner Garner, Nate Ferris, Molly Ferris, Kyle Klansek, and Lindsey Martin. They won six lift tickets to Aspen Highlands Snowmass Ski Resort. “The Aggressive Blue Giraffes” of Fort Collins with team members Brina Wenholz (captain), Jennifer Jackson, Katie Biedron, Eric Livingston, Charles Tucker, Dan Huddleston, Hannah Hoffman, and Jon Watson, took second place. They received a three-night stay in a three-bedroom hot tub cabin from Rocky Mountain Resorts. An Estes Park team, “The Rodeo Togas” took third place, and prizes of six salt lamps from Stix-n-Stones of Estes Park and a Cables Bar and Grill gift card.?

The Rodeo Togas team members were: Heather Tierney (captain), Stephanie Belleau, Esther Poysti, Matt Boyd, Matt Lemke, and Lexy Jacobson.

The team, “It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White” of Denver won the best costume prize (an Oskar Blues Gift Card); the best sportsmanship award went to “The Oympians” of Estes Park, an Eagle Rock student team who won passes to the Open Air Adventure Park; Lynn Sandusky of RAS Design Group, San Francisco, traveled the furthest and won a pair of knee pads from Sports Authority.

All prizes and silent auction items were donated by the sponsors including: The Town of Estes Park, The Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, The Rocky Mountain Park Inn, Aspen Highlands Snowmass Ski Resort , Rocky Mountain Resorts , RSTESOT Internet Marketing, Yeah It’s Marketing, Stix-n-Stones of Estes Park , Open Air Adventure Park, Cables Pub & Grill, El Mex Kal, Safeway of Estes Park, Ed’s Cantina, The Rock Inn, Domino’s Pizza of Estes Park, Boondocks Family Fun Center in Denver, The Other Side Restaurant, Master Graphics, Inkwell & Brew, Estes Park School District, The Estes Park Trail-Gazette, The Estes Park News, Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, Anne Vogt Jewelry, Oscar Blues Lyons, Dave’s BBQ Estes Park, Sports Authority Fort Collins & Boulder Locations, Michelle Manquen, Dawn Normali, Glacier Lily Spa, Lonigan’s Saloon, Spirit Hound Distillery Lyons, Cindy Elkins & Harriette Woodard (Art & Wine Night for 6), Tim Buck , Rick Finbow – The Denver Psychic, Denver Broncos (tickets for Raiders vs Broncos at home), Red Rocks Amphitheater (Led Zeplin Cover Band Concert Tickets), High Country Beverage, Colorado Clothing Company, High Plains Art Productions, The Parlour , The Stanley Hotel (Whiskey Tasting & Ghost Tour), The Chrysalis, Amethyst Spa, and The Estes Park Fire Department.

The tournament was held for the benefit of flood recovery; donations are still being accepted online at or checks can be made out to EP Flood Mud P. O. Box 776, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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