Tall Tales Ranch raises $200,000 in annual event

A ranch for people with developmental disabilities will break ground in 2022

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Tall Tales Ranch won't be “shovel ready” for another three years, but the groundwork is being laid at what will be a residential facility for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The 5th annual Tall Tales Ranch Hoedown at the University of Colorado South Denver in Lone Tree Sept. 28 raised more than $200,000 for the $12 million project. The ranch will begin construction on part of the Schweiger Ranch property in 2022, according to Susan Mooney, a co-founder of the Tall Tales Ranch Board of Directors.

Jennifer La Berge was named the 2019 Volunteer of the Year by the board. Throughout the ceremony, future Tall Tales ranchers performed their various talents to keep the crowd entertained, a staple of the yearly event.

“The Talent Show is the absolute highlight of the event. Our guests love to see the ambassadors showcase their talents and we love providing a platform for them to be celebrated and honored for their unique skills.”

More than 500 attended the hoedown, which aimed to raise money for the project.

The facility will hire ranch hands and staff, people without disabilities, who will help run the ranch. Ranchers will live and work with the ranch hands and staff. Tall Tales is envisioned to be a “cottage community” where people can choose to rent a one- or two-bedroom space. The ranch will include a community center barn for public events, dinners, fundraising activities and school and church group meetings.

Tall Tales hopes to raise $1.25 million, total, by the end of the year and $2 million by the end of next year.

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