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March Newsletter

Hello TETWP family!

We are so excited to announce in THIS newsletter, the amazing and talented songwriters - - some new & some returning - - that will be at our 2023 4TH of July PINKAPALOOZA CONCERT at I Bar Ranch and the Songwriter Shuffle on July 6th! 

Scroll on down to the Events section for the reveal! 


Thanks for following along with Gunnison TETWP! We will be sending you an email-a-month to keep you from missing a thing! 

There's lots going on in our programs, community outreach, and events so be on the look out for our updates at the beginning of each month. 

In March's Newsletter you'll find...

Catch it Early at Gunnison Valley Health
ONE LOVE Outcomes & Appreciation
Cattlemen's Days Rodeo 2023 Theme Announced
WCU Pink Game

Welcoming the New Mammography Coordinator at GVH
Program of the Month & Program Updates
Lucy's House
Summer 2023 Event Dates & Locations
Sponsorships COMING SOON

Volunteers of the Month
ONE LOVE Bartenders
Board Member Highlight
Suzanne Sullivan



Catch it Early
With Gunnison Valley Health and Living Journeys, Gunnison TETWP was grateful to co-host the first ever Catch it Early event.

With light refreshments and the highly trained and wonderful hospital staff leading the tours, attendees got a behind the scenes tour of our local hospital highlighting the  five distinct areas of the health system that work collaboratively to provide primary care, radiology, general surgery, rehabilitation, and oncology. 

ONE LOVE  |  Jermaine's Jamaican Community Dinner

Thank you to the 200 or so caring folks who attended the fabulous One Love Jamaican Night event on Valentine’s Day this year. Because of you, two local nonprofit organizations, Gunnison Valley Mentors and Tough Enough to Wear Pink, raised critical funds for ongoing, precious services.
One Love is the brainstorm of Jermaine Rodney, owner of Jermaine’s, Sportsman’s Liquors, and WCU employee. Jermaine is always on the look-out for ways to connect our community over food for a good cause. He worked tirelessly on the menu, the refreshments, the gorgeous pineapple table, the fondu, finding volunteers, and inviting his hundreds of friends to attend. Without Jermaine, there would be no ONE LOVE!

An event such as this does not come to life without the generosity and passion of so many! A sincere thank you to...
  • Kerry and Danny Lefebvre, owners of Mario’s and The Dive, are true community champions. Danny’s chef skills were on full display at the One Love buffet, and Kerry’s work on the silent auction made it immensely successful!
  • Evelyn Roper and Opal Moon for putting magic in the air and dancing in our feet all night long! 
  • Country Kickup's Ashley Miller and Keegan Wiles for teaching some dancing!
  • Our brave bartenders that manned the bar all night
  • The many sponsors and donors that provided services, in-kind, donations, and auction items, you all are amazing! 
  • Lots of love, not just one, to our scores of volunteers who made the event possible from beginning to end. Board members and staff from both Mentors and TETWP provided muscle, brains (thanks Anne and John Coster for silent auction check-out) and planning power for the event. Melody and Dally at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds made use of the space a breeze.
Jermaine raised over $20,000 to donate back Gunnison Valley Mentors and Gunnison TETWP! We are so thankful and truly honored!
Didn't see the photos? Click HERE to view the ONE LOVE album! 
Gunnison Valley Health Welcomes Mammography Coordinator,
Deborah Stevens
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Gunnison Cattlemen's Days Rodeo has announced the 2023 theme! 
Thank you Western Colorado University Women's Basketball for supporting Gunnison TETWP raising awareness for breast cancer through your annual PINK game! 

March Program Highlight

Gunnison TETWP's program, Lucy's House, has been increasingly busy in the last several months with several folks traveling out of town to receive radiation treatment.

We are continuously grateful to the Eastwood's for seeing this need and doing something about it! Their funding towards Lucy's House is instrumental for many. 

Program Updates

Summer 2023 EVENTS

Mark your calendars friends! Our largest benefit events of the year are coming up and we can't wait to share details with you!

We're  dreaming BIG  of what we can do for our community and YOU can help make those dreams come true. Interested in being a sponsor this year!?

View the 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

Lots to look forward to in 2023 #GUNNISONTOUGH
3rd Annual
July 4th, 2023 at the I Bar Ranch in Gunnison, CO 
Hosted by Gunnison TETWP and GVH Foundation.
Music, food, bar, dancing, fireworks and camping! 

Songwriter Shuffle 
July 6th, 2023
Double Top Ranch (Thank you Smithers for having us, AGAIN!) 
Exclusive music, local food, our favorite spirits and more! 
Don't miss the most eminent event of the summer! 

Marla Cannon-Goodman 
Marla has been a member of the Gunnison TETWP family for a long time and we are so grateful to have her back again! Raised in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, where she had a front row seat for country music history as she watched her father, Buddy Cannon, shepherd the careers of new and legendary artists as a producer, songwriter and record label executive.  Now, she has earned her own place as one of country music’s most-beloved and respected hit-makers.

Josh Martin
Josh Martin knows how to dance the fine line between radio country and his deep-holler Kentucky roots. It’s clear the songwriter/vocalist/guitarist is no stranger to longnecks and pick-up trucks –but he’s even closer to the bluegrass of his youth. His latest album, Nothing Holding Me, is taut balancing act of accessibility and credibility, replete with honest songwriting and extraordinary musicianship. Martin is at the apex of his musical freedom, not afraid of joy or sorrow, just eager to share what he loves with the audience.

Jenee Fleenor
2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 CMA Musician of the Year, Jenee Fleenor is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter known primarily for her fiddle playing. Jenee is from Springdale, Arkansas and is currently breaking glass ceilings in Nashville as the first female ever nominated for CMA Musician of the Year. (Jenee was also the CMA Touring Musician of the Year in 2015, a Music Row Album All Star Winner in 2019 & 2022 and a 2020 winner of ACM’s Specialty Instruments Player of the Year.) As a songwriter, Jenee has had songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Reba, Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson, Kathy Mattea and Del McCoury to name a few.

Brice Long

Brice has enjoyed a successful 25+ year music career. As a songwriter he has had over 100 of his songs cut with artists such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr, Randy Houser, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Gary Allan, Cody Johnson, Chris Young,  Jon Pardi, The Grascals, Casey James, Darryl Worley, Randy Travis, Gretchen Wilson, John Michael Montgomery, Porter Wagoner and many more.  Brice’s songwriting hits include the #1 singles “Heartache On The Dance Floor” by Jon Pardi and “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan.  Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy”,a song that also garnered Brice a CMA nomination for Song of the Year.  Other recent chart toppers are Randy Houser’s debut single, “Anything Goes”, “Today” from Gary Allan, Casey James’ “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” and Jon Pardi’s, “What I Can’t Put Down”.

Trent Willmon
American singer, songwriter, and CMA Award winning music producer. Born in Amarillo and raised on a ranch in west Texas, Trent later moved to Nashville, TN and signed with Sony Records, having hits such as “Beer Man” and “On Again Tonight”, as well as writing songs for other artists like Brad Paisley and Montgomery Gentry. Growing up in Dickens County, Texas, Trent was involved in 4-H and FFA, and went on to study animal science at South Plains College. There he joined his first band and decided to pursue music instead.

Trent continues to write and performs, but spends more time producing albums for Cody Johnson, Hayden Haddock, Chancey Williams, and several other artists; he has made a name for himself as an outstanding producer, recently winning “Single Of The Year” at the 2022 CMA Awards, for Cody Johnson’s “Til You Can’t”, the most-streamed Country song in 2022. The song is also nominated for a Grammy in 2023 for “Song Of The Year”. After the work is done, you will find Trent giving back to charities, fishing, hunting, on the back of a horse, barbecuing, looking for arrowheads, and spending time with family.

Wynn Varble
Wynn came to love country music at a very young age when he discovered his dad’s collection of classic country vinyl albums. He even traded his big brother’s “Grand Funk Railroad” for a copy of Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John”, and he still has a scar to prove it! Around the age of 14, a neighbor showed Wynn a few chords on an old guitar. Before long, Wynn was playing on his own and writing his own songs. After many years of playing in honkytonks & bars, Wynn decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit to Be Tied Down” by Sammy Kershaw. Since then, Wynn has had numerous hits including three number ones... all three were nominated for "Song of the Year" by the CMA and/or ACM. Wynn's three number one songs are: “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waitin’ on A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin. In addition to his number ones, Wynn's had songs recorded by artists such as Garth Brooks, Cody Johnson, Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Mark Chesnutt, Kellie Pickler, Lee Ann Womack, and many others.

Melonie Cannon
Melonie was just fourteen when she sang on her first recording session. And by the time she'd reached high school, studio dates filled her calendar. Sammy Kershaw, John Michael Montgomery, George Jones and Kenny Chesney were among the many who made use of her voice – its easy reach from whispered intimacy to exuberance, its way of wrapping around a melody and finding truth in a lyric even the first time through a tune – Melonie Cannon’s voice became a favorite of some of country music’s best.
#1 Tough Enough to Wear Pink PRCA Rodeo in the world! 
Thursday, July 13th, 2023 
Gunnison County Fairgrounds
Sponsors AND Volunteer of the Month
Thank you to our ONE LOVE Bartenders!
Bryan Wickenhauser, Terry Schliesman, Tessa Helmle and Sarah Taramarcaz for your work behind the bar for the evening. The set-up for the bar was no small task, and your gracious contribution of time and humor were absolutely necessary additions to the energy of the event. 
Board Member Highlight


My husband Bill and I are from the Houston area. We discovered the Gunnison Valley 17 years ago. We have a home in Crested Butte and a ranch out the Ohio Valley. While this is not our primary residence, this valley has become our home.  It has played an integral part in the lives of our family. And for us, home is a place where you invest your time, talents, and resources to support your community!

After graduating with a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M, Bill and I were married. We raised a family and were fortunate to move around a bit and live in some interesting overseas locations. Where we enjoyed making connections with people from different backgrounds and embracing the cultures of those places!

I grew up in Austin, but my roots are in central Texas, where five generations of my family have ranched in a community, which has turned into a vacation destination much like the Gunnison Valley. Where a remote location turns neighbors into an extended family and requires helping each other out in a time of need! Through my love for horses, music, and rodeos, we met Dean and Susie Dillon and TETWP crew! These were my people! People who are passionate and committed to helping their neighbors in their time of need! I want to be a positive force in this world, and I am honored to be a part of the TETWP team!

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