Groups plan valentine fundraiser in Elbert

Last such event was held at end of 19th century

Instead of watching teams toss around the pigskin on Super Bowl Sunday, some Elbert County residents are choosing to attend the Town of Elbert Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance on Feb. 12.
The event will take place at the Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building, the informal community center for the Town of Elbert. The Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance will be hosted by three organizations crucial to the functionality of the Town of Elbert: The Elbert Fire Protection District, The Elbert Town Committee, and the Elbert Woman’s Club.
“All three organizations strive to bring our community together with these events,” said Elbert Town Committee President Lacey Catterton in an interview from Jan 16. “We want provide events for the citizens where they can take their families for holidays or just for fun and not have to drive miles away for things to do.”
The event will include a two-hour Italian dinner, complete with spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert. The food will be provided by volunteers from the three hosting organizations. The dinner will last from 5-7 p.m. Dancing will take place immediately after dinner from 7-8 p.m.
The suggested donations for the event are $10 per adult and $5 per child. All proceeds from the event will go toward the upkeep of the Russell Gates Mercantile Co. Building.
“All of the organizations decided to donate the proceeds to the Elbert Woman’s Club,” said Catterton. “Since the restoration and the upkeep of the mercantile is taken care of by the Woman’s Club, we determined the funds from the dinner would go to the place where most community events are hosted.”
The Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building will also be decorated floor to ceiling with Valentine’s Day decor for the event. A wide array of music will be played, and attendees can also make music requests throughout the evening.
The last recorded Town of Elbert Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance was held in 1899. In an article from the Elbert County Tribune, the “Grand Social Ball” was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1899. Tickets were sold at H.H. Beckman’s and E. Barkley’s Barber Shop in Elbert for $1.50. This second Valentine’s Day event is to be held only a short 124 years later.
The Russell Gates Mercantile Co. Building is located at 24223 Eccles St. in Elbert.
For more information on the event, visit the Elbert, CO Facebook page at or the Elbert Town Committee events page at
The Town of Elbert now has a new Instagram profile. There you can keep up with news about the town and upcoming events like the Valentine’s Dinner & Dance. You can also see photos from around town and from points in Elbert’s history. Follow them @elbert_co.
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