RMHD turned 40 this year and we hosted a party to celebrate!

We had 100 people join us in October to celebrate RMHD’s 40th Anniversary and a great time was had by all! Some of our founding members attended, including the Dicus Family, Pamela Patrick and Shari & Neil Gillette. The traditional spaghetti dinner was a big hit, as was the whisky tasting and the performances by the various dance schools.

In addition to celebrating, we had a couple of special presentations…

RMHD awarded Shari & Neil Gillette the Lifetime Contribution to Highland Dance Award! As a thank you for their unending commitment to this organization and to dancing in Colorado, we presented them with a certificate for dinner at the Burns Pub plus a night at the adjacent bed & breakfast. Additionally, we are collecting notes of thanks for them. If you didn’t get a chance to write a note, there is still time. We’d like these notes to be handwritten by you and they will be put together in an album for the Gillette’s. Write your thoughts on a notecard of your choosing and scan or take a clear photo of it and send to Jamie Thomas (jme.marie12@gmail.com) by December 15th.  

Additionally, Lauren Slack and her family announced that they will be sponsoring RMHD’s Scottish Perseverance Award each year. This is a scholarship awarded to one Pre-Premier and one new Premier dancer (within the past two years) who have demonstrated significant steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Perseverance is not giving up, even if it’s hard. For those who don’t know Lauren, she joined RMHD as a 5-year old dancer over 22 years ago. She took from Ms. Cristy and had returned to Colorado after finishing college and was helping teach at the Denver & District Pipe Band practices. In January 2018 she was involved in a car crash on an icy highway that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. Lauren spent 9 months recovering in hospitals before she came home last October. Read here to learn more about Lauren’s remarkable recovery and her perseverance. RMHD is grateful to the Slack Family for their many years of support through the years!