HRRMC Foundation’s Jewel Ball Moves to Mt. Princeton October 29th

The HRRMC Foundation is excited to host an in-person Jewel Ball on Saturday, Oct. 29th, at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

The Foundation saw a remarkable number of local businesses and past sponsors commit to all sponsorships that reserved tables for the event, resulting in this event selling out, prior to being announced publicly.

We did not expect this and have not experienced this ever occurring in the past.

In previous years, the Jewel Ball took place at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. The Jewel Ball committee made a decision to move the event this year to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort for several reasons. Past Jewel Balls had a maximum event occupancy of 380.

Given that COVID-19 is still very much present in the nation, potential restrictions and the possibility of another wave in the fall would limit attendance to 275 people at the fairgrounds when the committee had to make their decision on event location. Hosting the event at the fairgrounds under these limitations would not have allowed the Foundation to earn enough revenues to turn a profit based on costs for the event.

Another factor the Jewel Ball committee considered was catering. With the long-time caterer previously utilized now retired, all other caterers contacted required a significant increase in catering costs. The Jewel Ball committee compared expenses and revenues for the fairgrounds and Mt. Princeton and believed Mt. Princeton would be a more profitable event given they also have their own catering included.

Mt Princeton has a maximum event occupancy of 200, which is comprised of 17 tables, with 12 people per table. Table sponsors have the opportunity to invite 10 guests to sit at their table. The two remaining seats at each table are reserved for individuals who are part of the program and will purchase their own tickets. These individuals include Jewel Ball committee members, Foundation and HRRMC Board members, the emcee and auctioneer.

For sponsors who cannot fill their allotted 10 guests per table, we have started a waiting list for individuals who would like to purchase tickets at $125 per person. Please e-mail or to be placed on the waiting list. We should know if and how many tickets we can release in the next few weeks; however, some tickets may not become available until October.

The proceeds of this year’s Jewel Ball will go to the Picie Hylton Charitable Fund, which will support the operations of a future hospitality house; the hospitality house itself is partially funded from a $1.5 million donation made by the Robert and Bernice Delnay Trust. This hospitality house will be on HRRMC’s campusand will allow patients and family members/caregivers – who live 30+ miles away from Salida – free overnight housing when receiving treatment.

“The Picie Hylton donation was the inspiration for a hospitality house and as we were looking at how to fund this project, we were taken aback to receive the Delnay Trust donation. It all fell into place. Picie’s true desire was to have this money help individuals through charitable care,” said Burkley.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the Picie Hylton Charitable Fund can make an online donation at, or can send a check made out to the HRRMC Foundation with a note it is for the Picie Hylton Fund.

Terry West
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