It’s a Tuesday night in late June in Hotchkiss and the sound of rock-blues legend, Joe Cocker and the band wailing away from the Delta County Fairgrounds can be heard all over town. There are a few mosquitoes out, but it’s not too bad. People who didn’t, or couldn’t afford to, buy tickets to the concert are listening from their back yards and front stoops. There are some barbeque cookers going, the smell is drifting around. There is a nice evening breeze and it rained earlier in the day, but then cleared off.
Cars, many with out-of-county plates, are parked on both sides of Bridge Street and Hotchkiss Avenue as far as Oak Avenue, four blocks from the Fairgrounds. At the Fairgrounds both front lots are full as is the back are behind the rodeo arena. It is probably the biggest single event ever held in Hotchkiss. It is probably something people will talk about for years.
“Joe Cocker? Yeah, he played here once. Lived up in Crawford you know. The house he built is still there,” they will say. “Played to raise money
for the local kids.”
Thanks Joe and Pam. And welcome home.
Tom Wills-North Fork Merchant Herald (July 2008)
Watch for upcoming details for a possible
furniture & home decor auction this fall.
Our primary source of funding has been from local events. These fundraising events include house tours to mega yard sales and most recently the CKF Summer Shop in Hotchkiss, Colorado.
Past events have raised significant funds:
2011 CKF Summer Shop $65,000
2010 Joe Cocker "At Home...Again" concert, Hotchkiss, CO $165,000
2008 Joe Cocker “At Home” concert, Hotchkiss, CO $170,000
2006 Mega Yard Sale in Crawford at the old Mad Dog Ranch Fountain Café $69,000
2005 Proceeds donated from a Colorado Joe Cocker concert w/ t-shirt sales $30,000
2004 Home Tour & Yard Sale $77,000
Tax-deductible donations are accepted and can be sent to:
Cocker Kids’ Foundation
P.O. Box 404
Crawford, CO 81415
Just a short note to thank you [the foundation]for the thrill of seeing Joe Cocker perform live. I've been a fan since the early days and have never had the opportunity to see Mr. Cocker live. Feel double blessed to know my humble $45 is going to help kids. What a thrill it must have been for his grandkids to introduce him.
Twin Falls, Idaho