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Farmington business goes all out to raise cash for local charity

FARMINGTON – A Farmington businesswoman has made it her business to raise money for the Four Corners Home for Children to make sure they have plenty of food and gifts for the kids, and with one of her business’ clients has joined in arranging for the kids’ Christmas dinner.

Cabana Tans co-owner Connie Gramm Maestas filled part of the business’ parking lot with holiday-themed activities during her Cozy Cabana Christmas event Dec. 3 – including fire pits to help people make S’mores, and some hot chocolate to warm things up, plus visits from both Santa and the Grinch.

That fundraiser brought in more than $1,500.

Several agencies pitched in to make the event more festive.

Connie Maestas, the owner of Cabana Tans in Farmington, recently converted part of the Star Plaza parking lot into a holiday hotspot, complete with hot chocolate and s'mores, to raise money for the Four Corners Home for Children.

Members of the Farmington Fire Department showed up with The Grinch as attendees heard the music of local musician Jose Villarreal. Santa dropped in courtesy of the San Juan County Fire District 7 – Center Point.

At one point both Santa and Smokey the Bear greeted children. Smokey’s visit came via the Carson National Forest’s Jicarilla Ranger District.

The shop’s history of sponsoring charitable events didn’t go unnoticed.

A table inside Cabana Tans is loaded down with gift baskets that will be raffled to raise money for the Four Corners Home for Children, while below rests a fresh pile of donations to the home dropped off Friday by the Prime Time 4H organization.

“Over the past year Connie has done Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving activities for the community,” said community member Dashelle Ricord, who wrote the Daily Times to make sure Maestas’ good deeds didn’t go unpublished. “For Easter she brought in the Easter Bunny for pictures and had fun and activities for the kids and received donations for the home for children.”

For Halloween, Maestas did a drive through trick or treat event, and she also raised donations toward the Thanksgiving dinner and some groceries for the children’s home.

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