Empowerment Express 2024

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Want to support ALC and the Empowerment Express?

>> Become a sponsor
>> Become an auction donor

Join our current sponsors and silent auction donors in supporting ALC’s work to create safety and community for all. We also welcome non-sponsorship monetary donations in any amount.


All Aboard!

Advocates of Lake County’s annual fundraising event, the Empowerment Express, is chugging down the track.

Join us on Saturday, June 1, for dinner, drinks, a silent auction, and a scenic ride through Lake County on the Leadville Railroad.

The Empowerment Express is one of ALC’s biggest sources of unrestricted funds to help us meet our clients’ urgent needs when other funding is unavailable or limited.

Scenic Train Ride

Purchase your tickets online today. When you click, you’ll be taken to a new page where you can adjust the quantity for each ticket type. You’ll also have the option to specify any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegan, nut allergy) for your tickets if needed.

  • Adults (21+) — $50, including admission, 1 adult meal, up to 2 alcoholic beverages, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and full access to entertainment and activities
  • Youth (12-20) —  $35, including admission, 1 adult meal, unlimited NA beverages, entertainment, access to “Tween Twain” activities car for younger youth
  • Child (0-11) — $0, including admission, 1 child meal (mac ‘n’ cheese and hot dog), unlimited NA beverages, free childcare and activities in Kids’ Caboose/”Tween Twain”
    Note: Parents with children 0-11 can opt to purchase an older-child ticket to get a full meal and still have access to childcare/activities.

It’s the cheapest date night in town, benefitting one of the best causes around!

Adult meals provided by Silver Llama Market & Eatery, with red and white wine courtesy of Mount Massive Liquors and beer and hard seltzer courtesy of Leadville Liquor.

Non-alcoholic beverages and kids’ meals provided by Advocates of Lake County and the Leadville Railroad.

In-person ticket sales (cash and check) available at the Leadville Railroad Depot (326 East 7th Street in Leadville, at the corner of East 7th and Hazel) beginning May 14.

Event Schedule

Thursday, May 30, 2024

  • 3 p.m. MT — Silent auction opens for bidding

Friday, May 31, 2024

  • All Day — Silent auction remains open
  • All Day —Last call for ticket sales!

Saturday, June 1, 2024

  • 5-5:15 p.m. — Arrive at Leadville Railroad train depot (326 East 7th Street in Leadville, at the corner of East 7th and Hazel)
  • 5:15-5:30 p.m. — Opening remarks and board the train
  • 5:30 p.m. — Train departs! Our return time is approximate, but the train will leave the station at 5:30 on the dot so be sure to arrive early!
  • 5:30-7:30(ish) p.m. — Enjoy dinner, drinks, and activities onboard while you take in Lake County’s beautiful scenery, all included with your admission donation
  • 7:30(ish)-8:30(ish) — Train returns to the station! Make your way into the train depot for the official Empowerment Express Afterparty, where you can explore all of our silent auction items in person and make your online bids while enjoying additional beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages (modest donation suggested)
  • 11:59:59 p.m. — Silent auction officially ends at midnight

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Private and corporate sponsors make the Empowerment Express possible. Sponsorship in any amount $200-$1000+ helps us cover the cost of food, materials, promotion, and other expenses for our event — plus adds to our general operating fund!

Sponsorship tiers:

  • Tier 3: Mount Elbert ($1000+)
  • Tier 2: Mount Massive ($500-999)
  • Tier 1: Mount Sherman ($200-$499)

Want to become a sponsor? We’d love to have your support!

Mount Elbert Sponsors

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority logo 50th anniversary
climax molybdenum mine freeport McMoRan leadville coloardo
Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad scenic tour ride train fall leaves party adventure private wedding tourism siteseeing sitesee

Mount Massive Sponsors

silver llama breakfast lunch cafe diner leadville colorado
LT100 Legacy Foundation leadville trail one hundred colorado nonprofit race series race across the sky
centennial real estate realtor amy tait leadville colorado lake county home house apartment buy rent
chris turner realty realtor real estate agent leadville lake county
vero fiber high speed internet phone

Mount Sherman Sponsors

leadville exchange colorado high-end consignment thrift shopping secondhand store
leadville discount liquors drive-through liquor store colorado beer wine spirits
mount massive liquor store leadville colorado beer wine spirits hard seltzer ice mixers cocktails nonalcoholic snacks
the famous pizza pasta pub italian restaurant leadville colorado
kristen king life coach business coach hypnotist certified leadville colorado
floyds of leadville colorado dispensary cbd cannabis
grateful paws premium pet supplies services grooming food doggie daycare leadville lake county colorado

Thank You to Our Silent Auction Donors!

Look for generous contributions from these business and others at our 2024 Empowerment Express Silent Auction! The bidding starts on Thursday, May 30, and ends at midnight on Saturday, June 1. All bidding takes place online. Good luck!

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freight leadville slumberyard event space venue hotel cabins tiny home house colorado
harperrose harper rose studio art gallery decor jewelry accessories earrings bracelets necklaces bags pillows blankets homegoods decorations sculpture artwork design designer custom boutique
hello fern creations by katie anderson custom pottery mugs crocks crockery dishes plates decor
blue earth wellbeing salon spa yoga studio hair massage qui gong erin watkins
marley seifert artist poster sticker patch leadville colorado
leadville dance collective colorado studio classes lessons private group individual ballet tap jazz hiphop funk zumba adult child kids
rock hut leadville Colorado rocks gems stones crystals geology collectible artwork
kristen king life coach business coach hypnotist certified leadville colorado
floyds of leadville colorado dispensary cbd cannabis
the majestic bed and breakfast b&b hotel inn rental historic home leadville colorado
nourish day spa leadville colorado massage facial reiki energy seaweed hot stone mud salt scrub
ski cooper leadville colorado ski hill mountain slope family friendly affordable
leadville exchange colorado high-end consignment thrift shopping secondhand store
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community threads leadville colorado consignment gifts sporting goods resale shop store
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Alpine Furniture Gift Shoppe leadville colorado handmade furniture woodwork woodwoorker
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copper mountain ski resort hill slope mountain family adult child kid colorado
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buchi cafe cubano cuban sandwiches breakfast lunch coffee cocktails drinks dessert
erin farrow pottery mugs magnets earrings custom designs handmade leadville colorado
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iris moon emporium metaphysical shop spiritual tarot oracle rune divination shyla cameron jewelry decor candles ritual crystals stickers earrings clothes clothing leadville colorado
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About Advocates of Lake County & Empowerment ExpressAdvocates of Lake County is 2023's best nonprofit in leadville/twin lakes, as voted by readers of the Leadville Herald-Democrat

Voted 2023 Best Nonprofit in Leadville/Twin Lakes, Advocates of Lake County has been providing services to survivors of violence and individuals experiencing housing insecurity for over 40 years.

The money we raise through our annual Empowerment Express fundraiser — including ticket sales, silent auction proceeds, donations, and sponsorships — provides critical support by replenishing our general operating budget. The bulk of ALC’s funding comes from government grants that are designated for specific uses and cannot be used in any other way.

Unrestricted funding is vital for a crisis response organization like ALC since expenses can arise for clients that cannot be planned for. The General Operating Budget allows ALC to immediately adapt to the needs of our clients and to cover expenses that cannot be covered by federal grants.