COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - People were pitching in to save the Manitou Incline. Time, hikers and heavy rain have put a heavy load on the trail. It needs more than a million dollars in fixes. It was the first of many fundraisers held Friday night (11/15/13).
Sandi Yukman was handing out gifts to donators. She knows a smile is more than she'll get in return.
"Whenever we've had a need, the community comes out for it," said Yukman, a volunteer with Incline Friends.
Incline Friends is a local non-profit trying to raise more than half a million dollars to repair the Manitou Incline through the "Indy-Give" campaign.
"When it speaks to them because they're athletic or they're fit or they love to do something like The Incline, they come out in droves. It's wonderful to see," said Yukman.
The Incline is a top attraction in Southern Colorado.
"Lately, we've been doing it at least once a week," said The Incline hiker Jennifer Carnahan.
"We're a very fit community and that contributes to it," said Mike Waters.
Keeping it in tip top shape is more than important for those who climb the strenuous hike.
"It doesn't cost any money to do it. So it's important for people that enjoy it to help keep it up otherwise it won't be there for long," said Carnahan.
The event not only benefits The Incline, but four other local organizations. All five teamed up for one cause.
"We're all in the same business of trying to make the community better," said Yukman.
While making the community better, you might be a little happier.
"I feel great! I feel better after this," said Waters with a beer in his hand.
Incline Friends raised more than $850, but the fundraising doesn't stop here. The campaign runs through the end of the year. If you'd like to help, click here for more information.