American Legion Post 119 recognized for special Halloween “Business Bright Spot”


American Legion Post 119 received a special Halloween edition of the Estes Park in Bloom steering committee’s “Business Bright Spot” award Oct. 27. The committee presented a traveling sign for the property, a fall-themed display, a window cling and a framed certificate of recognition to Post Commander Terry Rizzuti and Finance Officer Dottie Allen. The Halloween “Business Bright Spot” recognizes a business that puts effort into festive displays, activities, or landscaping. American Legion Post 119 joins Hotel Estes, River Spruce Cabins, Wildflower Mercantile, Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, The Studio Fine Art and Framing, Elements of Touch Wellness Spa and River Retreat, Claire’s on the Park and Estes Angler.

The American Legion Post 119 held their second annual Haunted House fundraiser during weekends in October, adding a “kid-friendly” event on the last Sunday of the month. Planning for the Haunted House begins in the summer with construction commencing the beginning of September. It takes 30 volunteers to set up and manage the event. Terry Rizzuti has served as Post Commander since 2016 and with the help of Dottie Allen and a team of other Post members he has overseen renovations to the facility including a new roof and upgrades to the Great Hall, now available for a wide variety of uses to the public. Post 119 also received a grant from the Colorado Historical Society to do a complete structural assessment and architectural review of the building, which was constructed in 1939. The American Legion is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. Estes Park’s Post 119, located at 850 N. St. Vrain Avenue was chartered in 1920. To learn more about the American Legion Post 119 visit

For more information or to become involved in the Estes Park in Bloom project, contact Keri Kelly at 970-577-3782 or email