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Ski Town USA Rotary Club Fundraiser a Huge Success!

September's Ski Town USA Rotary Club Hoedown Fundraiser was a huge success, raising over $55,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado and the Ski Town USA Rotary Club’s Grants Fund.

A partnership between both entities, the club’s fall fundraiser, in fact, was more successful than ever, raising much-needed funds for both groups. This year’s event took place on September 2 at the Brown Family Farm, with transportation provided for attendees to and from downtown.

“The night was absolutely beautiful and I am so thankful to everyone who attended the 2nd Steamboat Hoedown,’ says fundraiser organizer Kelly Lander, who also serves as Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado was recently honored as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2022 Outstanding Resource Development Professional for the Southwest Region. “It was a truly great event and everyone had a super fun time,”

The evening started with a flyover tribute to last year's event host the late Steve Brown. It followed with a raucous fun time, featuring BBQ from the Steamboat Seafood Company, whiskey from Mythology, American Woman and Pendelton, a full bar, live rock and roll band, live auction hosted by Cookie Lockhart, and the best views in the Yampa Valley.

But the best news is that, through attendee’s and sponsors’ donations and the live auction, which featured everything from sides of beef to golf packages and VIP tickets to the Denver Broncos, the fundraiser raised over $55,000— with all proceeds split between the two entities and instantly put back into the community. “These funds will be put to good work helping the children and citizens of Steamboat,” says Landers, saying the effort well eclipsed the event’s goal of $30,000.

“It’s such a great community collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club and Ski Town Rotary. I am especially thankful to event chair Ren Martyn and the Hoedown committ

ee, consisting of John Vanderbloemen, Laura Cusenbary, Kevin Booth, Rob Knutson and Toni Tealander. We can’t wait until next year.”


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