Community Christmas Dinner set for Saturday in Steamboat |

Community Christmas Dinner set for Saturday in Steamboat

Community dinner organizers expect to serve 500 to 550

Jack Weinstein

Steamboat Springs resident Lauri Aigner dishes up smiles during last year's Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Community Christmas Dinner at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

— Venue: check. Volunteers: check. Food: check.

Organizers of this year's Steam­boat Springs Board of Real­tors Community Christmas Din­­ner are ready to go. The annual event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. It's free and open to everyone.

Peggy Wolfe, a member of the Board of Realtors who is helping organize this year's dinner, said the group was prepared to serve 500 to 550 people this year, up from the about 430 served last year.

"It's a big event," Wolfe said. "I just think it's something that is a classic example of Steamboat and the people here. Everybody cares about one another. Every­body's willing to give their time, their money, cooking food or whatever they can give. That's just what Steamboat's all about."

Some of the nearly 60 volunteers will start showing up at noon Saturday, with some staying as late as 8 p.m., Wolfe said. She said food was donated by Board of Realtors members and members of the community.

Wolfe said the Board of Realtors could use dessert donations, however. Anyone who wants to donate a dessert can bring one in a disposable container to the community center from 1 to 3 p.m. today or from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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She said The Egg & I, The Tugboat Grill & Pub and Party­Smart also contributed to the dinner. Wolfe said Steamboat Smokehouse owner Fritz Aurin would cook 15 turkeys and the city donated use of the community center.

Glenna Clark-Olmsted, who started the dinner more than 20 years ago, said it initially was meant to assist those less fortunate but has changed throughout the years. She said it became an event where people from all walks of life sat and had a meal together.

"I think it morphed into exactly what it was supposed to be," she said. "It was just so wonderful to see the community come together."

Wolfe said despite the economy, everyone she asked to help with this year's dinner said, "yes."

"This year's been a tough year for everybody in Steamboat," she said. "Everybody's still always willing to step up and do what they can."

How to help

Those interested in donating desserts can drop them off from 1 to 3 p.m. today or noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, both days at the community center.

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