Steamboat briefs: National Honor Society taking donated costumes |

Steamboat briefs: National Honor Society taking donated costumes

The Steamboat Springs High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be collecting children's costumes Friday at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools. The costumes will be stored and used for the Green Halloween costume swap in 2012. At this year's swap, about 50 costumes were given away, a dozen families participated and $75 was collected to be donated to the American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Irene. Call Nicole DeCrette at 970-871-3689 for more information.

Winter Sports Club rolls out Stars at Night fundraiser

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation is holding the inaugural Stars at Night Fashion Show fundraiser Dec. 29 at The Steamboat Grand. The event will feature some of Steamboat's past and present Olympians during an evening of fashion, dinner, drinks, dancing and a live auction.

The Winter Sports Club Foundation is an endowment created as a permanent fund to provide long-term investment, stability and opportunity for all Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club children, athletes and coaches, according to a news release. The Foundation's goal is to raise $10 million for the endowment; the total now is approaching $2.5 million. In 2010, the endowment was the largest single donor to the Winter Sports Club, providing $127,000 for its operations and programs. Foundation directors say the goal is for the endowment to contribute $500,000 per year to the Winter Sports Club.

The Winter Sports Club has an annual participation of 1,000 kids in its winter and summer athletic programs. The club is now in its 99th year of operation.

Foundation officials say the goal of the Stars at Night event is to introduce the Foundation to the community and share its vision. Tickets are $125 per person. Table sponsorships also are available. For more information, call Foundation Director Patti Kauf-Melehes at 970-761-0033 or email

Horse auction is set for Saturday at Sunset Ranch

Twenty-six horses and mules that belonged to the late Patsy Wilhelm will be auctioned off Saturday at a liquidation sale at 10 a.m. at Sunset Ranch, three miles up Routt County Road 129 after the entrance to Elk River Estates.

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The sale is court ordered after Wilhelm died without a will four years ago.

Friends and family said they are concerned that "kill buyers" for slaughterhouses in other countries will be bidding on the horses.

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Eagle has offered to accept donations on its website,, to try and buy the horses and find homes for them. The group has a "notes" section where donors can specify that the funds be spent on Steamboat horses.

Horse Rescue group members will be at the auction with a trailer and will use any funds they receive to bid on older horses or mules.

Craig meetings to inform veterans about benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs will be conducting meetings about veterans' benefits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the VA Medical Clinic in Craig and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the VFW post in Craig. The meetings will cover My eBenefits, compensation and pension, health care, home loans and burial and survivors' benefits. After the meeting, VA employees will answer questions about benefits and assist with filing claims.

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