Steamboat residents, businesses find ways to help victims of wildfires |

Steamboat residents, businesses find ways to help victims of wildfires

Luke Graham

— With wildfires burning across the state and more than 600 homes destroyed in the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires alone, Steamboat Springs residents and businesses are stepping up efforts to help their Colorado neighbors.

On Monday, the Laundry restaurant will donate all food and beverage sales to benefit victims of the fires. The restaurant, at 127 11th St., will be open from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

"We'd love to see people, whether they get in and have dinner or just come by and make a contribution," said Rex Brice, owner of Steamboat Restaurant Group. "I'd love to see this as a catalyst to other people in the community to think of creative ways to contribute to victims of these fires."

Brice did a similar thing in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. Mazzola's Majestic Italian Diner raised $16,000 for the city of New Orleans.

"There are times that it occurs to you that you need to step up and do something extra to raise money for people that need it," Brice said.

Brice is just one of many locals who are finding avenues to help wildfire victims.

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Jeremiah McGuire, of High Point Roofing, will use his business, located at 2590 Copper Ridge Drive, Unit A, as a drop-off location for donated goods. McGuire said people may drop off donations to wildfire victims through July 8.

He said he came up with the idea after talking with other business owners. His office manager is from Colorado Springs, where the Waldo Canyon Fire has destroyed more than 340 homes and claimed at least two lives.

"It's discouraging and frightening," he said. "If it happened here, people would do the same thing."

McGuire said he will be available to pick up donated items from those who can't bring them down to his business. For more information, call 970-879-5488 or email

There also will be a donated goods drop-off location at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday. People may drop off goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1155 Central Park Drive.

"Just watching the news, I decided I couldn't watch and do nothing anymore," said Carmen Gatewood, who is helping to organize Saturday’s event.

Next week, the band Copious will donate pay from its Fourth of July show at Old Town Pub to the Poudre Canyon Fire Prevention Department. Patrons also may make donations at the door. The event will include an auction with items from Mogil's on the Mountain, including binoculars and a digital camera.

Donations also may be made directly to the Red Cross Colorado Fires Fund or to the Loveland Rotary Foundation. Donations to the Rotary Foundation will be used as leverage for a matching grant of as much as $10,000 from Rotary District 5440, and then donated to Red Cross.

For a list of suggested items to donate or for more resources, visit

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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