Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride donates $6K to Humane Society |

Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride donates $6K to Humane Society

Nicole Inglis

Mustache Ride event organizers, from left, Casey Barnett, Nate Bird and Rob Peterson present a check to the Routt County Humane Society's Maggie Smith and Ellen Archer, far right. The Oct. 6 fundraiser collected $6,000 for the local nonprofit.

— In its sixth year, the Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride raised $6,000 for the Routt County Humane Society.

What started as an informal gathering of friends launched by Steamboat residents Nate Bird and Rob Peterson has evolved into an offseason tradition involving hundreds of mustache-clad philanthropists on bikes cruising to Steamboat bars Oct. 6.

Maggie Smith, of the Routt County Humane Society, said Thursday that the funds would go to help shelter animals and to support pets in low-income families.

"Who knew that fun with friends on a Saturday afternoon in Steamboat could also provide so much comfort for animals in need?" Smith wrote in an email. "The Routt County Humane Society is so amazed by all the people who came together as part of the Mustache Ride to help the animals of Routt County."

Bird said the event was a success from the standpoint of getting a group of goofy people together to act ridiculous as well as help support local businesses during a traditionally slow season.

"It's a super satisfying feeling to be able to donate this much money to the Humane Society," Bird wrote in an email. "Keeping it local and giving it to an organization that really needed it is a double win."

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