Steamboat’s Rally for the Cure continues to grow, keeps focus
July 9, 2013
Regulars at the Rally for the Cure might notice a few changes after 13 years, but organizers said the local golf tournament's purpose will remain consistent as it moves forward.
"I knew so many local people who were affected by this disease, and we felt like we needed to do something," tournament founder Linda Danter said. "We started this tournament to support those women and others in our community dealing with breast cancer."
Danter convinced several other members of her women's group to start the tournament at the Steamboat Golf Club in 1999. That year, a few players, all women, took part in the event and raised a modest donation. Since then, the tournament has moved to the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, has been opened to men and has grown into a major fundraiser that brought in just more than $43,000 last year and $294,000 since it began in Steamboat Springs.
Danter stepped down after last year's tournament but still is involved with the event. She said she is thrilled to see that new Director Robin Crossan is guiding the event into the future and making positive changes to the event
"Robin is amazing," Danter said. "She was already doing so much … and then she stepped up to make sure that this event would continue."
This year, the four-person scramble will take place at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday. The cost to enter is $114 per player and includes golf and lunch. Crossan said 99 percent of the money raised will go to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. The remainder will go to the Rally for the Cure for sponsoring the event.
"We are here so that people can have some fun," Crossan said. "But we also want to come out and support those battling breast cancer … our goal is to keep most of the money in the valley."
The money raised for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project helps with mammograms, chemotherapy radiation, transportation, lunches and anything else patients might need.
While most of the money is raised from entry fees, there also will be an auction that features several big items, including a six-day PURE pass at Steamboat Ski Area, four tickets to the Solheim Cup and a golf package for The Ranch Country Club in Westminster.
Crossan said there still are spots open for the morning and afternoon sessions, but the morning session is filling fast. Golfers can register to play by calling Rollingstone at 970-879-1391. Flyers are available at all four local courses, and golfers will be allowed to register through the morning of the event if spots are available.
Crossan also is looking for hole sponsors that might want to join the cause. Sponsorships can be purchased for $125 for the first year. Past hole sponsors can take part in this year's Rally for $100.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com