Ski Council raises $2,300 for local charity

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— While visiting skiers have been out of Steamboat since early April, one group might have left a greater impression than others as it left behind a $2,300 check.

As part of its fund-raising event, the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council raised $2,300 for Steamboat's Horizons through auctions, drawings and a Mardi Gras night that had locals join the Chicago group.

Like other ski councils across the country, the Chicago council, which is an umbrella organization for almost 90 smaller clubs in the Chicago area, raises money for local organizations in the ski resort they visit.

But this trip had a different twist when Horizons' Development Coordinator Kay Borvansky worked with the Chicago trip's coordinator Teri Finerty to encourage locals to join in the fund-raising. Before the main fundraising event, a Mardi Gras celebration that had skiers traveling among Steamboat's downtown bars, Horizons sold $5 mugs for any Steamboat resident wanting to join.

Borvansky said that she saw many locals, most Chicago transplants, mix among the visitors, who stood out wearing beads and some even dressed as Chicago's famous Blues Brothers.

Finerty said the Mardi gras fund-raising event is something she liked to see more of in the ski towns the council visits.

This year's amount, which was raised during the last week of March, will go toward Horizons, a nonprofit organization for the developmentally disabled that has to depend on fund-raising for a portion of its operating budget.

The $2,300 amount was about $200 short of the money the ski council raised in Aspen last year for another organization that works with the disabled.

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