Steamboat Springs The Ski Town USA Golf Classic and Auction netted $200,000 in proceeds that will benefit the Doak Walker Care Center, Grandkids, the Doak Walker Memorial Endowment Scholarship and community service grants offered through the Rotary Club.
"It has absolutely blown out of the water what we have ever done before," said Bonnie Boylan of the Healthcare Foundation of the Yampa Valley.
The event was presented by the Steamboat Dream Team, a fund-raising team for Yampa Valley Medical Center, and the Steamboat Rotary Club, and included 224 golfers who competed on both the Steamboat Sheraton and the Haymaker golf courses.
Boylan said a portion of golfers' fees was donated to the cause, but a majority of the funds was raised through the auction. She said the auction has a lot of "one of a kind" items such as a week on a private yacht in Florida and fishing trips in Alaska.
Funds raised contribute to necessary community services offered in Steamboat and benefit nonprofit organizations that rely on yearly donations, Boylan said.
She said the Doak Walker Care Center is a necessary community service.
"It's a nonprofit that provides
a community service for a range of ages," she said.
The Doak Walker Memorial Endowment Scholarship offers two scholarships to a male and female graduating senior from Steamboat Springs, Soroco, Hayden or Moffat County high schools.
Rotary Club President Rod Hanna said because the golf tournament and auction raised more money than predicted, the Rotary Club can consider giving more money to each scholarship recipient.
"The amount is significantly beyond what we were counting on," he said.
Hanna said the Rotary Club includes donations from the tournament and auction in its budget and relies on the donated funds to continue to offer community service projects, scholarships and grants.
He said the club focuses on providing for the elderly and youth of the community but offers a number of projects that benefit the entire community.
He said part of the funds raised would be used to help with the club's Centennial Project.
"We're in the process of looking at what that project might be," Hanna said.
Hanna said the club was in charge of organizing the golf tournament and selling tickets for the auction. He said the collaboration and support of many local businesses, corporate sponsors and volunteers helped make the event a success.
"I think this is a really good example of the cooperation between several groups in the community," he said. "To me, it is what the spirit of Steamboat is all about."