Figure Skating Club to hold fund-raiser

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With an ice-time bill topping $40,000 and dreams of sending 16 girls to San Diego, Calif., for a national synchronized skating competition, the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club will host its annual fund-raiser tonight at a new restaurant in Ski Time Square.

Because the club has 40 full-time members and an additional 20 children in its introductory program, it struggles every year to pay its $125-an-hour ice-time fees, coach Kim Haggarty said.

"Most of our money goes toward ice time, but we also have a scholarship fund," she said.

Another expense this year will come from Team Volant, the club's synchronized skating team, which is traveling to a qualifying competition in January. Success there will clear the way for the team to go to San Diego in March for a national competition

"Their chances (of qualifying) are good," Haggarty said. "That's 16 girls who will be flying and staying in San Diego."

Haggarty partnered with her brother, Joe Walker, for tonight's fund-raiser. The event will be a chance for Walker to test recipes for his new restaurant, Outlaws. Outlaws, located in the former home of the Tapas Lounge and Mediterranean Grill inside Thunderhead Lodge, officially will open to the public Thursday.

Outlaws is the brainchild of Joe Walker and Ted Brown, both of whom were involved in the Steamboat Brewery and Tavern for years.

The buffet-style dinner offered at tonight's fund-raiser will feature selections from Outlaws' menu, such as cold salmon cheesecake, baby portabella mushrooms stuffed with homemade Italian buffalo sausage, lamb pizza and pear and gorgonzola pizza.

Desserts will be prepared by Outlaws baker Pam Albrecht, formerly of Albrecht's European Bakery. She will prepare chocolate pound cake, white chocolate mousse and pineapple bread pudding to accompany tonight's meal.

A ticket to tonight's fund-raiser will include the dinner, a wine tasting, live music by singer/guitar player Karri Elkins and a silent auction.

"Our big silent auction is perfect timing for Christmas," Haggarty said. The auction includes items such as a basket of SmartWool socks, nights at dude ranches and a pair of skis.

Tickets are $60 per couple or $35 for singles and are available at the door. The event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 879-7785.

To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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