Advocates given award

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Advocates Against Battering and Abuse was named recipient of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Sterling Anniversary Award in health and human services.

A $5,000 check was presented at the Annual Hospice Dinner on Monday night. First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, Jim and Susan Larson and Paula Cooper Black sponsored the award in partnership with Passport Club Grants Fund (made possible by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.).

Scott Gordon, president of Alpine Bank and vice chairman of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, presented the award to Diane Moore, executive director of Advocates.

"Without this organization, some of our residents would likely not survive to use other services such as those offered by Hospice," Gordon said. "We received over 38 letters nominating 17 community organizations in the health and human services field making it a difficult decision for our grant committee. They chose to select a smaller organization that crosses social, economic and cultural lines on a daily basis."

Since 1983, Advocates has served the residents of Routt County by assisting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and their family members through crisis services, supportive counseling, advocacy and community education. Last year, Advocates served more than 265 clients. Through comprehensive projects aimed at educating youths, spurring healthy family relationships, building self-esteem and protecting those in crisis, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse continues to meet the needs of our community as they change.

Moore said she was "truly honored and extremely grateful" when presented with the award.

The Community Foundation, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, has partnered with individuals and organizations to award five $5,000 gifts to nonprofits that embody the mission of the Community Foundation by maintaining the character and preserving the traditions of the Yampa Valley.

The Sterling Anniversary Award in recreation was presented March 3 to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The Sterling Anniversary Award in education was presented to Routt County 4-H on May 19.

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation plans to give away two more Sterling Anniversary Awards in environment, and arts and culture.

The deadlines are Oct. 15 for the environment and Nov. 20 for arts and culture awards.

A one-page nomination letter including the mission statement of the organization and why it should be selected for the award should be sent to publisher@steamboatpilot.com or faxed to 879-2888.

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