Rally's goal unchanged with growth

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For the past six years, Linda Danter has been driven by the desire to make a difference.

"She's a maniac," Linda's husband, Rich, said. "She's running all over town trying to line things up for this tournament."

In the next two weeks, Danter will be pounding the pavement in Steamboat Springs with hopes of getting support from local merchants for the Rally for a Cure golf tournament.

"I'm retired, so I look at this tournament as my job," Danter said. "I do it because everybody knows someone who has been touched by this horrible thing."

Last year, she enlisted the help of 163 local merchants to support the silent auction with donated prizes.

This year, she hopes to encourage more businesses to help with the Rally for a Cure, to register more golfers to play, and to raise more than $10,000 for the battle against breast cancer.

To accomplish those goals, the tournament has been moved from the Steamboat Golf Club to the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club.

A full field of 72 players showed up for last year's tournament, and Danter said many more players had to be put on a wait list.

Still, the tournament raised $9,741 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The foundation has been a global leader in the fight against breast cancer for more than 20 years.

The Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world.

But Danter isn't letting the tournament's past success limit plans for the event she started six years ago.

"My goal is to make sure this tournament continues to grow each year and to continue to raise money to help bring an end to breast cancer."

The move to the Sheraton will allow the field to grow and raise more money. This year, that money will be divided between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

The local group's mission is to raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer and how it can save lives. Equally important is the goal to raise funds for uninsured or underinsured women in need of mammograms or aid with expenses related to breast-cancer treatment.

The rally raised just more than $1,000 the first time it was held in July 2001, but it has grown with each year.

For the first time, this year's four-person scramble tournament will be open to men. Danter said a move from the nine-hole Steamboat Golf Club to the 18-hole Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club would allow the tournament to grow -- and is the main reason the event is open to men.

The tournament raises money through the $90 entry fee, silent auctions and drawings. The tournament raises extra money through a special offer through which golfers can purchase mulligans.

Thanks to the support of the Sheraton, $40 from every entry goes directly to the cause, and $10 of the entry fee is for the pre-tournament lunch.

Danter said she was thrilled to have the support of the Sheraton and the Ski Town Women's Golf Association, which plays at the Sheraton.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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