Calendar fundraiser not OK with officials

Lee: 'This isn't benefiting the school at all'

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— Steamboat Springs High School officials warn businesses to be wary of an out-of-town company that has been asking for money as part of a basketball calendar fundraiser for the school.

School officials warn they are not sponsoring any such fundraiser.

Richard Lee, Steamboat Springs High School athletics and activities director, said on Tuesday that he has received two calls in the past 10 days from downtown businesses questioning the validity of a company requesting money to fund a basketball calendar.

The company, kellypublishing.com, apparently has been calling businesses asking for money to fund the calendar, Lee said.

The school is not sponsoring any such fundraiser, and does not hire outside companies to do its calendars, he said.

"They will call and say they have our sponsorship," Lee said. "Well, they don't. They don't have our sponsorship or permission."

Lee said outside companies routinely act as though they have the high school's sponsorship for projects, but that doing so isn't necessarily illegal.

"It may not be illegal, but it's certainly unethical," he said. "It's just not anything we want."

The local booster club is usually responsible for fundraising, he said.

"This isn't benefiting the school at all. It's just a money-making scheme," he said.

Lee said he encourages businesses or community members who are contacted by any company asking for money on the high school's behalf to call the high school and talk to him, principal Mike Knezevich or school resource officer Deb Funston.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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