Saturday, February 3, 2007
Steamboat Springs Margaret "Poogie" Dawes, who died last year, cared deeply for Steamboat Springs and its youth.
Now, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is recognizing Dawes for her work.
Dawes has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Hazie Werner Award for Excellence. Dawes, who died in April 2006 at the age of 55, will be presented the award posthumously during the 25th annual Snowball March 10 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
"Poogie would have been extremely honored to receive this recognition," said Steve Dawes, her husband. "She was the driving force behind much of the Dawes family's support of the Yampa Valley and our philanthropic endeavors. She is still deeply missed by not only her family but her many friends throughout this community. This award will provide a special opportunity to remember her spirit and the contributions she made to this valley."
And the list of contributions is long.
Dawes was active in many community efforts such as fundraising for the new Yampa Valley Medical Center, the expansion of Howelsen Ice Arena and construction of the new Lufkin Lift-Up Center.
Dawes often was in the penalty box area at Howelsen Ice Arena tracking the number of shots on goal. She also volunteered in Steamboat's schools. In 2005, the Steamboat Springs School Board named Dawes the district's "Friend of Education," an annual award given for outstanding contributions to local education and schools.
"Through all her community giving and volunteerism, Poogie demonstrated that one person can truly make a tremendous difference," said Chris Diamond, president of Ski Corp. "Poogie embodied the spirit of giving back to your community and has left a lasting legacy that will continue to make Steamboat Springs a better place."
Dawes was born Dec. 7, 1950, in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. She attended Marymount Junior College in Washington, D.C., for two years before transferring to the University of Arizona where she received a bachelor's degree with honors in Russian literature.
Dawes moved to Steamboat in 1974 where she met her husband, Steve. They have two sons, Jeff and Matt.
Jeff and Matt both are active in Steamboat sports, as was Dawes, so it is appropriate she receive the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence on the same night that the Steamboat Springs Booster Club will be honored.
On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs Booster Club was named the beneficiary for this year's Snowball.
"Snowball is one of the most special events of the year," said Heidi Thomsen, public relations manager for Ski Corp. "The (Hazie Werner Award) is definitely an award that's close to our hearts."
Snowball has been supporting Yampa Valley charitable organizations for 25 years. The semi-formal dinner includes a live and silent auction and live music by Nacho Men.
Snowball tickets are $90 per person and $1,500 for a corporate table. Reservations can be made through Dianne Stoyko at 871-5403 or through e-mail at email@example.com.
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