Rally continues to raise awareness, money

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— It's been nine years since Linda Danter first hosted the Rally For The Cure golf tournament at the nine-hole Steamboat Golf Club.

Since that first round, the tournament has changed locations to the 18-hole Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, added an afternoon shotgun start and watched the field grow by leaps and bounds.

But for all the things that have changed throughout the years there are a few that remain the same.

Danter has continued to spearhead the annual fundraiser, the tournament continues to support groups such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, and everyone involved continues to work toward the same goal.

"The goal has always been the same, and that's to find a cure," Danter said Tuesday while rushing around town to take care of details for this year's tournament. "I plan on doing this until they find a cure."

Danter credits the popularity of the event to the common bond that breast cancer creates.

"Everyone out there has been touched by breast cancer in some way," Danter said. "It might be a family member or a friend. But everyone wants to help, and this has always been a community effort."

The tournament is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club (formerly the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club) and splits the proceeds between the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the locally focused Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

Last year, the event drew 212 golfers and raised $34,000 - a huge jump from the first tournament, which raised $1,134.

"This is totally a grass-roots effort," Danter said. "That's what makes it so great."

Danter said this year's event features two shotgun starts. The $90 entry fee ($50 for Rollingstone Club members with paid 2008 greens fees and cart pass) includes greens fees, cart, lunch and donations.

The morning session, which begins at 8 a.m., already is full. Danter said there still is limited space for the afternoon session, which begins at 1 p.m. Golfers should call 879-1391 to reserve a space.

Between sessions, the tournament hosts a lunch, and there also is a silent auction that runs throughout the event with plenty of offerings from local businesses.

Danter said it would be impossible to hold the event without the help of the staff of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club and the many volunteers who have joined to help in the effort throughout the years.

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

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