Betsey Jay: Thanks, Ski Corp.

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Although another great ski season has drawn to a close, you may not know that the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.'s investments in our valley continue to make a difference throughout the year.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. helps support our community's nonprofits and local initiatives through their funds with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation: the Charitable Fund, Recreation Fund, the Employee Environmental Fund and the Scholarship Fund benefiting local students. In 2008, Ski Corp. granted $274,352 through these funds at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to keep our community a special place.

In addition, for 11 years, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has partnered with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation by contributing ski passes and medallions allowing us to sponsor the Passport Club. Members of the Passport Club pay $5,500 a year to enjoy great skiing, a locker room on the mountain, parking privileges, invitations to our special events, plus a partial charitable deduction. Sixty percent of these proceeds help support the work of the Community Foundation, and 40 percent ends up back in the community via grants from Ski Corp.'s four funds.

On behalf of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and many of the worthy nonprofits that have received support, thank you Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Betsey Jay

Executive director, Yampa Valley Community Foundation

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