If you go
What: Coffee, tea and cake reception to honor Carol Booth Fox with the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence
When: 3 to 5 p.m. Monday
Where: Mountain View foyer at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel
Steamboat Springs A longtime member of city boards and commissions who can boast about having a green thumb, Carol Booth Fox will become the 21st recipient of the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence on Monday.
Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., praised Fox for her activism and loyalty to the community.
"Carol embodies the spirit of giving back to your community and clearly has made Steamboat Springs a better place for future generations," Diamond said.
The Hazie Werner Award was established 20 years ago by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. to honor the matriarch of Steamboat's most famous skiing family. Previous winners include Werner's daughter and Olympic skier, Skeeter Werner Walker.
Fox, who moved to Steamboat from Philadelphia in 1976, served five years (from 1982 to 1987) on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, two terms on City Council during the '90s and four years on the Board of Adjustment.
Fox long has been admired for her ability to call out community leaders when she thought they were in the wrong, yet win their affection at the same time.
She will be honored during a coffee, tea and cake reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday in the Mountain View foyer at Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
The reception reflects a transition away from the annual Snowball fundraising event long associated with the Hazie Werner Award. In its place, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has established the new $25,000 Snowball Community Grant.
Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said the reason for the change was part economics and part the annual challenge faced by nonprofits in assembling enough volunteers to host the ball and banquet.
Fox said she approves of the change.
"It's good to put most of the attention on the recipient of the grant," she said.
The new grant will award funds annually to a local nonprofit agency or organization each spring. The first recipient is LIFT-UP of Routt County and specifically its three food banks.
"In today's changing environment, the food banks of LIFT-UP will be called upon to do more and definitely will feel a greater impact from more individuals affected by the current economic challenges," Diamond said. "The resort's Snowball community grants will ensure that there is significant quarterly coverage to keep the shelves stocked and the food flowing to those who need the assistance."
The grant monies would come from Ski Corporation Charitable Fund, which is managed by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. In the past 27 years, Snowball has raised nearly $750,000 for local organizations.
As recently as 2007, Snowball raised a record $62,000 for local youth organizations.
Planning for spring
Fox has had a big winter. In November 2008 she was presented with the city of Steamboat Springs' Distinguished Service Award in a public ceremony. The award came with the announcement that donations totaling $20,000 had been collected in the Carol Booth Fox Garden Fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Fox, a master gardener, will put the monies to work for new gardens she is designing at Yampa River Botanic Park and at the Rollingstone Respite House.
Fox said she plans to plant brightly colored flowers in the new garden at the Botanic Park, including yellow coreopsis, firecracker penstemon and Echinacea.
"It's between Trillium House and the core trail, so I figured it would be seen from the bike path," she said. "They won't bloom until late summer, and I didn't want them to be too small or too delicate."