Advocates fundraiser takes on '80s theme

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What: Eighth annual Colorado Ski For Women event, benefiting Advocates Building Peaceful Communities (formerly Advocates Against Battering and Abuse)

When: Sunday; registration is from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with skiing beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Steamboat Ski Touring Center, 2000 Clubhouse Drive

— Break out the shoulder pads and parachute pants.

The theme of Sunday's eighth annual Colorado Ski For Women event, "Flashback to the '80s," will pay homage to the 1983 founding of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and to some of the worst fashion choices of all time.

Between 100 and 125 skiers and snowshoers are expected to turn out at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center for this weekend's event, benefiting Advocates. The organization, founded 26 years ago to serve those affected by domestic violence, sexual violence and abuse, formerly was known as Advocates Against Battering and Abuse.

Participants in Sunday's event, ranging from novices to experts, can take their classic or skate skis to the 5K and cross-country courses or pair their snowshoes with leg warmers.

"It's not a race or a competition; it's people going out and having some fun," Advocates Executive Director Diane Moore said. "Lots of people enjoy coming and dressing up. : It's just a really fun time."

Participants are asked to make a donation to Advocates, and skier and snowshoers who give $20 or more will receive a gift bag, with prizes including a pair of SmartWool socks. Ski passes will be awarded as prizes for best costume and best family costumes.

There also will be door prizes during registration, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and a small silent auction during the event. Skiing starts at 12:30 p.m.

Yampa Valley Boys will donate the band's time to provide entertainment during the event, Moore said. Starbucks will be on hand with free coffee and hot chocolate, and participants can refuel with free chili.

Cross-country skiers without their own equipment can rent during the event. Classic ski rentals are $13 all day or $11 after 1 p.m., and skate ski rentals are $18 all day or $15 after 1 p.m., said Betsy Frick, of the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

Advocates' caseload continues to grow, Moore said. From 2007 to 2008, the total number of nights spent by people at its shelter doubled, and the shelter continually was full for a 2 1/2 month period, Moore said.

"In the past, we'd never been full for more than a few days," she said.

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