Tour de Forks fundraiser offers dining deals

Proceeds from Tour de Forks event go to scholarship fund

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Tour De Forks has it's inaugural event this weekend in Steamboat.  Find out how your appetite can send a lucky student on to a higher education.

Tour De Forks has it's inaugural event this weekend in Steamboat. Find out how your appetite can send a lucky student on to a higher education.

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Tour de Forks is a scholarship fundraiser for a graduating high school senior in Routt County scheduled for Oct. 1 to 3. Participating mountain area restaurants offer discounts Oct. 1, downtown restaurants will have lower prices Oct. 2, and U.S. Highway 40 restaurants will participate Oct. 3. Wristbands to receive restaurant deals are $10 a day or $25 for three days and are available at the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center and All That Jazz.

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Members of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Young Professionals Network organized the event. For more information about the Young Professionals Network, go to www.steamboat-chamber.com or call Meagan Coates at 875-7003.

— A new scholarship fundraiser by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Young Professionals Network encourages Routt County locals to "eat to educate."

Tour de Forks, scheduled for Oct. 1 to 3, offers discounts to about two dozen Steamboat Springs restaurants. The Chamber will sell wristbands for diners to be eligible for those discounts. Proceeds from those wristbands will go to a scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors in Routt County.

"We try to offer monthly volunteer opportunities, and this is our big event for the year," Meagan Coates, community development manager for the Chamber, said about the Young Professionals Network's organization of the three-day event.

Discounts will be focused each day in a different area of town. Mountain area restaurants, including Cafe Diva and The Cabin, offer deals Oct. 1; downtown eateries such as 8th Street Steakhouse and Creekside Cafe will have discounted prices Oct. 2, coinciding with the October First Friday Artwalk; and restaurants on the U.S. Highway 40 corridor and other areas, such as Rex's American Grill & Bar and Soda Creek Pizza, will have discounted prices Oct. 3. The discounts are available throughout the day, Coates said. Go to www.steamboat-chamber.com for a list of participating restaurants.

Single-day wristbands are $10, and a three-day wristband is $25. The bands are available in advance at the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center and All That Jazz.

Event organizers hope to raise enough money from wristband sales to offer a $500 scholarship to a high school senior who is planning to continue his or her education, Coates said.

Young Professionals Network - a community development program open to all ages and targeted to Routt County residents ages 21 to 40 - got started in late April and holds monthly speaker events and networking opportunities. The group's philanthropic committee organized Tour de Forks.

Philanthropic committee members knew they wanted to do a scholarship project, but they wanted to offer an event that hadn't been done before, said Marion Ayer, human resources and finance director for the Chamber.

"It's something that you can do and be social, but it doesn't cost a ton of money for you to go do," Ayer said. "You can buy a wristband for $10 and get great deals with the support of our restaurant community."

YPN also has a "fresh air" committee for arts, recreation and culture; a group for events and networking; and a group focused on professional development. Registration for YPN is $35 for the rest of the year and is always open, said Molly Killien, media and public relations manager for the Chamber.

"I think what's really important to point out is that they're from all sectors of the community," Killien said about the YPN membership. "It's a very diverse group; it's a very fun group, and we couldn't be happier with how it's been accepted by the community."

The next YPN event is a panel discussion with former members of the Steamboat Springs City Council. The talk is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat. Admission is free for YPN members and $10 for guests.

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