Steamboat Kiwanis Club debuts Olympic ornaments

Baubles help to raise funds for group

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2010 Kiwanis Club's More Barn ornament

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2010 Kiwanis Club's commemorative Olympic ornament

— Members of the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs couldn’t resist the opportunity to release a second commemorative holiday ornament this season. After all, the chance to celebrate with four Olympic silver medals hanging from the Christmas tree may not come again soon.

“We didn’t want to pass this year up,” local Kiwanis Club spokesman Bud Romberg said.

This holiday season marks the 29th year in which the Kiwanians have raised funds by selling tree ornaments. The special collector’s ornament bearing the images of Nordic combined athletes Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong already is on sale at area banks. The foursome won silver medals as they took turns ski jumping and cross-country ski racing in the Nordic combined team relay event in the 2010 Winter Olympics in the mountains outside Vancouver, B.C.

The Kiwanians will be at City Market and Safeway selling the ornaments from 10:30 a.m. to noon this weekend. The price is $7 for the pearl white ornament bearing the athletes’ smiling faces with their silver medals clearly displayed.

That’s not the only Kiwanis Club ornament for sale this year.

The second ornament is a traditional Kelly green with an image of the historic More Barn. A hot air balloon floats behind the barn.

Romberg said proceeds from ornament sales are used to support organizations that benefit youths and senior citizens. Organizations funded by the Kiwanis Club include Young Tracks, Habitat for Humanity and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

The ornaments also can be purchased at Mister Money USA at 130 Ninth St., from Steam­boat Springs Chamber Resort As­­sociation at 125 Ang­lers Drive and from Kiwanis members.

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