Donna Garth encourages her ball to drop into the No. 2 hole at last year’s Rally for the Cure golf tournament at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. The annual tournament raises money for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Donna Garth encourages her ball to drop into the No. 2 hole at last year’s Rally for the Cure golf tournament at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. The annual tournament raises money for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Long-running Steamboat golf event continues quest against breast cancer

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If you go

What: Rally for the Cure

When: Tuesday (shotgun starts at 8 a.m., 1 p.m.)

Where: Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club

Details: The annual tournament and auction raise money for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The scramble format features four-person teams made up of women, men or men and women. The event includes lunch, a silent auction and drawings. There also will be on-course contests like a hole-in-one competition, closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt and more.

Cost: $100 per player for nonmembers and $55 for members of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club with paid 2010 green fees and cart pass and $65 for members without the cart pass.

— For more than 11 years, Linda Danter has been working to raise money, to raise awareness and to lift spirits as part of the grass-roots golf tournament she helped start.

Someday she hopes the Rally for the Cure golf tournament, and other events like it, will help find a cure for a disease Danter says has touched too many people, too many of her own friends. Until then, she plans to keep pounding the pavement in search of donations and support in the fight against breast cancer.

This year’s Rally for the Cure is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. Danter said the morning session, which begins at 8 a.m., is full. But spots are available for the afternoon session, which begins at 1 p.m.

The cost to enter the four-person team scramble tournament is $100 per golfer. The entry fee includes green fees, carts and lunch. The cost is lower for members of the Rollingstone Ranch who have already paid green fees and cart charges for the 2010 season. Golfers can sign up for women, men and mixed divisions.

“This is a very important cause,” Danter said. “This tournament is a great way to raise money to help people locally and to help find the cure that we all want so much.”

Danter said when she started the event in 2000, she never dreamed that she would still be organizing this tournament now or that the local event would raise so much money. Last year the event raised $36,552 — its largest amount.

Most of that money, about two-thirds, went to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. That local organization provides support to people and families dealing with cancer in Routt County. The rest of the money went to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

While Danter has played a key role in the tournament’s progress, she said she has had plenty of help along the way from local businesses, golfers and volunteers who take on much of the work for the fundraiser.

She said she could not do it without the help of people such as Gail and Don Eden, who run the silent auction; Paula and Ralph Scafuri, who oversee the hole sponsors; Mary White, who handles most of the data entry; and Marsha Prokosch, who takes care of the accounting.

There is also a small army of volunteers, including Barbara Walker, Sue Carpenter, Joanne Wiswell, Mary Effinger, Michele Matthews, Helen Bergman, Lynn Kelley, Robin Crossan and many others who pound the pavement in search of donations and auction items for the event.

As preparations for the tournament enter their final week, Danter said there is still time to get involved.

Anyone interested in playing or donating can call the pro shop at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at 879-1391 for more information.

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