Steamboat briefs: Salvation Army in need of volunteer bell ringers

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— The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one-hour shifts through Christmas Eve. Ninety percent of the money collected through the local kettle drive stays in Routt County to help residents in need. The other 10 percent helps people statewide. To volunteer, call Judi Williams at 970-819-5839. For more information about the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, call 970-870-0727.

Donations needed for senior citizen holiday gift bags

Routt County Council on Aging is accepting donations for senior citizen holiday gift bags. Call Laura at 970-879-0633 or stop by the Steamboat Springs Community Center. 

Volunteers are needed for Saturday bird count

Yampatika is looking for volunteers to help with the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count on Saturday. Yampatika has partnered with Steamboat Ski Area and the U.S. Forest Service for this year’s count. Call Yampatika at 970-871-9151 with questions and to register. Learn more about the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.

Foundation is holding a fundraiser set for Dec. 29

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation is holding the inaugural Stars at Night Fashion Show fundraiser Dec. 29 at The Steamboat Grand. The event will feature some of Steamboat’s past and present Olympians during an evening of fashion, dinner, drinks, dancing and a live auction.

The Winter Sports Club Foundation is an endowment created as a permanent fund that provides long-term investment, stability and opportunity for all Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club children, athletes and coaches, according to a news release. The Foundation’s goal is to raise $10 million for the endowment; the total now is approaching $2.5 million. In 2010, the endowment was the largest single donor to the Winter Sports Club, providing $127,000 for its operations and programs. Foundation directors said the goal is for the endowment to contribute $500,000 each year to the Winter Sports Club.

The Winter Sports Club has annual participation of 1,000 kids in its winter and summer athletic programs. The club is now in its 99th year of operation.

Foundation officials said the goal of the Stars at Night event is to introduce the Foundation to the community and share its vision. Tickets are $125 per person. Table sponsorships also are available. For more information, call Foundation Director Patti Kauf-Melehes at 970-761-0033 or email pattikauf@gmail.com.

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