Food donations still needed for Community Christmas Dinner in Steamboat

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Board of Realtors Community Christmas Dinner

  • Sunday, December 25, 2011, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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How to help

Those interested in donating gravy or vegetables — especially broccoli, corn, carrots and cauliflower — can drop them off at the community center from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday or starting at noon Sunday.

Organizers of this year’s Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Community Christmas Dinner are just about ready to go, but they could use a couple of last-minute items.

Board of Realtors member Peggy Fletcher, who is in charge of food for Sunday’s community dinner, said her organization could use some extra donations of gravy and vegetables, especially broccoli, corn, carrots and cauliflower.

“We have found over the years that people like to eat fresh vegetables at the dinner,” she said. “It’s not the turkey and mashed potatoes any longer. The vegetables disappear quickly.”

The 20th annual Community Christmas Dinner is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The event is free and open to everyone — residents and visitors alike.

Board of Realtors Chairwoman Jill Limberg said local Realtor Glenna Clark-Olmsted started the event two decades ago to give her family something to do for Christmas.

“It’s just turned into a really great community thing,” Limberg said. “And it’s not just for people who can’t afford to make their own Christmas dinners, or whatever. It’s become one of those things that’s a gathering thing for the community. It’s just a great example of what Steamboat does.”

Limberg said last year’s event served about 500 people, and the Board of Realtors expects to have as many as 600 this Christmas.

Fletcher said food donations have come from all across the county, and not just from Realtors, but from members of the community. She said Elkhead Ranch north of Hayden donated 30 pounds of organic potatoes, and Steamboat Smokehouse owner Fritz Aurin has volunteered to cook 25 turkeys.

Anyone who would like to donate food can drop it off at the community center from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, or starting at noon Sunday.

Fletcher said that in addition to the food, live music would be provided by four local bands. She encouraged everyone to attend.

“It’s just a great event,” she said.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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