Steamboat Springs There was so much support for the 20th annual Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Community Christmas Dinner that some of the volunteers didn’t even get to work.
Board of Realtors Chairwoman Jill Limberg, who organized the 20th annual dinner, said volunteers, and food, kept coming during the free event from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. She said about 200 Realtors and members of the community signed up to help out.
“We wanted to help and we ended up eating and really enjoyed it,” said Steamboat resident Sally Pezzoli, who attended her first Community Christmas Dinner with her husband, Rick. The couple also donated yams to the event.
Less than halfway through the dinner, Limberg said things were running smoothly. She said they expected to serve about 600 people and were well on their way to that mark. Limberg said nearly every seat at each of the 18 tables was filled from the moment the dinner service began.
“We see a lot of the same people every year,” she said. “They bring friends and their friends bring friends. That’s the whole idea, that this is a community dinner. It’s not just for people who can’t afford to make their own dinner. It’s for everyone.”
Steamboat residents Al and Dee Luce and their son, Jess, visiting from Minneapolis, said they’ve attended the Community Christmas Dinner at various times during the years. Working in the resort industry, they said it was nice not to have to cook dinner.
Steamboat residents Greg and Chris Pohlman attended the dinner for the first time with their sons Garrett, 16, and Grant, 11. Greg Pohlman said the family donated some food but also wanted to take part in the community event.
“I think it’s neat the Realtors do this for the community, to help support the community, to give everyone a chance to come see each other and celebrate Christmas,” he said.
Limberg said Steamboat Smokehouse owner Fritz Aurin cooked 26 turkeys that were served during the dinner. The Egg & I, Subway and Elkhead Ranch north of Hayden also donated food.
Four groups of musicians provided entertainment during the four-hour-long dinner service — the Yampa Valley Boys; the Barefoot Drifters; Paul Hands, Jonathan Hands and Tim Trumball; and Lianne Pyle and Mark Johnson.
Realtor Glenna Clark-Olmsted, who started the event two decades ago, said it’s come a long way.
“The very first year we served 36 people,” she said. “It’s just grown into this wonderful community event. I (organized) the first 10 years, but it’s really the community that’s helped it evolve to this.”
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