Steamboat Springs Organizers say the return of the Steamboat Springs Fireman’s Ball was a red-hot success.
The Jan. 28 fundraiser surpassed the hope to at least break even and ended up netting $4,000 to $5,000 for a newly created community assistance fund.
“We exceeded our expectations,” said one of the event organizers, Racquel Lindroth, wife of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Ron Lindroth.
Ron Lindroth said some of that money will be used to help people affected by emergencies, such as when a family needs a hotel room after losing its home to a fire.
The department also intends to expand fire prevention and helmet education programs.
Steamboat’s first Fireman’s Ball was Nov. 26, 1897, at City Hall and raised money to buy equipment for Steamboat’s newly established volunteer fire department.
After an unknown number of years without a ball, the event returned this year. An estimated 250 people attended the event at Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Emergency responders from across Routt County attended, in addition to Yampa Valley Medical Center employees, Steamboat Springs City Council members and business leaders.
YVMC’s Dr. Nate Anderson was a featured speaker at the event and spoke about the relationship between a hospital and firefighters.
A bagpipe player performed, and Steamboat’s newest firefighter recruits were sworn in and issued their badges and helmets.
Ron Lindroth also introduced the Chief’s Award, which will be given annually to recognize outstanding leadership composed of vision, competency and character. This year’s award was given to the entire department.
The $65 cost to attend included a formal dinner and live music.
“The event was festive,” Racquel Lindroth said. “Everyone seemed to truly enjoy themselves. The dance floor was busy. We’ve been asked to do it all over again next year.”
— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or e-mail mstensland@SteamboatToday.com