Steamboat Springs When Linda Danter first proposed the idea of starting the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, she was looking for support from the other players in the local women’s golfing group.
Twelve years later, the support she got from a small group of women has spread across the community, helping the Rally for the Cure make a meaningful impact locally.
Today the tournament, which is spearheaded by Danter and a dedicated group of 15 volunteers, has more than 75 hole sponsors (including eight new sponsors this year) and more than 200 local businesses who support the event with cash donations or silent auction items. Last year, the event drew 212 golfers, including more than 140 men.
“The support we get for this tournament every year is tremendous, and the money we raise helps women in Steamboat Springs,” Danter said.
The longtime organizer said she was happy the support for the tournament has grown throughout the years, but she is quick to point out that the need in the community also has grown.
“I feel like (breast cancer) is an epidemic in Steamboat Springs,” she said. “With the bad economy, a lot of women are losing their health insurance, and one of the first things they give up is a mammogram. So that makes this tournament even more important.”
One-third of the money raised each year at the tournament supports research through Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. However, Danter said, at least two-thirds of the money stays close to home with the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. The nonprofit group uses the money to pay for mammograms, support, transportation, wheelchairs and wigs.
In 2010, the group, which has been in Steamboat for 10 years, filled 200 requests, a significant increase, founder Debbie Curd said.
“In 2003 we funded eight mammograms, and in 2009 that had increased to 123 mammograms,” Curd said.
She said she expects the number to grow again.
“One of the most important things this tournament does is to provide money so that more women can have mammograms,” Danter said.
Curd said the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project relies on the golf tournament and the annual Bust of Steamboat fundraiser to support its efforts. The Bust of Steamboat is Oct. 21.
“We couldn’t fund half or our requests without Linda and her event,” Curd said.
This year’s tournament, a four-person scramble, is Tuesday at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club in Steamboat Springs. There will be a morning session with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and another starting at 1 p.m. A lunch and silent auction will tie the sessions together.
Danter said the morning session is full, but some individual spots still are available.
There also is room for teams and individuals in the afternoon session. The cost to play is $100, and those who want to support the event without playing can attend the lunch for $25.
Entry forms are available at all of the local golf courses, and individuals and teams also can call the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at 970-879-1391 to sign up or get more information.