Winter Sports Club Foundation to hold golf tournament, lobster bake fundraiser

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation is hosting its third annual Lobster Bake and Golf Tournament.

The tournament starts Aug. 18 with an 18-hole, two-person shamble at Catamount Ranch & Club. Following the round, golfers will take part in a lobster bake at Scott and Charly Rotermund’s house.

The event serves as a benefit for the Foundation, which provides financial aid to the Winter Sports Club.

The cost per golfer for 18 holes and the lobster bake is a minimum $300 donation. For those interested in just attending the lobster bake, tickets are a $100 minimum donation.

The golf field is limited to 40 players, and the lobster bake will be limited to about 100 people.

The golf tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. with check in and breakfast; the lobster bake follows at 4 p.m.

“We still have spaces available for both,” said Patti Kauf-Melehes, the Foundation’s director. "It’s great way for people to find what the club means to the community. It’s a great way to show what the club is about.”

The Foundation is an endowment for the Winter Sports Club, in place to ensure the long-term success of the club.

Kauf-Melehes said the Foundation's overall goal is to raise $10 million. To date, the Foundation has raised $2.3 million. Each year, 5 percent of the endowment goes to the Winter Sports Club. Last year, the Foundation gave the club $167,000 to help retain coaches, take on capital improvements, provide safe transportation for athletes, and to fund scholarships.

The lobster bake and golf tournament serve as one of the Foundation's primary fundraisers. Kauf-Melehes said people need to sign up by Aug. 13. She cautioned the event is likely to fill up before then.

The Foundation also is part of the Colorado Enterprise Zone. Any person or business that donates to the Foundation gets a 25 percent tax credit.

The Winter Sports Club has more than 1,100 members and serves as the biggest after-school program in town.

“It’s a great opportunity to support the up-and-coming kids in the community,” Kauf-Melehes said. "It has a huge impact on our community. Being involved with the Foundation is a great way to support youth in our community.”

Those interested in the lobster bake or golf tournament can contact Kauf-Melehes at 970-761-0033. For more information about the Foundation or to donate, click here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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