Lauren Requist skis during the 11th annual Ski For Women fundraiser. The event raise $6,000 this year.

Photo by Scott Franz

Lauren Requist skis during the 11th annual Ski For Women fundraiser. The event raise $6,000 this year.

Ski For Women in Steamboat brings in more than $6K for Advocates group

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11th annual Ski For Women event

Watch a video of this year's Ski For Women event that brought in $6,000 for the Advocates Building Peaceful Communities group.

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Carrie Requist, dressed as a superhero, leads a pack of skiers at the start of the 11th annual Ski For Women fundraiser, which benefited Advocates Building Peaceful Communities.

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Berit Baker, 5, skis during the 11th annual Ski For Women fundraiser, which benefited Advocates Building Peaceful Communities.

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Kristin Bantle, left, skis as Xena the Warrior Princess with Zuzu Gibbs, a snow leopard, during the 11th annual Ski For Women fundraiser.

— Nobody pushed hard to cross the finish line first at the 5K race Sunday along the rolling hills of the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Nobody kept any record of the finishing order because the race wasn’t for personal glory.

Instead, about 50 snowshoers and skiers, some of them costume clad, arrived at a festive and balloon-filled finish line knowing they had supported an important cause.

“It’s a great family event and a great thing to do for the community,” said Carrie Requist, who brought her whole family to the 11th annual Ski for Women fundraiser that brought in more than $6,000 for Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and the victims of sexual and domestic violence it serves. “And this time, we raided the costume box.”

Tutus, a cape and a Pepe Le Pew outfit were the costumes of choice for the Requist family who took home the prize for best costume. They were joined by a penguin, Xena the Warrior Princess, Dr. Seuss characters and others who adhered to the fundraisers “Ski Town Toons” theme.

Riders who donated more than $30 to Advocates received a goody bag that included SmartWool socks and a chili lunch served to the tune of the Yampa Valley Boys. A silent auction also benefited Advocates.

“It’s usually great weather and a bunch of fun women and good food and a fun atmosphere,” said Diane Dwire, who skied to the finish line dressed as Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1.

The donations from the riders will be used to help the victims of domestic and sexual violence. And although turnout was down from the previous year’s fundraiser that attracted 100 riders, Diane Moore, executive director of Advocates, said the nonprofit always is grateful for the support. She added that an increase in sponsorships from the medical community this year allowed the fundraiser to bring in more than the $5,000 it raised in 2011. This year’s fundraiser netted a near equal amount from business sponsorships, rider donations and proceeds from the silent auction.

“I’m very pleased and very appreciative for the support,” Moore said after the race. “It will make a nice difference and supplement some of the money that is not available anymore at a time when we’re busy, very busy as far as our crisis work.”

Moore said the number of nights victims spent in the shelter tripled from about 450 in 2010 to 1,300 last year. She added that Sunday’s fundraiser will specifically support Advocates’ civil protection order program, which aids victims as they navigate the legal system. Because the needs in the community are great, Moore said every dollar helps.

“We’re doing more with less these days, and that’s not uncommon for nonprofits,” Moore said. “That’s why these fundraisers are so important.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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