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4 Yellow Foundation announces Steamboat beneficiaries of 2012 funds

— Ahead of another 4 Yellow Foundation event Saturday, three local organizations have been announced as the recipients of the money raised during the Ski 4 Yellow and Ride 4 Yellow events in 2012.

"We are really pleased to see that these events have continued over the past three years with a huge impact for the local cancer support organizations," said Steamboat Springs resident Dave Nagel, who founded the 4 Yellow events.

$85,000 was raised for local organizations during the 2012 events.

A granting committee composed of eight community members chose what organizations would receive the funds. The Yampa Valley Community Foundation helped facilitate the process.

Erin Davis, who manages the grants and scholarships for the Community Foundation, said Yampa Valley Medical Center was the largest beneficiary during the most recent 4 Yellow granting cycle. YVMC's foundation, the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley, was awarded $55,000. YVMC will use the money to consolidate cancer services. YVMC plans to announce at a later time what that will entail, according to Karen McRight, YVMC's senior director of business development and marketing.

"We diagnose and treat patients from all over Northwest Colorado for cancer care and recognize the need to consolidate our cancer care services," McRight wrote in an email. "Right now, it is a concept, and we are exploring several possibilities. The Ski 4 Yellow committee understood we are in the planning phase and are continuing to support their community-based hospital.”

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association was awarded $20,000. That money will go toward hospice care and pain management for cancer patients and family members.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was awarded $10,000 to subsidize the cost of cancer screenings for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

All of this year's grant recipients also were awarded grants from the 4 Yellow events held in 2011, when the groups split $80,000 in grants.

In addition to the grant money given out locally, the 4 Yellow Foundation historically has given a matching amount to Livestrong. That will change going forward, Nagel said, with a larger percentage of proceeds going to local organizations.

Nagel said the granting committee would decide on a yearly basis how much money to award to Livestrong.

"We still see Livestrong as a partner and a beneficiary," Nagel said. "We're really supportive of the services they provide on the global level."

The third annual Ski 4 Yellow event is Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. People can register for the event through Friday. Participants still are raising money. More information is available at http://www.ski4yellow.com. A Kick Cancer's Ass Party is from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday at Slopeside Grill. There is a suggested donation of $10.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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