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Donor’s generosity could help propel Steamboat Sk8 Church through 2013

Brent Boyer

— Buck and Tara Chavarria and their Steamboat Sk8 Church have worked hard during the past eight years to provide a safe, fun and sober outlet for local children and teens. It often had taken the generosity of others to help them accomplish their goals.

An anonymous donor helped the Chavarrias expand Sk8 Church into a 4,800-square-foot space in Riverside Plaza in west Steamboat a couple of years ago. The facility includes a 2,000-square-foot indoor skatepark, foosball tables, a kitchen and spaces for youths to hang out, do homework and worship.

Now, the generosity of another donor could help Sk8 Church pay its lease for the next year.

A local resident and Sk8 Church supporter has donated hundreds of collectible items to be auctioned off this weekend, with all proceeds going to Sk8 Church. Buck Chavarria says they'll use the proceeds to pay rent — hopefully for the next 12 months.

The live auction is Sunday and will feature Steamboat auctioneer Cookie Lockhart. Items up for grabs include everything from two dozen new Persian rugs to diamond jewelry, collectible coins, sports and music memorabilia, fine art and high-end furniture.

Admission to the auction is $20, which includes lunch provided by Sweetwood Cattle Co. and Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. The auction starts at noon at the Sk8 Church facility in Riverside Plaza.

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"We're hoping we get some good energy and some money for a good cause," Buck Chavarria said. "Every bit (of proceeds) will go to paying the rent on this place."

And while the Chavarrias hope Sunday's auction can provide some financial security for Sk8 Church's primary center of operation, they're already hard at work on their next venture: opening a local sober living house.

A sampling of the items to be auctioned Sunday:

  • Signed Mickey Mantle lithograph
  • Signed Colorado Avalanche jersey
  • Signed Denver Broncos football
  • Diamond tennis bracelet
  • Persian, oriental and antique rugs
  • Collectible coin sets
  • Leather couches
  • Antique desks
  • Chairs and tables
  • Signed Pablo Picasso lithograph
  • Works from local artists

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