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Steamboat Sailor Luau aims to help Booster Club

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A dancer performs at the inaugural Sailor Luau in 2012. The third annual event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Steamboat Springs High School.

— The Steamboat Springs High School Booster Club and Pio Utu are hoping to repeat the success of last year's inaugural Sailor Luau.

The second annual Sailor Luau is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the high school. More than 400 people attended last year's event, which raised more than $10,000 for the Pio Utu Scholarship Fund, which is used to award college scholarships to graduating seniors at the high school. Funds also went to the Booster Club's general fund to support athletics and extracurricular activities, and to the high school's Parent Information Committee.

This year's fundraiser will feature a traditional Polynesian luau from 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by entertainment acts from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Traditional Polynesian dance will be featured.

Utu, who is Samoan, said he enjoys highlighting his culture to raise funds to help youths at the high school. Utu held his first Steamboat luau in 2009 to raise funds to help his homeland after the Samoan Islands were hit by a powerful tsunami. That event raised more than $28,000.

The popularity of that first event made it a natural to use as an annual event for the Booster Club.

"The luau has become the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts," Booster Club President Scott Glynn said. "Not only does it help with the scholarship effort, it really helps us replenish our general fund at a time of year when funds are really low because we've distributed them throughout the school year."

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The Booster Club will present a handful of special awards at the event, including the Coach of the Year award.

Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

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