Toys for Tots fundraisers aim to bring holiday cheer to Routt County |

Toys for Tots fundraisers aim to bring holiday cheer to Routt County

Concert, bowling tournament to raise money for gifts

Zach Fridell

— The Toys for Tots local organizers have pulled together two fundraisers to boost the event's annual toy buy, even as only about half of the local sponsors returned this year.

The Toys for Tots program handed out toys to 229 families last year in Routt and Moffat counties, but despite the success, organizers said they are having a hard time finding the funding to meet this year's goals.

The Home Builders Assoc­iation of Steamboat is organizing the event and is seeking money for the second annual fundraiser, but so far, the group has just half of the $6,000 it will take to put on the two fundraisers planned.

"Last year, this time, I think I had 58 sponsors," organizer Teri Wall said. "I don't think I even have half of that. The economy has gotten to everybody, and they've given all year long to different things."

Even so, the group has organized two fundraisers before the big toy giveaway.

For the second year, Snow Bowl is hosting a day of bowling and a nighttime bowling tournament, scheduled Dec. 4.

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Snow Bowl owner Dewey Whitecotton said this year's fundraiser would be slightly different. During the day, people can get two games of bowling, shoe rental, a drink and a sandwich for $20 each from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tournament starts at 6 p.m. With three players a team, the cost is $25 a person. That includes a couple of beers, the game and shoe rental.

"It worked pretty well (last year), but this year, I think it's going to work very well. We have a year's experience," he said.

The tournament winners also will get a donated prize.

Wall pulled the second fundraiser together Friday. She said she wanted to bring in The Nacho Men for a concert, but she didn't think it was going to work because there wasn't enough money to hire the Denver-based entertainers.

Just as she called the group to cancel, they told her to not give up so fast. They agreed to come and play a show at The Steamboat Grand with the understanding that they might not get their usual rate.

"They're taking less for now; they said if we can raise more, that's great," Wall said.

The Nacho Men describe their act as a mix of humor with "swing, '50s, '60s, disco and beyond."

The tickets are $40 each or $75 for a couple, adults only. The price includes dinner, two beers, and unlimited soda and lemonade.

The fundraising will go to buy toys for local families.

The Routt and Moffat County fundraisers were separated this year, so all money raised in Routt will go to buy toys for local children. Clothing and other winter gear will be divided with Grand County.

Wall said that when families come in to get toys, they will be asked what they need and can take those items at no cost.

There will be several toy donation spots across the county, including at the schools, and toy distribution will be at Bud Werner Memorial Library from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 to 23.

Families who would like to sign up for toys can call Routt County United Way at 970-879-5605.

Learn more

Families who would like to sign up to receive toys can call Routt County United Way at 970-879-5605. For more information about the program, or to make donations, call Teri Wall at 970-879-6184 or 970-­­640-­7505. Donation boxes will be distributed across Steamboat Springs starting Nov. 27, and a truck will be set up at Steamboat Motors starting Nov. 24.

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