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Day of giving to nonprofits raises $738K

Representatives for local non=profits gathered on the Routt County Courthouse Lawn Friday morning to build some momentum for next Tuesday's Colorado Gives Day. Next Tuesday on Colorado Gives Day, people in Colorado are encouraged to go online and help support these vital non-profits.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After another successful year, the Yampa Valley Gives organization is setting itself up to continue to thrive.

On Tuesday, during the annual Colorado Gives Day, the local Yampa Valley Gives group raised more than $738,000 for local nonprofits.

"It went well," said Chuck Cerasoli, who is a Yampa Valley Gives board member. "I think we exceeded last year's numbers by a little bit."

Cerasoli, the deputy chief with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, said the total amount raised could increase by $20,000, but they won't know until the end of the month.

Yampa Valley Gives was started in 2014 by the 2013-14 Leadership Steamboat class, which each year identifies a project to tackle.

Cerasoli was a member of the class along with Glen Traylor, who runs the Ski Butlers ski delivery business and also serves on the Yampa Valley Gives board.

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The two of them, along with dozens of other community members and representatives from nonprofits, held up signs all along Lincoln Avenue to let people know that Tuesday was the day to give.

"It was an awesome day," Traylor said. "I think the energy from the nonprofits is fantastic to see and all the work they put in."

Traylor is one of nine people who sits on the Yampa Valley Gives board, and he will be stepping down as the chairman.

"Just like any organization, you need fresh ideas and new energy," Traylor said. "We have so many fantastic board members that are ready to step up."

Traylor said Yampa Valley Gives has gained momentum over the years as more nonprofit organizations have gotten involved and started promoting the event.

"They were out there," Traylor said. "They were actively getting their donors."

Cerasoli said participation continues to grow.

"It still blows my mind the total amount that was raised that day," Cerasoli said.

Over the past four years, including this year's fundraising total, giving on Yampa Valley Gives Day has exceeded $2.2 million.

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