Friends of the Yampa fundraiser at Sake2U Sat., Nov. 21 | SteamboatToday.com

Friends of the Yampa fundraiser at Sake2U Sat., Nov. 21

Online silent auction runs Nov. 14-21 at friendsoftheyampa.com

With the permitting process nearing completion for its Phase 1 river project with the city, Friends of the Yampa is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Big Snow Dance, at Sake2U at 6 p.m. Nov. 21.

The party will feature the culmination of its online silent auction — which runs through Nov. 21 at friendsoftheyampa.com — as well as a raffle, drink and food specials and free music by El Kabong and Me and Ed's Music Machine.

"It's our way to celebrate the start of the winter season and help raise funds for all the projects we do to help protect and enhance the Yampa River," said FOY board member Kent Vertrees. "Come hungry and thirsty, because Sake2U is donating 10 percent of their proceeds that night to our cause."

This year's fundraiser, he added, is especially important for all river users, from fly-fishers to tubers and paddlers, as FOY and the city recently received their permit from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to begin a bank stabilization and recreational enhancement project downtown from the A-hole to Little Toots Park.

"It's a great project that will improve tubing, paddleboarding, fish habitat and more," Vertrees said. "We encourage anyone who enjoys the river to come out and take part in the auction and fundraiser."

Friends of the Yampa works to preserve the Yampa's river flows, protect and enhance its access and complete the city's Yampa River Master Structures Plan successfully and responsibly. It also hosts several river clean-ups each year, promotes responsible river stewardship through campaigns and education and participates in such programs as the Yampa River Awareness Project, Yampa River Systems Legacy Project and Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtables.

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"We're very active in our support of this gem of a natural resource in our local community and beyond, and these projects require funds to support," said Vertrees. "Please come show your support by eating, drinking and bidding on some fantastic silent auction items."