Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Annual Community Grant Enters Seventh Year Granting Nearly $170,000

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-February 10, 2015-Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program will be awarded the 2015 Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation $20,000 Snowball Community Grant.

“The Snowball Community Grant is an ideal way to support local organizations that do so much for Northwest Colorado,” said Chris Diamond, president & chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “This organization is working to highlight the unique characteristics of Northwest Colorado including its strong heritage and natural beauty of this special region and the cultural legacy it instills in so many.”

The Snowball Community Grant annually awards funds to a local nonprofit agency or organization each spring. The grant emanates from the donor-advised Ski Corporation Charitable Fund, currently housed at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Over the past seven years, the Snowball Grant has provided $165,000 for local organizations.

“In today’s challenging financial environment, nonprofit organizations are called upon to a larger degree and are feeling a greater impact from economic challenges,” continued Diamond. “The resort’s Snowball Community Grant provides additional resources to ensure that programs like Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage can gain exposure and improve the quality of life for Northwest Colorado residents and guests.”

Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program is a regional initiative undertaken in 2005 in part with the Colorado Tourism Office with the goal of strengthening, supporting, and protecting the cultural assets of Northwest Colorado while integrating heritage sites and advancing cultural heritage tourism.

Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program ensures that all community areas benefit from the cultural heritage efforts and the sense of unique places prevails in each area, which creates a mosaic of the stories of places, people and power that imparts the cultural legacy of the region and its communities in order to generate economic vitality across five northwest counties – Garfield, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt.

A reception will take place from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Monday, February 23rd at the Steamboat Grand’s Mountain View Foyer to award the Snowball Grant as well as the Hazie Werner Award to long-time Steamboat resident, Nancy Kramer. The Hazie Werner Award reception coincides with Hazie Werner’s birthday (2/23/1911).

Past beneficiaries of Snowball grants include: Hospice and Palliative Care, REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide), Community Agriculture Alliance, Integrated Community, Routt County 4-H, Boys & Girls Club, First Impressions, Jeffrey Allen Dye Suicide Prevention Project Endowment, Visiting Nurse Association, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, Steamboat Springs Booster Club, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Partners in Routt County, Rocky Mountain Youth Corp, Steamboat Mental Health, Yampatika, Steamboat Arts Council, First Impressions, Lift-Up of Routt County, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Perry Mansfield, Horizons, Strings in the Mountains, United States Ski Team and Tread of Pioneers Museum.

-Happy Trails®-