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Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation’s Annual Community Grant Enters Fifth Year Granting $125,000


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-February 5, 2013-$25,000 will be awarded to the Community Agriculture Alliance by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation as part of its annual Snowball Community Grant program.


“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. “Recognizing that this year is the resort’s 50th anniversary, the long term, close knit tie between ranching and skiing made the Community Agriculture Alliance a deserving recipient.”


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 five years, the Snowball Grant has provided $125,000 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 current economic challenges,” continued Diamond. “The resort’s Snowball Community Grant provides additional resources to ensure that an organization like the Community Agriculture Alliance can continue to protect the values, heritage and history of this special valley.”


The Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) is a local, nonprofit organization located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  CAA has been promoting agriculture in the Yampa River Valley since 1999 and truly believes that Agriculture Matters. The Yampa Valley is truly a unique place with a rich history of cattle and sheep ranching, dating from the 1870s, with many of the ranches still in continuing family ownership.


The mission of the CAA is to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Yampa Valley by initiating, supporting and encouraging actions, programs and policies that mutually benefit and connect agricultural producers and consumers.   CAA is committed to preserving the agricultural heritage and landscapes of the Yampa Valley while meeting current needs and looking to the future.  The driving philosophy is that the agricultural environment is a valuable part of the community and must be preserved, as once lost it can never be restored.


A reception will take place from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Friday, February 22nd in the Mountain View Foyer at the Steamboat Grand to award the Snowball Grants as well as the Hazie Werner Award to Yampa Valley native, Marsha Daughenbaugh. The Hazie Werner Award reception coincides with Hazie Werner’s birthday.


Past beneficiaries of Snowball grants include: 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, Community Agriculture Alliance, 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 the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

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