2000 Scholarship Day gains

— Thanksgiving came a day early for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on Nov. 22 as the Steamboat Ski Area gobbled up one of its biggest Scholarship Day fund-raising totals in a decade.

Scholarship Day, when the proceeds of reduced lift tickets are devoted to supporting the competitive skiing programs of the Winter Sports Club, raised $31,110, according to Chris Diamond, president of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. That's the third highest total in the last 10 years.

"Scholarship Day has played an integral part in this company's commitment to supporting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, especially those children in the valley who have the desire to ski and ride, but don't have the financial wherewithal," Diamond wrote in a prepared statement.

Andy Wirth, the ski corp.'s vice president of marketing, said Scholarship Day has raised more than $238,000 over the past decade.

The Winter Sports Club's executive director, Rick DeVos, said the money raised this year would touch many families in Routt County.

"One of the main goals of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is to ensure that every child who has the desire to participate is given that opportunity," DeVos said. "The money raised from the Steamboat Ski Area's Scholarship Day will go a long way in helping us reach that goal."

Lift ticket prices on Scholarship Day were $15 and season passes were not honored. That means about 2,074 people skied that day.

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