Ski corp. establishes new fund

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has established a new fund to stimulate environmental initiatives and projects in Routt County.

The Environmental Fund is managed by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. It will award annual grants in the range of $500 to $2,500 to nonprofit organizations with the goal of assisting them in establishing new projects, programs or facilities that would enhance the environment in Routt County.

"This fund will ensure that we continue our long tradition of environmental stewardship, as well as enhance and promote collaboration and build partnerships throughout the Yampa Valley," said Steamboat Ski & Resort Crop. President Chris Diamond.

The deadline to apply for the 2004 granting cycle is 5 p.m. June 30. Applications may be picked up at the resort switchboard on the fourth floor of the gondola building, or at the YVCF office, 701 Yampa St.

The grants will be awarded by a five-member committee with membership chosen from among year-round ski corp. employees. Two members already have been selected: director of environmental affairs and guest services Lyn Halliday and director of public relations Mike Lane. The committee's recommendations will be required to gain the approval of the YVCF.

The ski corp. has almost a decade of cooperation with YVCF behind it through its Passport Club. The Passport Club provides exclusive benefits to donors who are interested in providing grants to the community in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services, and recreation. The resort annually donates 80 silver medallions, which are transferable ski passes, as well as parking privileges and other incentives. The Foundation, in turn, offers those perks at premier pricing levels.

"The successful partnership the YVCF has nurtured with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has aided in the accomplishment of great things impacting nearly every area of our community," said Paula Cooper Black. She is the chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.

The Foundation manages more than 100 donor funds and has awarded $2 million in grants and built an endowment for future gifts of almost $10 million.

Mountain Sports Media, publishers of "SKI Magazine" and "Skiing Magazine" have acknowledged ski corp. a number of times for its environmental practices. Mountain Sports Media presented Steamboat its Silver Eagle Award for environmental Excellence in 1993, 1998 and 2002. It was a finalist in 2003 and 2000. It was a finalist for the 1994 Golden Eagle Award.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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