Rally's success affects group

Deb Curd doesn't play golf, but she was thrilled when she learned that this year's Rally for a Cure golf tournament was the most successful in the event's six-year history.

"It's a nice mid-year boost," said Curd, who is committee chairwoman for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

The group will get half of the $19,986 that was raised from the July 19 tournament. The other half has been slated for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"One hundred percent of the money we raised will go to these two charities," Linda Danter said.

Danter, who has organized the event in Steamboat Springs for the past six years, said that most of the money from the greens fees and all of the money from the auctions, hole sponsors and drawings goes to the two charities.

The Sheraton Steamboat Golf Resort kept a small portion of the greens fees to cover costs, but most of that money also ended up benefiting the charity.

Danter said none of the money raised goes to administrative costs, and the money to pay for the use of the Sheraton golf course was not included in the $19,986 total. Danter is still waiting for a few more donations to trickle in that could push that amount to more than $20,000

This year, a record 144 golfers played in the event, making it the most successful Rally for a Cure in Steamboat. The event raised $9,741 last year-- all of which was donated to the Komen foundation.

This year, the event was moved from the nine-hole Steamboat Golf Club to the 18-hole Sheraton golf course.

The moved allowed the number of golfers entered in the event to double and, for the first time, men were allowed the play.

Curd said the money is an unexpected surprise for YVBCAP, which has raised the bulk of the money it disperses each year from the Bust of Steamboat fund-raiser, which is held in October. Bushwhackers and the Bottleneck also have fund-raising efforts that benefit the group.

The YVBCAP helps women in Routt and Moffat counties who are dealing with the effects and costs of breast cancer.

The group helps by covering everything including gas to get to Denver for treatment and costs of mammograms. Although the group's efforts have been focused on uninsured patients, Curd said it is also there to help underinsured patients and others in need.

"We've picked up a COBRA payment for a woman who lost her job, and we've paid for child care," Curd said. "We are doing what we can for local women who are dealing with breast cancer."

The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness group was started four years ago and, until this year, was supported by a single fund-raising event and the efforts of local businesses.

In the past, the money raised from Bust of Steamboat, about $20,000 a year, has been handed out to local women who were in need. Curd and other committee members volunteer their time and effort so that the group can do more for people who really need its help.

She said Danter's efforts were unexpected, but that her work is greatly appreciated by the project and the residents of Routt County who depend on it.

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