Friends of the Yampa’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Big Snow Dance, was a resounding success this year, thanks to a new location at host Sake2U in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event was held Saturday, November 21, to celebrate the start of the winter season and help raise money for projects on the Yampa River through town, including the freshly revamped “A-Hole” downtown.
“It was an awesome event this year, that helped raise funds for some of our marquee projects,” says FOY board member Kent Vertrees.
In addition to funds raised from a new online silent auction, Sake2U donated 10% of their proceeds that night to FOY.
The goals of Friends of the Yampa encompass three major areas: (1) Preserving flows; (2) Protecting and enhancing current and future river access through town; and (3) Completing our Yampa River Master Structures Plan successfully and responsibly. We host several river clean-ups each year, we promote responsible river stewardship through campaigns and education, we participate in the Yampa River Awareness Project, and we participate in projects such as the Yampa River Systems Legacy Project and the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtables.
In short, we are very active in our support of this gem of a natural resource in our local community and beyond, and these projects require funds to support. Thank you for coming out to show your support by eating, drinking, and bidding on fantastic silent auction items. We were glad to see you there!