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Bust of Steamboat brings community together for a great cause

In this photo: Tibby Speare
Audrey Dwyer

— The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project hosted its 14th annual Bust of Steamboat fundraiser Friday with a live auction, food, music and fun at Three Peaks Grill.

Local artists created pieces of artwork incorporating the theme of 14’ers in conjunction with this year’s theme — “Protecting our Most Cherished Peaks.” The art, which was auctioned off to the highest bidder, represented all forms of media, including photography, oil painting, pottery, bronzes and even a ceramic-decorated snowboard.

Launched in 2001, this signature fundraiser has helped raise money to help uninsured and under-insured women in Routt and Moffat counties pay for mammograms and annual wellness exams and to assist in breast cancer treatment costs.



Deb Curd, Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project founder, said the event brought in an estimated $40,000. Overall, she said the event was a success with enthusiasm and support from the community as well as the creativity encompassed in each of the local artists’ featured pieces.

“It is definitely heartwarming to see all of the talent and energy put into this event,” Curd said. “The exciting energy in the room is powerful.”



Bust of Steamboat attendees offer their thoughts about the 2015 event and the cause it represents:

Abby Jensen

“One of my favorite things about Steamboat and a big reason I moved here three years ago is this town’s sense of community. My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor so I was immediately drawn to the Bust of Steamboat (I’ve been going for three years now). I was introduced to it through the artists of Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery who every year donate pieces. This year the Circle 7 artistss’ pieces helped raise over $4,500.”

Johrene Meyers

“This event makes everyone aware that breast cancer really can and does take lives. But this is such a great community that really embraces a challenge and steps up when it needs to support a cause. I love the creativity at Bust of Steamboat, and it’s a surprise every year to see what the artists come up with. It’s an event everyone looks forward to attending.”

Kathy Thayer

“You get to unite with other women who also want to help raise awareness for breast cancer. There are many who can’t afford something like mammograms, and this gives them a way to pay for that. I’ve been doing this for five years, and it’s fun to see what the other artists come up with each year and how they interpret the themes.”

Jenna Knowles

“That was my fifth Bust of Steamboat. It’s a fun event every year for a great cause. The mood is always uplifting and encouraging. It’s also a special occasion, knowing that the donations raised from the Bust of Steamboat go to help local families. It has been a great opportunity to bid on fun and unique artwork. We now proudly feature five pieces (one from each year) at Rocky Mountain Remedies.”

Rachael Shiebler

“This is my first time attending the event and I think it’s a fantastic way to be able to support other women. It’s such a great cause in a creative way to raise money through this fun event.”

Annette Kahn

“Save the ta-tas! So many people have given up a lot because of breast cancer. And this event is a great way to raise awareness and support to get the message across about how this affects people.”

Steve West

“I’m always impressed with the committee’s enthusiasm and dedication. It’s such a worthy cause and a really worthwhile thing to do. I have family members and friends who have lost their lives from breast cancer, and it’s a really important cause because its objective is to increase awareness of breast cancer and to give support and money to women who really need the help.”

Marlene Fisher

“There are so many fundraisers in our community, but this one is special to me, and I think people keep coming back to it because so many people had a sister, aunt, mom or friend who has fought breast cancer. It’s scary, and anything we can do to help is just one more step in the right direction.”

George Fargo

“My painting is ‘Finding Peace’ featuring a woman in self discovery looking for inner strength and peace. I have been participating each year in the Bust of Steamboat because I believe in contributing my talent to help organizations just like this one. It’s a small, local event that is for a great cause.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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