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Community continues to gather in support of the 14th annual Bust of Steamboat fundraiser this Friday

The 14th Annual Bust of Steamboat’s live auction is Oct 16th, at the Three Peaks Grill from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Local artists have created pieces of artwork incorporating the theme of 14ner’s in celebration of our 14th year of “Protecting our Most Cherished Peaks”. All forms of media have been used including; photography, oil paintings, pottery, bronzes and even a ceramic decorated snowboards.
Audrey Dwyer

If You Go...

What: The 14th Annual Bust of Steamboat: “Protecting our Most Cherished Peaks”

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16

Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road

Tickets: Tickets are $35 and on sale at All That, Deja Vu or online at http://www.thebustofstea...





The 14th Annual Bust of Steamboat’s live auction is Oct 16th, at the Three Peaks Grill from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Local artists have created pieces of artwork incorporating the theme of 14ner’s in celebration of our 14th year of “Protecting our Most Cherished Peaks”. All forms of media have been used including; photography, oil paintings, pottery, bronzes and even a ceramic decorated snowboards.
Audrey Dwyer

— In April, Jane Miles was diagnosed with breast cancer. Last week, she finished the final series of radiation treatments, and now, she is on the road to recovery. But her return to health hasn’t come without moments of adversity.

“It hits you so fast and was really extreme,” said Miles, who has lived in the valley for 36 years, the last 25 in Oak Creek. “When I first was diagnosed, I was scared. Sometimes, when you are at the doctor’s office, sitting in a room where other women are being treated for different forms of cancer … having support just helps in so many ways.”

If You Go…

What: The 14th Annual Bust of Steamboat: “Protecting our Most Cherished Peaks”



When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16

Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road



Tickets: Tickets are $35 and on sale at All That, Deja Vu or online at http://www.thebustofstea…

For Miles, part of that support came in the form of an envelope she received on one of the bad days that often come with treatment.

“The nurse who was there said, ‘I have something for you,’ but I didn’t think much of it until I left,” Miles said. “I opened it up and saw that it was a check for $500 to help with traveling and treatment expenses, ‘For whatever you need,’ she said.

“Those kind of things that happen, that just makes situations like this a lot easier and relieves the burden for a little bit. It’s one of those things you can’t really express.”

The $500 given to Miles — and many other women in similar situations — from funds raised through the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, which will host its 14th annual Bust of Steamboat fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Three Peaks Grill. Tickets are $35 and available at All That, Deja Vu or online at thebustofsteamboat.org.

For the annual event, local artists create artwork based on a common theme to be auctioned to the highest bidder. In celebration of the 14th year of “Protecting our Most Cherished Peaks” — the tagline for this year’s event — all forms of media will incorporate the theme of Colorado’s 14ers.

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

“As we prepare each year hanging posters around town to get ready for the event, I always run into someone who shares his or her story with me,” said Deb Curd, Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project founder.

It’s a way, Curd said, to mitigate the financial burden so patients can focus on recovery.

Not only that, the event is a way for the community to gather support and encouragement for those affected by breast cancer, either personally or by the illness of a loved one.

“I think everyone has been touched by this in some way,” said Marlene Fisher, Bust of Steamboat committee member. “It’s an event that helps women get help when they need it and when they are trying to fight this. It’s scary, and anything we can do to help is just one more step in the right direction.”

Taking a lighthearted approach to a very serious topic, Curd said Bust of Steamboat features remarkable artwork that continues to inspire.

“After 14 years, I have never seen one piece anywhere near the same,” she said. “Every piece submitted has been so unique by these local artists who donate their materials, time, heart and soul into each piece for it to go in the live auction.”

One of the 24 featured pieces from this year’s collection — “Survivor,” by Steve West — has a striking connection with the cause of supporting those affected by breast cancer.

“When I took this, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for,” said West, who has family members and friends directly affected by breast cancer. “But once I had processed it, I saw a scene that was … very stirring …”

The photograph depicts an ominous storm brewing, yet includes a sliver of light shining on a lone, time-weathered tree.

“It exhibits a lot of strength and resilience,” West said. “That tree stood there in solitude facing who knows how many storms, and still, it stands. That, I think, has a lot of character, strength and power to it. I think it relates to what someone would face with the disease with that approaching storm and the unknown character of it, yet there is faith there, because the sun is just on the other side of the storm.”

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


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