Partners in Routt County debuts new fundraising events |

Partners in Routt County debuts new fundraising events

Partners in Routt County will celebrate its 20th anniversary Saturday with the Partners Amazing Race around Steamboat and the Sunset Soiree at the top of the gondola Saturday night.

If you go:

What: Partners community celebration

When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25

Where: Gondola square

What: Sunset Soiree and Amazing Trip and Gift Giveaway

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25

Where: Top of the gondola at Steamboat Ski Area

Tickets: $80 for one, $150 for two for the Sunset Soiree; $100 per ticket for the gift giveaway

— Partners in Routt County is debuting two new signature fundraising events during a day of activities this year in celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary.

“We’re going big because of our 20th anniversary,” said Becky Slamal, community outreach coordinator for Partners.

Participants in the Partners Amazing Race will dash around town Saturday morning, completing challenges and competing for prizes in a format inspired by the hit television show The Amazing Race.

Registration is closed for the race, which begins and ends at Gondola Square, but it will be followed by a community celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, complete with free root beer floats and a token mug to celebrate youth mentoring.

Saturday evening Partners will continue the fun with a Sunset Soiree at the top of the gondola — a new event that replaces the previous Java & Jazz tradition.

Partners leaders said the race, which brings together teams, will better reflect the Partners mission, and the soiree will offer a fresh new fundraising event for Partners supporters.

“The idea of working together as a team, having fun, problem solving and communicating, it’s all pretty similar to a mentor-type relationship,” Slamal said. “We thought it would be a perfect fit and something community wide.”

Several downtown businesses are participating in the race as checkpoints and challenge locations for participants, she said.

Guests at Saturday evening’s soiree will enjoy food, beverages and live music from the Jay Roemer Band, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Amazing Trip and Gift Giveaway, which replaces the previous Java & Jazz silent auction.

Slamal said that just 100 tickets, each for $100, will be sold for the giveway, and every ticket holder will receive a gift valued at $50 to $500. The grand prize winner will win a trip for two to one of three destinations.

“Everyone will walk away with some type of gift,” Slamal said.

Tickets for the Sunset Soiree and the Amazing Trip and Gift Giveaway are still available at or by calling Slamal at 970-879-6141. Slamal is also still looking for volunteers to help with the race.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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