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Benefit planned Friday for longtime local recovering from ski injury

Event to be held at 7 p.m. at The Base Club

Paying it forward

When Long Island family John and Allison Busweiller lost their home in Hurricane Sandy, locals Lori Keefe and Stephanie Orozco came to the rescue of a family they had just met by hosting a fundraising party at McKnights Irish Pub and Loft.

“We had just met them and they had lost their home, so we held a fundraiser,” Keefe said.

This fall, the Busweillers paid it forward by sending a check for $3,200 to Keefe to give to an individual who could use it. Originally planning to use it as the basis for a fundraiser for STARS, Keefe said when she heard about Arnis’s injury she and STARS Executive Director Julie Taulman decided to change beneficiaries to the Arnis family. “It’s what they would have wanted,” she said. “It should be a great event.”

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to indicate a new location for the benefit event.

Longtime local, city of Steamboat Springs employee and ski coach Chris Arnis was injured while skiing at Steamboat Ski Area Sunday afternoon and is recovering after undergoing surgery at Denver Health Hospital.

The accident occurred near Rainbow Saddle Sunday afternoon. Arnis was airlifted straight from the slopes to Denver Health Hospital, where he underwent surgery to fix an anterior/posterior break of his C4 vertebrae. He remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.



Reports on the Caring Bridge website set up in his name are that the surgery went well, but it will be at least a week before definitive news comes about his prognosis. He will be moved to the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Denver’s Craig Hospital next week.

A Wells Fargo account, entitled the Chris Arnis Benefit Fund, has been set up to help the Arnis family. Information on the account and his status can be found at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisarnis/journal.



A fundraising event originally scheduled to benefit Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports has been re-dedicated to benefit the Arnis family. It will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bear River Bar and Grill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, with happy hour pricing on all food and drink and DJ Leprechaun.

Organizer Lori Keefe also said the event was centered around a “Hot Dog The Movie” theme.

“So wear your stretch pants and rear-entry boots,” Keefe said.

Paying it forward

When Long Island family John and Allison Busweiller lost their home in Hurricane Sandy, locals Lori Keefe and Stephanie Orozco came to the rescue of a family they had just met by hosting a fundraising party at McKnights Irish Pub and Loft.

“We had just met them and they had lost their home, so we held a fundraiser,” Keefe said.

This fall, the Busweillers paid it forward by sending a check for $3,200 to Keefe to give to an individual who could use it. Originally planning to use it as the basis for a fundraiser for STARS, Keefe said when she heard about Arnis’s injury she and STARS Executive Director Julie Taulman decided to change beneficiaries to the Arnis family. “It’s what they would have wanted,” she said. “It should be a great event.”


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