Dave Nagel: Thank you, Steamboat, for a great Ride 4 Yellow | SteamboatToday.com

Dave Nagel: Thank you, Steamboat, for a great Ride 4 Yellow

— When Walter Magill sarcastically said, “Couldn’t you guys get Alberto Contador … I mean, he is winning the Tour,” I figured we had pretty much lined up a successful event for the weekend. To date, we have raised more than $310,000, and it definitely takes a community. A special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors, volunteers, riders, donors, and most especially, the Ride 4 Yellow committee. I had the honor and privilege of working with these true heroes that produced the Ride 4 Yellow outcome. 

“Crikey. Will u people go to sleep already? See you in the morning, you can tell me everything you want then! I know u r so excited, but get some sleep before game day!”

This was an e-mail to the R4Y committee from committee member Tarsha Ebbern, the Australian Olympic skier who now calls Steamboat home. The e-mail was one of many distributed amongst the committee members that embodies the passion and enthusiasm displayed throughout the preparation and execution of the event. No doubt the success of the event was because of the R4Y committee. Along with Tarsha, when you see these individuals, please send on a huge thanks: 

Kerry Shea, marketing/co-chair; Jay O’Hare, marketing/web/co-chair; Darren Robinson, treasurer; Jeff Minotto, ride course coordinator; Jody Gale, celebration luncheon coordinator; Alex Pond, rider registration; Casey Barnett, Facebook/Twitter; Dr. Jon Freckleton, medical; Jody McGee, paralegal extraordinaire; Nate Bird, Honey Stinger; Dr. Jim McCreight, connector; Chad James, volunteer coordinator; Matt Stensland, photography; Webb Jones, auction; Jim Schneider, Ski Corp. operations; Andy Wirth, top individual fundraiser, etc.; Mike Lane, Ski Corp. operations/public relations; Blair Seymour, aid stations; Bonnie Bunker, sponsors; Barkley Robinson, rider liaison; Robin Craigen, Routt County Riders guru; Lisa Shaffer, lodging; Aimee Nagel, Livestrong liaison; Dan Hagney, sponsor expo; Riley Polumbus, public relations; Tania Coffee, aid stations; Julia Patterson, gratitude/appreciation coordinator; Corey Prager, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Gravity Team; and Todd Bischoff, marketing/design.

Next up: We will continue our fundraising efforts — post-ride — through the month of September to coincide with the Livestrong Foundation’s fundraising calendar.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Please visit http://www.ride4yellow.com to post a donation and also check out the fundraising incentives in store for the final fundraising venture.

This post-ride fundraising effort will span across 28 days this month in honor of the 28 million cancer survivors living across the world. Also, additional R4Y jersey orders can be made on the Web (more than 300 have been sold to date). You also can check out the cool photos from the day’s event and send an e-card from the R4Y website. Half of the total fundraising proceeds will remain local via the Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s Ride 4 Yellow Fund. We estimate the fund’s grant application period to run Dec. 1, 2010, to the end of January 2011. Once the grant committee makes its selections, monies should flow into the valley around March 1, 2011, in support of local cancer-related services. 

So where do we go from here in our quest to make this an annual affair? We are asking for your input as we set the vision and strategy for the second annual Ride 4 Yellow next summer. If you have any ideas or suggestions, visit the website so we can hear from you. Also, in the works is a sister event coming March 2011 — Ski 4 Yellow. Stay tuned. From my family to yours, thank you all in the Steamboat community.

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