Great balls of fire: Red Ball Express benefits local nonprofits |

Great balls of fire: Red Ball Express benefits local nonprofits

Boy Scouts watch as a herd of red balls roll toward the base of Steamboat Resort during Ski Town USA Rotary Club’s second-annual Red Ball Express fundraiser. (Photo by Joel Reichenberger)
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Don’t be surprised if you see nearly 100 giant red balls bouncing down the slopes of Steamboat Resort on Saturday, April 6. It’s all in the name of helping local nonprofits.

Five area nonprofits serving youth will benefit from the fifth annual Red Ball Express event, a fundraiser organized by the Ski Town USA Rotary Club that sends more than 100 giant red exercise balls down the ski slopes.

This year’s event takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, but participants can get their $10 entry ticket now, with each ticket allowing the buyer to adopt two red balls and a chance to win as much as $2,500.

This year’s event benefits Steamboat Soccer Club, Partners in Routt County, Steamboat Springs Boy Scouts Troop 194, Interact Club and the Chief Players.

“We love its inclusive approach, which shares the proceeds across multiple agencies,” said Partners in Routt County Executive Director Michelle Petix. “And Rotary supports many of these same agencies and projects that are all good for the community.”

Petix said the funds will help Partners’ marketing efforts, letting the community know what it does and that it always needs mentors.

“If we get one person to sign up to be a mentor — that could be a lifetime of a difference to a child,” she said.

If you go

What: Red Ball Express
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6
Where: Steamboat Resort, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Event chair Loryn Kasten said the organization likes that the event gives nonprofits a chance to raise money for themselves.

“It gives nonprofits a great funding source for a super fun event,” Kasten said.

Tickets are available from each of the nonprofits, with $5 from each ticket price going directly to the organizations. Tickets also are available until 2:30 p.m. the day of the event from Ski Town USA Rotarians.

“The more pre-sales we can funnel toward nonprofits the better,” Kasten said.

For $10, participants receive two numbers, with the hope that the balls representing those numbers are among the first to cross the finish line of a course at the ski area. A package of 12 adoptions is also available for $100. The person whose pair of numbers crosses the finish line first wins $2,500, followed by $1,000 for second and $500 for third.

In its first four years, the event has raised more than $65,000 for local nonprofits.

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