John F. Russell: Rally continues to leave mark on community |

John F. Russell: Rally continues to leave mark on community

— Linda Danter had a little smile on her face this week.

This after the new director of golf at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, Mike Dunlop stepped up to continue the Rally for the Cure golf tournament she started more than 15 years ago at the Steamboat Golf Club west of Steamboat Springs, In that time the grass-roots tournament evolved into the Rally in the Valley golf tournament and has grown into a summer favorite, and in the process raised thousands of dollars in the battle against breast cancer. The money raised from the event helps support the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project is an organization that helps people dealing with breast cancer, helps pay for mammograms and helps raise awareness of the disease.

For more than a decade Danter, and a dedicated group of volunteers spent their free time lining up sponsors, gathering prizes and taking care of the details that made the event a huge success.

In those years the tournament moved to the larger Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, the field more than doubled and the amount of money the event collect continued to grow. That money was kept in the community through the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and helps many local women, and families.

three yeas ago Danter stepped away from the event. After `13 years the event had grown to the point where she could no longer fund the time and energy to meet the standards she set for herself. Longtime volunteer Robin Crossan took over for a couple of years , but the demands of running the tournament were simply too much for one person.

The woman has accomplished what they set out to do. The tournament has met its goals, it has made a difference and allowed our community to support those in need. These woman, and the other volunteers, has gone above and beyond and this was easily seen by the success of the tournament. But after 15 years it appeared that the Rally in the Valley has reached its conclusion.

When Dunlop was hired earlier this spring, and learned about the tournament is made a decision to see what he could to keep the event on the summer calendar. He said it was the type of community event that the Rollingstone Ranch wanted to be involved with. He admits that the late start forced him to scale things back a bit, but he doesn’t see any reason that the event can’t continue to grow in the future and he is eager to see it sucked,

“I’m just glad to see that someone is keeping it going,’ Linda Danter said of Dunlop’s efforts to take over the event and keep it going.

Nobody is happier than Danter.

She had always hoped that the Rally in the Valley would become a community event, and that someday someone would step in to bring her level of energy and dedication to the event. There is nor guarantee that the Rally in the Valley will continue for the next 26 years, but Danter couldn’t be happier that it will carry on for at least one more year thanks to Dunlop, the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club and the community of Steamboat Springs.

This year’s event will take place on July 14 at the Rollingstone Ranch and will offer an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and will feature a four-person scramble format. No handicap is needed. Dunlop said early interest in the tournament has been strong, and there are only about 35 spots remaining. He said the tournament will have prizes, as well as fun competitions such as the longest drive, longest putt and many others.

This year’s tournament is $115 per player and includes golf, cart and lunch. For more information or to register for the event, contact the Rollingstone Ranch at 970-879-1391.

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