Rotary Club makes changes to 18th annual Ski Town Golf Classic
Steamboat Springs — After 17 years of hosting the Ski Town Golf Classic in conjunction with the Ski Town USA morning Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs will be taking full charge of the event and implementing some notable changes.
In the past, the Ski Town Golf Classic has been a three-day affair, consisting of a cocktail party and benefit auction on Thursday night, then two days of golf on Friday and Saturday.
This year, participants will have access to the private course at Catamount Ranch & Golf for only one day, June 13, after the cocktail party on the night of June 12 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
In addition, a silent wine auction will replace the live auction as the main event of the cocktail party. Although the Rotary Club will still auction off ski passes to Steamboat Resort and trips valued at more than $5,000, the silent wine auction, which will feature bottles of wine ranging in value from $30 to $100, will headline the party.
“The event has been going on for years, and we just needed a new boost of energy for our 18th year,” said Jackie Brown, secretary of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and chairperson of the Ski Town Golf Classic committee. “We saw this as an opportunity to change things up a bit.”
Brown also said the change in the number of days and the location offered the club an added marketing opportunity.
“Catamount Ranch hosts maybe three nonprofit events per year,” Brown said. “With a ticket to the Ski Town Golf Classic, participants will have exclusive access to Catamount, a private course, for the one-day golf special.”
Brown hopes to raise $30,000 at the event this year, $40,000 less than last year.
She explained, though, that with Ski Town USA Rotary Club no longer involved, the donations will not have to be split between the two chapter’s local charities as well as Routt County United Way. Donations now will go solely to United Way and the local charities associated with the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.
Alpine Bank, the longtime title sponsor of the event, also saw the changes to this year’s golf fundraiser as a positive for the Rotary Club and participants.
“Some people who participated in the past and are golfing this year are happy that it’s only one day,” said Alice Klauzer, vice president for marketing at Alpine Bank. “Instead of being tied up Thursday night for the registration party and Friday and Saturday for golfing, they can just go to the registration party on Friday, golf on Saturday and be done.”
Klauzer also said that featuring a wine auction would put a “nice twist” on the traditional silent auction.
Registration is still open for the golf tournament, although fewer than 20 spots remain. The cost is $300 per golfer.
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