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Steamboat’s Nancy Kramer becomes 27th woman chosen for Hazie Werner Award of Excellence

Nancy Kramer, longtime Steamboat Springs resident and dedicated community activist, has been selected as the 2015 Hazie Werner Award for Excellence recipient by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. She will be honored at a Feb. 23 reception at the Steamboat Grand.
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If you go

What: Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Summit - a series of short presentations and exchanges of information on promoting cultural and historic sites in a five-county region

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 12

Where: Citizen’s Hall, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs

Cost: Free to the public

What: Reception for 2015 Hazie Werner Award of Excellence recipient Nancy Kramer and presentation of the Snowball Grant to the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Feb. 23

Where: Mountain View Foyer in the Steamboat Grand Hotel, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

— This has been a big week for former city councilwoman and Steamboat Springs Arts Council director Nancy Kramer. In addition to hosting a summit meeting Thursday for the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program, which she runs, Kramer was named the 2015 recipient of the Hazie Werner Award of Excellence.

But that’s not all.

The Cultural Heritage Program will be awarded the 2015 Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s $20,000 Snowball Community Grant Feb. 23. The funding will be used to continue the organization’s work of providing a coordinated marketing arm for cultural and historic venues in 17 communities in the region.



“It’s just fabulous,” Kramer said Wednesday. “Hazie was my neighbor for years. When she had Werner’s Storm Hut (at the corner of Ninth and Lincoln) and the sidewalk sale came around, she always called my restaurant to order ham-and-cheese croissants for her employees. The timing (of the grant) is perfect. It will be a grand celebration for our program tomorrow.”

If you go

What: Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Summit – a series of short presentations and exchanges of information on promoting cultural and historic sites in a five-county region



When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 12

Where: Citizen’s Hall, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs

Cost: Free to the public

What: Reception for 2015 Hazie Werner Award of Excellence recipient Nancy Kramer and presentation of the Snowball Grant to the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Feb. 23

Where: Mountain View Foyer in the Steamboat Grand Hotel, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

Diane Moore, executive director of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, and the 2010 recipient of the Hazie Werner Award, has known Kramer since the early 1980s when they frequently saw each other at dinner parties.

“It’s wonderful timing for Nancy, but also for her program,” Moore said. “What a nice thing for Ski Corp. to be a part of. I often say that Nancy is a force, and she has an incredible amount of energy and passion, whether it’s for nonprofits, making cheesecake, or music in church.”

Kramer’s cheesecake does enjoy legendary stature in Steamboat, and she ran a successful restaurant, In Season Bakery Cafe on 11th Street, before selling it.

But when she first arrived in the Yampa Valley in 1974, Kramer was intent on pursuing a nursing career at Routt Memorial Hospital where she became supervisor of the surgical department. She left the hospital in 1980 to become a school and public health nurse.

“Nancy has focused her professional career across a wide spectrum of areas throughout the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado that spans cultural, business, civic and nonprofit interests,” Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Diamond said in a news release. “Through all of her community giving, activism and personal determination, Nancy embodies the can-do spirit and personal characteristics that Hazie Werner held high during her lifetime.”

Werner ran a landmark ski shop with locations at the base of the mountain and in the heart of downtown, and her lasting gifts to the community also included three children who became Olympic skiers: Loris Werner, Buddy Werner and Skeeter Werner Walker.

Kramer’s current passion, the Northwest Colorado Cultural and Heritage Tourism Project, is poised to enter a new era as it formalizes its not-for-profit status at the same time it enjoys new recognition and a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office. There is also the prospect of a multi-year grant from the State Historical Fund on the horizon.

The work of the regional tourism project includes proposing one-day itineraries for visitors to the region on its Web page.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1


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