Tickets on sale for Red Ball Express fundraiser April 8
Steamboat Springs — Six Steamboat Springs nonprofits serving children will benefit from the third annual Red Ball Express, a fundraiser that sends more than 100 giant red exercise balls down the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area.
This year’s event takes place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 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.
The event is organized by the Ski Town USA Rotary Club and will benefit the Steamboat Springs Boys & Girls Club, Steamboat Soccer Club, Interact Club, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Steamboat Springs Boy Scouts and the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.
“We’re really excited, because this is one fundraiser that is affordable for the families of the children that we serve,” said Celina Taylor, development director for Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. “Also, because it’s at the mountain, it’s a really fun way to show visitors how the community supports each other, and the community supports the children.”
Rotary member and event chair Loryn Kasten said the organization likes that the event gives nonprofits a chance to raise money for themselves.
“It gives nonprofits a funding source,” Kasten said.
Tickets are available from each of the nonprofits, with $5 of the price going directly to the organizations. Tickets are also available in advance of and until 2:30 p.m. the day of the event from Ski Town USA morning Rotarians.
Proceeds from tickets sold by Rotarians are given to additional organizations supported by Rotary, including through grants.
“The more presales we can funnel towards nonprofits, the more successful we consider the event,” Kasten said.
Grand Futures Routt County Program Director Lexi Miller said that Grand Futures will benefit both from ticket sales through their organization and through Rotary, which recently awarded the organization a grant for an upcoming youth summit the organization is putting together.
“It’s great because all of the proceeds go back to the community in some way,” Miller 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 2015, the event raised $13,000 for local nonprofits, and an additional $19,000 was raised in 2016.
For more information about the event, visit skitownrotary.com.
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