Steamboat businesses finding ways to help wildfire victims

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What: Fundraiser to help wildfire victims

When: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. today

Where: Laundry, 127 11th St. in Steamboat

— The restaurant will donate 100 percent of all Monday sales to victims of Colorado wildfires. Reservations accepted at 970-870-0681.

With wildfires burning around the state and more than 600 homes destroyed in the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires alone, Steamboat Springs businesses are stepping up efforts to help the victims.

On Monday, the Laundry restaurant will donate all food and beverage sales to benefit victims of the fires. The restaurant, at 127 11th St., will be open from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

“We’d love to see people, whether they get in and have dinner or just come by and make a contribution,” said Rex Brice, owner of Steamboat Restaurant Group. “I’d love to see this as a catalyst to other people in the community to think of creative ways to contribute to victims of these fires.”

Brice did a similar thing in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner raised $16,000 for the city of New Orleans.

“There are times that it occurs to you that you need to step up and do something extra to raise money for people that need it,” Brice said.

Brice is just one of many locals who are finding avenues to help wildfire victims.

Jeremiah McGuire of High Point Roofing will use his business as a drop-off location for donated goods. Located in Steamboat at 2590 Copper Ridge Drive, Unit A, McGuire said people can drop off donations to wildfire victims through July 8.

For a list of suggested items to donate or for more resources, visit www.helpcoloradonow.org.

He said he came up with the idea after talking with other business owners. His office manager is from Colorado Springs, where the Waldo Canyon fire has destroyed more than 340 homes and claimed at least one life.

“It’s discouraging and frightening,” he said. “If it happened here people would do the same thing.”

McGuire said he will be available to pick up donated items from those who can’t bring them down to his business. For more information, call 970-879-5488 or email bpeckham@highpointroofingLLC.com.

This week, the band Copious will donate pay from its July 4 show at Old Town Pub to the Poudre Canyon Fire Prevention Department. Patrons also can make donations at the door. The event will include an auction with items from Mogil’s on the Mountain, including binoculars and a digital camera.

Donations can also be made directly to the Red Cross Colorado Fires Fund or to the Loveland Rotary Foundation. Donations made to the Rotary Foundation will be used as leverage for a matching grant of up to $10,000 from Rotary District 5440, and then donated to Red Cross.

For a list of suggested items to donate or for more resources, visit www.helpcoloradonow.org.

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