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Sixth annual Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Glen Traylor, chair of the Yampa Valley Gives Board of Directors, is confident this year's Colorado Gives Day will be another success.

"This is going to be a big year for us," he said. "I can feel it."

Last year, YVG helped raise over $400,000 for charities in Northwest Colorado as a part of the annual event coming up again on Tuesday.

Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour online charity drive hosted by the Community First Foundation. Regional champions across the state help promote the event and provide incentives to keep donations local.

"This event is really about giving where you live," said Kayla Arnesen, director of strategic communications at Community First Foundation.

Organizers have made donating easy for residents of Routt and Moffat counties on the website yampavalleygives.org.

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Charities are organized by category and location, each charity has a verified profile.

"We check every profile to make sure they meet certain eligibility requirements," Arnesen said.

Five Moffat and 35 Routt county charities were registered for the drive last year.

The website accepts donations all year round, said Arnesen, but for the past six years Colorado Gives Day has been a celebration of giving for communities across the state.

A $1 million dollar state incentive fund provided by Community First and FirstBank and a $20,000 regional incentive fund have been set aside this year to inspire donor enthusiasm.

YVG will also be posting a party with live music at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sake2U it to you where attendees can win prizes for their favorite charities and watch a live donation ticker.

Traylor said he had faith in the sense of community that exists in the northwest corner of Colorado will make Tuesday's drive another success.

"Participation in this community is massive," he said. "It shows the commitment of the people who live here."

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