Steamboat Springs, CO – The Steamboat Tennis and Pickleball Maintenance Endowment Fund (STPME) held at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) met and exceeded the largest matching challenge hosted at the Community Foundation to date. The challenge started in late August with a $25,000 match from local avid tennis and pickleball players, Moz and Debbie Modzelewski.  During the first week of October, the $25,000 match was met. The challenge was set to end on October 15th and the donations kept rallying to the total amount of $42,100. Moz and Debbie matched the entire amount to raise a total of $84,200. These gifts will continue to support future maintenance needs at the Tennis and Pickleball Center in perpetuity.  The fund currently has a balance of $109,103.

Loretta Conway, vice president at the Tennis Center, stated, “Setting a goal to reach $50,000 and raising a total of $84,200 is fantastic. The entire community will benefit for years to come.” Loretta was very thankful to Debbie and Moz for their contribution and vision for the future of the center.

The couple decided to offer this matching challenge to create a solid financial foundation that will solidify the center’s future. Debbie explained, “The City of Steamboat Springs provides some funds each year and this endowment’s goal is to augment that budget so the center can continue to be the nationally-recognized facility that we know and love.  A strong maintenance endowment should also give the City more confidence to upgrade and expand the Center.”

When the final number was presented to Moz and Debbie, Debbie responded, “We are so thrilled with the broad response from the Steamboat community! The donations received were large and small, from full-time and part-time residents, and from tennis and pickleball players. The Steamboat Tennis and Pickleball Center is a genuine treasure and we are fortunate to have the community support for the future of the center.”

The endowment’s goal was to reach $90,000 by the end of this year and 1 million by 2029.  The challenge helped exceed their years fundraising efforts.  But that doesn’t mean that additional gifts are still not needed.  You can preschedule your donation to support the endowment through Yampa Valley Gives at yvgives.org today for December 4th. To learn more about the fund, visitwww.yvcf.org/tennisandpickleballcenter or contact Helen Beall at helen@yvcf.org.

The Steamboat Tennis and Pickelball Center is located at 2500 Pine Grove Rd in Steamboat Springs and is open daily.  For more information, visit: www.steamboat10s.com.