Kremmling’s Roof the Rink project put over the top by $100,000 donation from Grand River Ranch |

Kremmling’s Roof the Rink project put over the top by $100,000 donation from Grand River Ranch

Courtesy photoRob Young (from left), on behalf of Grand River Ranch, presents a $100,000 check on Monday to Frank Culbreath, president of the Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Association, Ted Soltis, Kremmling town manager, and Kremmling Mayor Tom Clark. The money will be used to build a roof over the hockey rink.

A large donation has helped Kremmling’s long-sought “Roof the Rink” project reach its financial goal, making it possible to built it this year and leverage a large grant.

In a ceremony at the Red Mountain Sports Complex on Monday, a check for $100,000 was presented by Rob Young on behalf of Grand River Ranch to the Kremmling Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Association.

“This is really good because this amount is roughly about a fifth of what we originally needed to build the project,” said Frank Culbreath, the association’s president. “With this money, we can now order the building materials. DMJ Construction of Kremmling will erect it. The work is expected to begin in late summer or fall.”

The $100,000 donation from the ranch is being added to $70,000 in donations that the “Roof the Rink” project has received since the start of 2008. These other donations included $40,000 from Nelson and Catherine Lane of Deep Creek Ranch, $10,000 from Sean and Guida Flanigan of the Lazy Shamrock Ranch, $15,000 from the Grand County commissioners and $5,000 from Northwest Ranch Supply of Kremmling.

The total of $170,000 in donations netted in the first six months of 2008 is being added to the $192,000 in donations that were already committed to the project as well as the $44,690 in savings by the Cattle Kings.

The Cattle Kings’ big push for donations this year was necessary because a key part of the financing of the project is the $200,000 grant that has been promised from GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado). The “catch” to that state-funded grant is that the construction of the “Roof the Rink” project must be completed by the end of 2008 for it to be awarded.

At the beginning of this year, the project’s estimated cost was $554,000. Although that sum has now been met, Culbreath explained that the cost of the building materials have risen since then.

“We’re still seeking donations to make sure we can take care of everything,” he said.

“We’re not free and clear just yet. So any donations will still be greatly appreciated.”

Culbreath said that in-kind donations are also very helpful contributions. One such in-kind donation has been promised by L.G. Everist of Silverthorne who plans to supply free of charge 100 yards of concrete and then discount the other 100 yards needed for the project.

The Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Association has been planning and raising funds for its “Roof the Rink” project for more than four years. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization has sought and applied for most of the grants and donations that have been obtained for the project.

The reason why a roof must be built over the skating/hockey rink at the Red Mountain Sports Complex is to help preserve its skating surface. The rink’s unshaded ice easily melts under direct sunlight even on cold winter days.

With improved ice conditions, the Cattle Kings’ young players will be able to extend their training and competition season on their home rink.

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