Snowmobile for Life Poker Run- February 8th, 2014 in Grand Lake, Colorado Benefiting Flight for Life Colorado

For the 13th year, the Annual Snowmobile for Life Poker Run, will raise funds for St. Anthony Health Foundation Flight for Life Colorado. The event will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in Grand Lake, CO. The Grand Lake Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and Denver’s Mile High Snowmobile Club will co-host the event. Since its inception, the event has contributed more than $75,000 to Flight for Life Colorado. Last year, it raised nearly $9,000.

The date for this year’s event is Saturday, February 8, 2014 and will be held in beautiful Grand Lake, Colorado.  We would like to invite all of you to attend the event.  Registration begins at 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Community House located in the center of downtown Grand Lake.  The Poker Run is from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Ride at your own pace.   Poker Hands are $5.00 per hand or 5 hands for $20.00. CASH or CHECK ONLY. NO Credit or Debit Cards accepted. Cash prizes of $700 for 1st prize, $200 for 2nd prize and $100 for 3rd prize will be awarded at the Award's Ceremony that will be held after the Silent Auction.Silent Auction closes at 4:30pm.  Awards Ceremony and after party at Pancho & Lefty's in Grand Lake at 5:30pm.

We invite you to consider supporting Flight for Life Colorado with a donation to the 2014 Snowmobile For Life Poker Run.  You can support the event by volunteering.   Interested in volunteering? Go to Another way to support the event is either a cash donation or in-kind gifts which will be used as part of the annual silent auction after the Poker Run or by purchasing poker hands and participating in the poker run.   By supporting this event, you will be helping Flight For Life Colorado continue the amazing life-saving work they do every day. St. Anthony Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization and cash donations and in-kind gift's are tax deductible.  

Leslie Strate, President of St. Anthony Health Foundation says, “Our partnership with Trail Blazers and Mile High Snowmobile Clubs exemplifies the importance of community support for the nonprofit Flight for Life Colorado. Proceeds from the long-standing Snowmobile for Life Poker Run have supported equipment needs such as helicopter night-vision goggles, neonate isolettes to transport the smallest of babies, a state-of-the-art communication system at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, and even a new high-altitude Eurocopter AS 350 B3E rescue helicopter for the Summit County Flight For Life Colorado base.
This year’s proceeds will assist Flight for Life in its quest to obtain a “Skills Lab on the Road.” Housed in a specially outfitted “bus,” thismobile training facility will have the latest life-saving technology onboard. Its two training spaces –a helicopter interior and an emergency room bay – will feature human simulators, which accurately mirror human responses to CPR, intubation, IV medication, ventilation and catheterization. The mobile “skills lab” will travel to all FFL bases across Colorado, ensuring flight crews maintain the advanced skills that make FFL Colorado the leader in emergency transport, both today and for years to come.
Who We Are              
The first civilian hospital-based emergency medical helicopter service in the U.S. started in Denver, Colorado. Today, after more than 84,000 life-saving flights, St. Anthony Hospital’s commitment to providing this critical community asset is as strong as ever.

With support from the St. Anthony Health Foundation, Flight For Life answers the call 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and the patient’s ability to pay is never a question. When minutes mean the difference between life or death, Colorado depends and calls on Flight For Life. Proud of our past and striving for excellence in the future, our dedicated staff will continue to respond to emergencies with life-saving precision and speed.

Flight For Life’s orange helicopters, airplanes, and ground transportation units stand ready in part because of donations from the community.

Our Mission                                        

For nearly 40 years, Flight for Life Colorado has been dedicated to transporting any patient in need, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay or insurance status. Each year, flight teams provide more than $4 million in charity and uncompensated care.  We could not do this without volunteers or donations from the community.

Among Flight for Life's more visible missions:  The 1976 collapse of a Vail ski area gondola that killed four and injured eight others; delivering food and emergency supplies to the victims of the Big Thompson Canyon flood in 1976; evacuating wounded skiers after Keystone's Teller lift collapse.  After the 9/11attacks:  Kathleen Caughron Mayer, a former flight nurse who is now Flights for Life's Program Director still fights tears when she remembers that mission.  "It was just us in the air and the military" she said, eyes swelling.  "I went to the airport to help deliver the blood and I listened in as the plane made it across the country.  Remembering the Detroit air control still gets to me.  They said "We have you on radar, we know your mission and Godspeed!!!!"

 As you plan your charitable giving for 2014 please remember Flight for Life Colorado and the 109,000 lives saved by our nation’s first civilian, nonprofit air ambulance.  For more information on the 2014 Snowmobile for Life Poker Run, please contact Toni Boettcher at 720.208.6692 or email: