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Texaco Press Release - Boulder Resident Marcia Skaro Honored for Years of Community Service

Named Rocky Mountains Regional Finalist for the Texaco Star Award


DENVER, Nov. 1 - Former U.S. Ski Team cross-country racer Marcia Skaro of Boulder, who started working with high-risk youngsters as a teacher and moved on to helping abused women and children and abandoned pets, has been named the Rocky Mountains regional finalist for the Texaco Star Award. Skaro was presented with a $2,500 check for the charity of her choice during the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Ball, on November 1st in Denver.

The Texaco Star Award honors community contributions by U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team alumni. Regional winners receive a $2,500 check for their favorite cause at the respective regional Ski and Snowboard Ball - October 6 in Boston, October 20 in Chicago, October 27 in San Francisco, November 1 in Denver and November 3 in Park City.

A $10,000 check will be presented November 6 in the name of the national winner to his or her favorite charity during the New York Ski & Snowboard Ball in Manhattan. The first Texaco Star Award winner was Jimmie Heuga, the 1964 Olympic medal-winner who - after finding he had multiple sclerosis - founded the Jimmie Heuga Center in Vail, Colo., which focuses on a person's wellness and encourages them to lead healthy, active lives. This year's and last year's regional finalists are eligible for the $10,000 check.

"Marcia embodies all the characteristics we look for in a Texaco Star Award recipient," said Polly Rua, Sr. Manager of Sponsorships for Texaco. "Through her tireless dedication and selflessness, Marcia has improved the lives of those around her. It is that devotion to her community which makes Marcia a very easy choice."

Skaro, who grew up in Frisco, Colo., and raced for the United States in the early Seventies, graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1976. After graduation she moved to Boulder and spent 15 years teaching. "I came to Boulder to coach volleyball, of all things. I taught school health and physical education and worked with the high-risk population."

"When I was teaching, I'd host things like health fairs and have people come into my classroom to discuss local programs," she said. "I listened to a guest talk about the [Boulder] Safe House a couple of times and thought, 'Wow. I should volunteer a night or so a week.' It started at one night and I got immersed in it, starting one night in the Crisis room, answering calls, then maybe two nights a week, helping counsel women who had just come through a crisis situation. It just reeled me right in. I grew up through that program."

Skaro became chairperson of the board at Boulder Safe House and ran a fundraising drive to erect a new building with expanded administrative space, counseling facilities for women and children, and out-reach services. "Domestic abuse is a learned experience, not something we just came up with; you learn it by seeing it on TV, by watching parents beat up each other, and it's obviously not good."

After the new building opened, Skaro moved from the Safe House to the Boulder County Humane Society and continues to volunteer as a foster mother for various animals (she has four dogs and five cats). She plans to donate her $2,500 check from Texaco to the Humane Society.

The annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Ball is one of the premier fundraising events for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation.

Updated: November 2000