Steamboat couple builds home as fundraising tool for nonprofits
Steamboat Springs — The tower that crowns the roof of Guido and Naoko Costantini’s new home offers 360-degree views of Steamboat Springs, and the couple hopes those sweeping vistas inspire people to give philanthropically.
Guido Costantini has a vision for Steamboat to become even more than Ski Town USA or Bike Town USA — both impressive monikers, for sure, but ultimately, he’d like to see Steamboat earn a broader reputation as a community of generous givers.
“You look out and see how blessed we are in Steamboat, and you think about what you want to give back to the community,” Guido said while standing on the tower’s balcony. “As human beings, the ability to understand that we can make a difference is empowering, but the chance to put that into practice is life changing.”
The Costantinis have embarked upon a new fundraising concept they’ll be introducing to the Steamboat community through a series of events that will highlight and support three local charities — Selah, Yampa Valley Autism Program and Come Let’s Dance.
Our founding principle is to facilitate a relationship between a donor and a nonprofit,” Guido explained. “Nonprofits have to work hard to reach and bring in the money to operate, and it leaves less time for the group’s principal motivation. Sixty percent of their time is spent raising funds rather than working on programs.”
It’s the couple’s goal for their home, La Torreta, named in honor of the home’s signature tower, to become the prime place where nonprofits and donors connect.
“When we started building our house, we started thinking about how to have people here and how we can help introduce charities to great philanthropists in town who have the means to help them,” Guido said.
The events La Torreta will host are not typical to Steamboat, Guido said. The cost to participate is $1,000 per person, and every penny will go directly to the evening’s nonprofit beneficiary. Guido and Naoko will pay all costs associated with a night of fine wines, musical performances and mouth-watering bites prepared by the area’s top chefs.
“Would it not be wonderful for Steamboat to become a destination for Colorado philanthropists wanting to come together under one roof to say, ‘today, we are united as one in support of a meaningful cause,’” Guido said. “We’ll be bringing in top speakers and musicians that people will be excited about, and we’ll be opening up our cellar and our Scotch bar, bringing out some of the world’s finest wines and spirits.”
“We are referring to these evenings as exquisite,” said Melinda Clark, CEO of Selah, the beneficiary of the second event planned at La Toretta, which will be held in January.
“Having Guido already as a partner is such a special gift to us,” Clark said. Being part of this “was not only a vote of confidence, but it will allow us to move beyond small fundraisers. It closes the budget gap.”
Clark said the money raised through the event has the potential to allow Selah, a nonprofit that offers pre- and post-pregnancy support, to bring on new staff, which, in turn, helps support the group’s mission of investing in healthy bodies, healthy relationships and healthy futures.
“We’ve grown beyond our expectations, and this event will allow us to connect with new faces, new donors and new hearts for our mission in a way that genuinely invests in the health of our youth and our families,” Clark said.
detail of the home, including the sophisticated sound and audiovisual system, a speaking platform built into the staircase and museum-quality art on the walls, is meant to inspire interaction.
“I want the community to use our home as a tool,” Guido said. “It’s not about me, it’s not about my wife. It’s about getting people together. We’ll have succeeded if the three nonprofits are successful.”