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Archive for October, 2011

Summit County Cares. Helping neighbors in need.

This season, give the gift of care to fellow community members.  Summit County Cares is a fundraising campaign that raises funds to assist individuals and families with their basic needs. 100 percent of money raised between November 1 and December 31, 2011, will be used to help families facing eviction, loss of utilities, illness or hunger. Last year the campaign raised over $50,000 and provided assistance to more than 1,000 locals who would have been homeless, gone without electricity, or not been able to receive needed medical care.

Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) reports over 97 percent of its clients face financial struggles because of sudden or seasonal job loss, reduction of hours, a medical emergency keeping them from work or the need to get out of an abusive relationship. By donating to the Summit County Cares fund, support is provided to clients of Family & Intercultural Resource Center, three community food banks, Advocates for Victims of Assault, Summit Community Care Clinic and Summit County Social Services who are facing emergencies.

With a goal to raise $50,000 again this year, funds donated through The Summit Foundation to this campaign will be coordinated by FIRC to assist clients and families in need.  The tax deductible contribution checks may be made out to Summit County Cares and sent to The Summit Foundation.

By facilitating the contributions for this campaign, The Summit Foundation continues to play an important role in the struggle to help families and individuals in crisis.  Realizing the immense need in our community and proactively working with local nonprofits benefiting from the Summit County Cares fund, The Summit Foundation is helping curb the shortfall of funds for basic needs that Summit County citizens see year after year.

Thank you to the media partners of Summit County Cares: Summit Daily News, NRC Broadcasting, Krystal 93, TV8 Summit, and Comcast Spotlight for helping to make this campaign possible. Thank you also to Grand Lodge on Peak 7 for making a $5,000 Business Match!

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Most successful duck races in years!

The 24th Annual Great Rubber Duck Races

Flocks of Community Support!

On Saturday, September 3, nearly 8,000 rubber ducks turned the Blue River yellow for a day.  Raising more than $83,000 for The Summit Foundation, the races were the most successful ever!  In fact, the 2011 event earned $25,000 more than the same event in 2010.

With 500 ducks adopted for kids 12 and under, The Pinnacle Mountain Homes Kids Duck Dash started the day’s races.  Age-appropriate prizes donated by Peak-A-Boo-Toys, Vail Resorts Echo, and Loveland Ski Area were awarded to the top 30 ducks.  The grand prize of a child’s ski school lesson and one day lift ticket, compliments of Vail Resorts Echo was awarded to Kristy Henry.

Following the Kids Duck Dash, the FirstBank Business Battle Duck Race sent 150 ducks down the Blue River.  Blue River Bistro’s duck crossed the finish first winning their restaurant $1,000 in advertising from Krystal 93.  Over 40 businesses also participated in a duck decorating contest, through which FirstBank’s Avatar duck was awarded the expert panel’s best decorated duck and Briar Rose Restaurant’s roast duck was recognized with the people’s choice award.

At 3 p.m., the most anticipated race of the three, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Great Rubber Duck Race began. Excitement grew as participants watched nearly 8,000 ducks float down the Blue River in hopes of securing one of 70 prizes.  Lyn and Dennis Krueger had the swiftest duck winning a one-week stay in two-bedroom suite with Interval International.

In addition to the duck races, spectators found themselves choosing from additional activities that complemented the day’s events, including the Breckenridge Wine Festival hosted by the Breckenridge Festival of Film, kids’ activities from Fun Zone Amusements, and a finish line barbecue hosted by Harvest Catering. Throughout all three races this year’s emcee, Tyler Vitale of TV8 Summit, kept the crowd up-to-date on race results, swag giveaways, and ongoing events and activities.

The Summit Foundation is indebted to the 2011 sponsors and major prize donors: Grand Lodge on Peak 7, FirstBank of Summit County, Pinnacle Mountain Homes, The Town of Breckenridge, Peak-A-Boo Toys, Climax Molybdenum, PeakOne Surgery Center, Vail Resorts Echo, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, Unity Snowboards, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, The Parents Handbook, Krystal 93 Radio, and Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center.  Thank you also to all the 200 volunteers who helped throughout August and the weekend of the race. We could not have been so successful without the support of these wonderful organizations and people!

Save the date for the Silver Anniversary 25thAnnual Great Rubber Duck Race which will be held on Saturday September 1st, 2012.

Transferable ski passes available through The Summit Foundation

The Summit Foundation has a few transferable Patron Passes, good for unlimited skiing and riding with no blackout dates, still available for the upcoming ski season for a minimum contribution of $4,000.

Thanks to the generosity of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort, and Vail Mountain, the Patron Pass Program continues to be the cornerstone of the fund-raising efforts for The Summit Foundation. 

Anchored by transferable skiing privileges, which are provided complimentary to The Foundation from the aforementioned resorts, the Patron Pass Program earned more than $750,000 in funding for The Summit Foundation over the past ski season.  This enabled 80 grants to be made to nonprofit organizations throughout Summit County and neighboring communities and more than 100 scholarships to be awarded to students pursuing post-secondary education.  This funding represented more than one-half of the $1.4 million awarded by The Foundation over the past year.

Throughout the community, businesses and individuals contribute to The Summit Foundation through their participation in the Patron Pass Program.  As the Patron Passes are fully transferable, the medallions are an ideal benefit for businesses to provide to employees, business associates, and clients, and for individuals to share with family and friends.

Businesses throughout the community provide additional benefits to the Patron Pass Program – from golf at Breckenridge Golf Club, Copper Creek, and Keystone Ranch, to Nordic skiing at Breckenridge, Frisco, and Gold Run Nordic Centers, to retail and recreation discounts.  The Foundation has also partnered with several of the nonprofit organizations that receive support from The Foundation to offer additional benefits to passholders. 

The Foundation offers several patron pass options, which include golf privileges, Nordic center skiing, and retail and recreation discounts:

  • The Four Mountain Bonus Patron Pass provides one season of transferable skiing at the ski areas of Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone, as well as four days at Steamboat and Winter Park Resorts.  This pass is available for a contribution of $4,000.
  • The Six Mountain Bonus Patron Pass provides one season of transferable skiing at the above ski areas, as well as Vail and Beaver Creek.  This pass is available for a contribution of $5,000.
  • The Premier Patron Pass provides the best value for the benefits received.  A contribution of $15,000 over four years provides all of the benefits of the Six Mountain Bonus Patron Pass program.  $1,000 of the $15,000 commitment is dedicated to our endowment fund, while an annual donation of $3,500 is dedicated effectively toward nonprofit grants.  This program is a great way to give to the community and lock in transferable skiing and riding as well as golf privileges at the same contribution level for four years.

With each of these pass options, donors may consider jointly owning a pass with neighbors, business associates, or part-time residents, and many donors establish a payment plan with The Summit Foundation. 

For more information about the Patron Pass Program, call Kasey Geoghegan at 970-453-5970.



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