$250,000 Donation Makes a Significant Impact on Children and Youth

The Summit Foundation was selected to receive a $250,000 personal donation from Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam to benefit two collaborative programs in our community: CATCH and the Mountain Futures Center.

CATCH is an afterschool and summer enrichment program that serves 250 children across Summit County. The donation will provide instructor and program fees to help ensure that the children and their families will continue to have affordable care. CATCH is a collaboration between Keystone Science School, the Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Summit School District and The Summit Foundation.

The Mountain Futures Center is a new partnership with Summit School District, Colorado Mountain College, individual donors and The Summit Foundation. The effort will expand on a pilot program at Summit High School that offers planning tools, resources and support for students to determine an affordable path to complete college or other post-secondary education options.

“The Summit Foundation is honored to receive this generous donation, and it will make a significant difference for these collaborations that assist the youth and working families of Summit County,” said Mark Spiers, President of The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees. 

This donation is part of $1.6 million contribution that the couple recently donated to eight nonprofits serving children and families in communities where Vail Resorts operates.

“The welfare of children and families in our local communities who are most vulnerable requires our attention, and we feel fortunate to be able to support some outstanding non-profit organizations who work tirelessly to serve them,” Katz said. “We hope our contributions serve as a catalyst for others to join our efforts to help ensure the vibrancy of these incredible cities and towns.”


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