The Colorado Grand organization has found a way to mix its love of vintage sports cars with lending a helping hand to Colorado charities. Colorado Grand runs an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The proceeds of this event are donated to local charities throughout the state. The event annually produces more than $200,000 and has contributed more than $3.4 million to date, celebrating its 24th year in 2012.This year $50,000 of the money raised by Colorado Grand is going to Summit County charities. "All the money we raise, we give it away," said Eddie O'Brien, community liaison for Colorado Grand. "It's all about fun."O'Brien presented the chosen charities with checks last Thursday at the Flight for Life helicopter pad at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco. Flight for Life received $20,000."It's an awesome thing," said Matt Bowe, a registered flight nurse for Flight for Life. "We love being part of the community here and it's great that the community feels the same way."Deb Edwards, president and chief development officer of the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation was also on hand. She said that the money will be used toward a new helicopter. The helicopter will be more powerful than those in use now, allowing it to fly faster to Denver and fly higher during backcountry mountain rescues."Our donation will save lives," Edwards said. "Minutes matter."Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Continental Divide received $15,000 while $5,000 each went to the Keystone Science School, the League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS) and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC). "It's a fantastic help for our medical surgical fund that helps low-income residents with high veterinary bills," said Susan O'Brien, the representative for LAPS.Eddie O'Brien also took time at the presentation to thank the Colorado State Patrol. "Colorado Grand would not exist without these guys," he said.
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