Summit County Cares, the county's largest emergency assistance fund, is $10,000 closer to its $50,000 fundraising goal thanks to the Breckenridge Restaurant Association. The BRA presented Summit County Cares with a $10,000 check Tuesday. The money was raised through the BRA Dining Passport sales this fall. More than 20 Breckenridge restaurants participated in the program, which offers diners a passport for $10 which affords them various deals and savings at participating restaurants. Deals ranged from two-for-one offers, multiple course meals for a set price, kids eat free and more. The program began in the fall of this year and benefited a scholarship program for high school students."It was so successful that the organization decided to do it again for the fall and decided to pick a community-based organization to benefit," said Corry Mihm, an administrator at the BRA. "It was a really good fit. The people who use the passport feel good about it, the restaurants feel good about it. It's just a real win-win all the way around."Jen Cawley, also of the BRA, agrees. "We chose it because it involved a few different nonprofits in town," she said. "We also wanted to support them because we feel that our staff actually uses their services a lot, and we think that it's important in our community, something that's definitely necessary."Summit County Cares' holiday fundraiser runs until Dec. 31 and hopes to raise $50,000. Currently, including the BRA donation, they have raised $37,000. The hope is that individual donations or donations from businesses can make up the remaining $12,000 by the end of the month."The purpose of (Summit County Cares) is to fund those basic needs - shelter, heat and of course medical care," said Anita Overmeyer, development director of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC). "We were very lucky this year to be part of the charities that (BRA) wanted to contribute to."The fundraiser benefits FIRC, Advocates for Victims of Assault, the Summit Community Care Clinic and Summit County Social Services. In 2011 there were 800 people throughout the county that were helped by Summit County Cares."It's a great way to donate and help locally because 100 percent of the money stays right here in Summit County," said Overmeyer. "Even if it's $5 or even if it's more, that all makes a difference."Donations to Summit County Cares can be made through the Summit Foundation, either by mail or online at www.summitfoundation.org.
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