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Team Breckenridge Sports Club hosts spring fundraiser beer dinner

Team Breckenridge Sports Club, in conjunction with the Blue River Bistro and the Backcountry Brewery, will host its end-of-the-season fundraiser, featuring a four-course brew master’s dinner on Sunday, April 6, at the Blue River Bistro.

The evening also includes an upscale silent auction with former Olympian CJ Mueller and other Olympic athletes serving as guest speakers. All proceeds benefit the Team Breckenridge Sports Club youth programs, alpine ski racing and freeride.

Executive chef Brandon Farr has created a unique menu to pair with Backcountry Brewery’s signature beers. There will also be a cash bar for other beverages. Team Breckenridge Sports Club spokesperson Mara Sheldon said this is the third year the club has hosted a dinner fundraiser, each year featuring a different theme.

“This year’s theme is beer, so this is the first time they have done this,” she said. “And it’s pretty exciting. Every course has a different beer pairing, so (Farr) and his team partnered with Backcountry Brewery and came up with some creative ideas with these beers and how they would taste with the different items on the menu.”

Sheldon said children are welcome, but every dinner guest will pay the same price: $100 per ticket. The event also offers an exceptional silent auction, featuring a private snow cat ski trip at Keystone, rounds of golf at Keystone, overnight stays in Moab and Denver condos and at Breckenridge’s Beaver Run, skis, an MRI from Vail Summit Orthopedics and more.

“We’ve done several (fundraisers) this year to help funding for the team, to help pay for our coaches, training space, travel — the coaches in particular,” Sheldon said. “We have such a stellar group of coaches, so paying them a competitive salary is very important. Only 65 percent of our total amount of operating costs are from our athletes’ families; tuition, if you will.”

Sheldon said the club has also done a raffle and other events to raise funds, but the dinner and silent auction is a different, more elegant event, with higher-dollar items available in the silent auction.

“We are looking forward to the team’s annual dinner at Blue River Bistro and excited about the menu and fun auction items we have donated from businesses and families in our community,” Sheldon said. “The proceeds from this event will help our club continue to thrive making great athletes exceptional ones.”

About the club

Team Breckenridge Sports Club provides world-class coaching for alpine and freeride athletes. From one-day-a-week to year-round training, the team’s elite coaches and staff are committed to helping each athlete reach their potential in their chosen discipline. Programs are designed to instill an athletic way of life matched with personal responsibility in every area of preparation and competition. Team Breckenridge Sports Club has been recognized as one of the top 10 junior racing teams in the country. Since 1988, its coaches and athletes have been recognized internationally for their success and contribution to winter sports.

Sponsors of this fundraising event include Vail Summit Orthopedics, Blue River Bistro, The Backcountry Brewery and Ethos Financial. For information and to purchase tickets, go to www.teambrecksportsclub.com.

All proceeds benefit the Team Breckenridge Sports Club youth programs, alpine ski racing and freeride.

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The Summit Daily Updated Mar 28, 2014 08:51PM Published Mar 28, 2014 07:50PM Copyright 2014 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.