At a small reception on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Breckenridge Ski Resort announced a donation of $50,000 to the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and South Branch Library.
The check was presented by Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division and Pat Campbell, executive vice president and COO of Breckenridge Ski Resort, to Jerry Dziedzic, co-chair of the capital campaign for the project.
In a news release, Breckenridge Ski Resort stated that the reason behind the contribution was appreciation for the local community’s involvement in the resort’s Peak 6 project.
“We are enjoying celebrating the incredible new terrain at Peak 6 this season with our guests and our community. We want to thank Breckenridge for engaging in an extensive public approval process, resulting in the success of Peak 6, by giving back to another equally important community project,” Campbell stated in the release.
The Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Resorts Echo donation is earmarked for the new library’s Juniors’ Room, providing a safe place for elementary and middle school children to learn, explore and play, with books and resources for their age groups and dedicated computer stations.
“We are proud to sponsor this space for our local youth, and to join in the excitement of building these terrific community amenities for our future, quite literally on the foundation of our past,” Campbell said.
The donation from the ski resort has brought the capital campaign to within 10 percent of its $2 million fundraising goal, said Leah Arnold, campaign coordinator.
“Having the support of one of the major entities in Breckenridge is certainly a huge support to us, and we’re just thrilled that the ski area has made this gesture toward supporting programs for our kids,” she said. “It’s very much in keeping with the focus of a lot of their giving and we’re just thrilled that the library, which is going to be such a great resource for our residents and our visitors, that they decided to support that as well.”
The building first opened as a schoolhouse in 1909 on Harris Street in Breckenridge. The renovation will re-make the space into a community center and library.
“The campaign is still very much ongoing,” Arnold said. “We welcome participation from anyone in the community.”
For a minimum of $100, donors can join the Founders’ Circle and will receive a commemorative book bag, a limited edition South Branch Library card, a Speakeasy concessions stand punch pass, two Heritage Alliance two-for-one tour passes, a VIP invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a certificate signed by the mayor and county commissioners.
Naming rights are available from $250 for a seat in the new movie theater to $15,000 for a study room in the library.
Gifts of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on site on a donors’ wall, and all donations, no matter the size, will be recorded in a donors’ book in the library.
Visit www.bgvcenter.org for more information or to donate.