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Dwight Brill Celebration of Life Fund Silent Auction and Dinner Friday

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News

The 13th annual Dwight Brill Celebration of Life Silent Auction and Dinner takes place Friday, benefiting Breckenridge Ski Resort employees in times of medical crisis.

The Celebration of Life fund was established in memory of longtime Breckenridge Ski Resort employee Dwight Brill who lost his battle with recurring abdominal cancer in 1999. Dwight was a member of the Summit County community for 20 years and a Breckenridge Ski Resort employee for 15 years.

The fund was conceived in 2000, inspired by the extensive financial, logistical and emotional support provided to the Brill family during Dwight’s battle with cancer. The Celebration of Life aims to carry on this spirit of giving by providing emergency support services to Ski resort employees in times of medical need. Since its inception, employees have raised more than $157,000 for the fund. As of now, it has helped 83 employees with major medical expenses and some 300 employees with smaller amounts of aid.

“When I was injured in April of 2009, after I got past the ‘am I going to make it’ moment, my first thought was relief that I had insurance – the most prohibitive costs of my treatment and hospital stay would be covered,” said Heather Wilson, a past beneficiary of the fund. “Still, it was the end of the season, with just one or two paychecks left before mud season, and I was looking at six to eight weeks of recovery … Dwight Brill fund stepped in and helped me keep a roof over my head and food in my mouth while I recovered.”

The fund is not affiliated with Breckenridge Ski Resort or Vail Resorts. It is a separate entity, funded by donations and managed by employees for employees. It the employees’ way of taking care of their own.

All proceeds from Friday’s Mexican-style dinner and silent auction will benefit the fund.

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