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Search & Rescue gets a hand from Summit County ski shops

SUMMIT COUNTY – Breckenridge Sports wrapped up its annual Adopt-A-Cause program last weekend by raising $11,462 from customers and shoppers during the month of December to benefit Summit County Rescue Group. Not to be outdone by the Breckenridge shops, Keystone Sports and their affiliated shops raised an additional $4,712 while Mountain Sports Outlet raised $1,474 for the same group-Summit County Rescue Group.Additionally, the stores sweetened the donation by contributing an additional 50 cents for every dollar donated by customers and shoppers. For the Breckenridge shops, contributions were up 117 percent from last year.The big winner is Summit County Rescue Group who will receive a total of $26,472 (including the matching funds) as a result of the Adopt-A-Cause campaign, now in its eighth year and part of a statewide effort among the sporting goods stores of Specialty Sports Venture (SSV) based in Denver. Throughout the state, the stores raised more than $111,000 from shoppers for a variety of different causes that were selected by the employees and managers of the shops in each region. An additional $14,300 was raised by SSV-owned stores in Lake Tahoe, the Bay Area of California, and Utah. The Denver-based company then matched 50 cents for every dollar raised in every store for a total or more than $190,000 distributed among 15 different charities ranging from Children’s Hospital in Denver, local hospices, Search and Rescue, and special children’s causes.”Despite the recession and caution in holiday spending this year, people were very generous in opening up their wallets and purses to help us support all these great causes,” said Ken Gart, president of Specialty Sports and head cheerleader for the program. “This is one of our favorite community efforts of the year and there is a friendly rivalry between regions to help raise funds for these causes that they believe in but even I was amazed to see that donations were up 48 percent from last year – that was astonishing and very gratifying.”