Roof collapse won’t stop 28th Tim McClure Benefit from being biggest yet
March 8, 2017
When the Ten Mile Room's roof collapsed, where the High County Conversation Center had planned to have its biggest annual fundraiser yet, event organizer Jenny Hammock went into a panic.
The structural failure at the Breckenridge Ski Resort community room certainly wasn't something the recycling group's community programs coordinator had planned for. With the 28th Tim McClure Benefit and its $50,000 fundraising goal hanging in the balance, it wasn't immediately clear how things might work out.
Breckenridge has donated use of the room in years past, and that was again the plan this time — that is until the roof came crashing down on Jan. 11 under the heavy snow.
Still, with the event set for the second week of March — this Friday — there was time to make adjustments, but Hammock wasn't sure, at least early on, where they might move the event to, what they could find three months beforehand or whether they would have to pay for the new one. At one point, she said, she feared they might just have to cancel.
"Yeah, the roof caved in, and there were a couple days of panic," Hammock said, explaining that she held off contacting officials with Vail Resorts immediately because she knew they had their hands full.
Then she sent an email and got the good news: The deal remained in place and the conservation group would have its pick of a number of possible replacement venues — including the eventual pick, the DoubleTree in Breckenridge.
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"They came through for us in a big way and made a really smooth transition," Hammock said of Vail Resorts, which owns Breckenridge. "It ended up working out in the long run, and we're really thankful."
It's a good thing it did, Hammock added, because this year's fundraiser comes with added urgency and a fundraising goal that's roughly double what has been generated in previous years.
"That's a huge step for us," Hammock said of the $50,000 target, explaining that they're upping their game now that the county's recycling programs are in crisis and funding for local recycling operations is at risk.
That means that, with all the bells and whistles of previous years, the Tim McClure Benefit has some additions, which Hammock believes will make the 28th annual benefit the best yet.
Those additions include incorporating more games at the benefit for the family, such as trivia and a scavenger hunt. They're also adding a couple new fundraising techniques and will be selling gift certificates in bundles this year while a new band, Ms Amy and the Jet Set, plays Americana and bluegrass music.
Attendees also will be treated to tastings from local brewers, including The Bakers' Brewery, Broken Compass Brewing, Dillon Dam Brewery, Outer Range Brewing Company, and Pug Ryan's Brewery, while people try spirits from Breckenridge Distillery and samples of a variety of Colorado wines.
Additionally, Hammock plugged the benefit's silent auction — billed as one of the biggest in the county — while the always-popular EveryBelly dancers, who include a participatory element, have created a new, expanded dance routine for the benefit this year.
"We've found the participants really love (the dancers) and it's a great way for them to display their skills as well," Hammock said. "Yeah, we're really excited. We have a lot of new things going on and it should be the biggest and best event we've had so far."
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. VIP passes are $50 and available at HighCountryConservation.org or by calling 970-668-5703.
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