18th annual event benefits, celebrates local recycling | SummitDaily.com

18th annual event benefits, celebrates local recycling

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BRECKENRIDGE ” The 18th Annual Tim McClure Memorial Benefit for the High Country Conservation Center returns to the Bergenhof Restaurant at the Base of Peak 8 at Breckenridge on Friday at 7 p.m.

Live music will be provided by Nancy Cook, Randy and Gail Smith, aka “The O’Smiths,” Chuck Pierce, Richie and Faith from over the pass in Alma, aka “Who’s Drivin,” Brad Curry, Larry Keen, Mike Fauth, Moose, Ed Billeaud and Bonnie Smith-Allen. The Mountain Gypsy Belly Dancers also return to entertain.

Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for kids, and includes an Italian dinner buffet and a huge silent auction with a “green products showcase.” Beer from the Dillon Dam Brewery and wine will also be available.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said High Country Conservation Center director Carly Wier. “But it’s also a time to gather and celebrate the success of grassroots activism and remember Tim McClure.”

The organization was founded as the Summit Recycling Project in 1976 by local activist McClure as an “educational-experimental organization to promote resource conservation and reduce wastefulness.” In the early days, McClure and a couple of volunteers collected bottles, cans and paper from county residents in a station wagon.

Over the years, the organization developed the local recycling program into a stable county department and launched new programs in the areas of energy conservation and green building. McClure passed away in a backcountry avalanche in Little French Gulch in 1985.

All funds raised from the event support the waste reduction and resource conservation programs of the High Country Conservation Center. For more information, call (970) 668-5703.

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