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2008 Summit Foundation philanthropy award winners

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Summit County, CO Colorado

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE ” The Summit Foundation honored individuals and two organizations at the 18th Annual philanthropy awards celebration on Friday night.

About 300 friends, colleagues, community and family members gathered at the Beaver Run Conference Center to pay tribute to this year’s honorees, ranging from a teacher who inspired her class of young students to raise money for their counterparts in Asia to an organization that generated thousands of hours of labor to the U.S. Forest Service.

The 2008 awards were presented to Robin Hadley as the Dr. Oliver Stonington outstanding philanthropist; Tom Randolph as outstanding volunteer; John Fitzgerald as outstanding board member; Bob Bond as outstanding nonprofit professional; Debra Mitchell as outstanding educator; Jennifer Koch as outstanding youth; Dennis Flint as outstanding citizen; Friends of the Dillon Ranger District as outstanding community organization; and Sean Cavins received a new award this year as the David Olbright outstanding youth mentor.

Hadley, the outstanding philanthropist, was recognized for her contributions to the National Repertory Orchestra and numerous other organizations in Summit County and nationally.

As a volunteer with the Town of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, the Continental Divide Land Trust and the Senior Center, Randolph was lauded as a symbol of dedication and a force in uniting the community. He is a founding member of the Summit County Rescue Group and authored a book on its first 25 years of operation.

Fitzgerald was recognized for his service as a devoted board member of the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Keystone Science School. He has also been active as president of his homeowners’ association and with the Keystone adaptive-ski program. “John seems to pop up in situations that need help,” said Lee Henry.

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Bond, the wilderness-program director for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, has served in the nonprofit education world for 22 years, including 12 years in his role at the BOEC. He has been a positive influence in more than 10,000 lives and was instrumental in the creation of the brain-injury campus at BOEC. His therapeutic work with the youth of the 5th Judicial District was cited as truly exemplary.

Mitchell, currently a teacher at Summit Cove Elementary School, has been a teacher with the Summit School District for 19 years. As a fifth-grade teacher, she shared an article with her class about how difficult it was for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan to obtain an education. As a result, the class raised more than $16,000 for the Pennies for Peace organization for schools in central Asia. A parent noted: “Ms. Mitchell sets high expectations for her students and encourages them to achieve to the best of their abilities.”

Koch was recognized for her academic excellence at Summit High School and her extensive volunteer activities, including working with the National Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity, the International Baccalaureate Program, Crutches 4 Africa and her church. In addition, she is a talented musician and shares that talent by teaching others.

Flint was recognized for his numerous efforts in enhancing health care in Summit County and his activities with many other organizations to make Summit County a better place to live.

The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District was recognized for its efforts to protect and improve the important resources within our national-forest lands. Through the hard work of its small staff and numerous committed and dedicated volunteers, nearly 9,000 hours of labor was contributed to a vast number service project on public land, and forest-stewardship programs have benefited residents and visitors to Summit County.

A new award for outstanding youth mentor was presented this year in honor of David Olbright, who was killed in a car accident in 1998. He loved hockey and other sports. His enthusiasm and spirit serves as an outstanding example for the youth and coaches of our community. This year’s recipient was Sean Cavins, or Master Cavins as his student know him. Since 1995, Master Cavins has taught thousands of Summit County children the Korean martial art of Taekwondo. As an instructor and role model, he “walks his talk” and is a life-long student of the five tenets of Taekwondo. One of those students said: “I have become more independent because of Taekwondo. It has shown me how to act on my own and make good choices for myself.”

Community collaboration award

Since 2001, The Summit Foundation has coordinated the community collaboration award, which was developed by Shaping Our Summit 10 years ago to honor and recognize business, non-profit and government organizations in our community that collaborate to provide community programs and work toward meeting and resolving community needs and issues. Since 1997, 16 programs and 109 entities have been recognized for collaborative projects.

This year’s recipient, Make a Difference Day, has been an annual event for the last 10 years. This one-day event bring volunteers of all ages together on this one special Saturday in the fall to make a difference through work projects for over 20 Summit County non-profit organizations. Make a Difference Day is coordinated by the Summit Prevention Alliance and local residents Lyn Manton Krueger and Peggy Hiller, who were this year’s co-chairpersons. In addition to the efforts of these 350-plus volunteers and the 20-25 non-profit organizations, other collaborators included Alpine Bank, the Summit Stage, the Summit Restaurant Association, Summit County Schools and Summit County government.

Spirit of the Summit award

The final award of the evening was the Spirit of The Summit award, given to a Summit County individual, couple, partnership or family who has shown a will and character that stands as an example to others.

This year’s recipients are the brother team of Rob Millisor and Mike Millisor. Through their personal and business philanthropic contributions, they have demonstrated a commitment and involvement in Summit County that is unequaled. Their support of numerous non-profit organizations such as The Summit Foundation, Colorado Mountain College, the Summit Community Care Clinic, Little Red School House, Youth Baseball, early childhood-development programs and international poverty programs sets them apart in their generosity. Additionally, their civic involvement has made our community richer.

The Summit Foundation accepted nominations from Summit County individuals, organizations and businesses. A countywide committee, with representation from the community, business, non-profit, government and educational sectors, made the final selections.

The Summit Foundation developed the Summit County Philanthropy Day awards program in 1991, modeling it after national and state celebrations in which residents are honored for their contributions to their community.

Including this year’s recipients, 191 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to this county over the past 18 years.

Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies Jeffrey Bergeron for this year’s event, as well as the staff of Beaver Run Conference Center, LaserGraphics and Wilson Lass.

Since 2001, The Summit Foundation has coordinated the community collaboration award, which was developed by Shaping Our Summit 10 years ago to honor and recognize business, non-profit and government organizations in our community that collaborate to provide community programs and work toward meeting and resolving community needs and issues. Since 1997, 16 programs and 109 entities have been recognized for collaborative projects.

This year’s recipient, Make a Difference Day, has been an annual event for the last 10 years. This one-day event bring volunteers of all ages together on this one special Saturday in the fall to make a difference through work projects for over 20 Summit County non-profit organizations. Make a Difference Day is coordinated by the Summit Prevention Alliance and local residents Lyn Manton Krueger and Peggy Hiller, who were this year’s co-chairpersons. In addition to the efforts of these 350-plus volunteers and the 20-25 non-profit organizations, other collaborators included Alpine Bank, the Summit Stage, the Summit Restaurant Association, Summit County Schools and Summit County government.

The final award of the evening was the Spirit of The Summit award, given to a Summit County individual, couple, partnership or family who has shown a will and character that stands as an example to others.

This year’s recipients are the brother team of Rob Millisor and Mike Millisor. Through their personal and business philanthropic contributions, they have demonstrated a commitment and involvement in Summit County that is unequaled. Their support of numerous non-profit organizations such as The Summit Foundation, Colorado Mountain College, the Summit Community Care Clinic, Little Red School House, Youth Baseball, early childhood-development programs and international poverty programs sets them apart in their generosity. Additionally, their civic involvement has made our community richer.

The Summit Foundation accepted nominations from Summit County individuals, organizations and businesses. A countywide committee, with representation from the community, business, non-profit, government and educational sectors, made the final selections.

The Summit Foundation developed the Summit County Philanthropy Day awards program in 1991, modeling it after national and state celebrations in which residents are honored for their contributions to their community.

Including this year’s recipients, 191 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to this county over the past 18 years.

Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies Jeffrey Bergeron for this year’s event, as well as the staff of Beaver Run Conference Center, LaserGraphics and Wilson Lass.