A Dam good benefit in Dillon
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On April 1, “the purple house,” a landmark in Montezuma, burnt down. The home belonged to Noah Landwehr and his wife and son, and they lost all of their possessions in the disaster.
Landwehr moved to Summit County from Minnesota in the fall of 2001 and lived in a bright purple home that had retained its color for a very long time, hence the name.
“We spent four years making it as beautiful as it could be, and then spent the last two years making it a haven for Atticus (their son),” Landwehr wrote in a letter to the editor.
Luckily, no one was hurt, including the dog, whom a neighbor let out with minutes to spare. The community banded together to help out with anonymous donations, hiking shoes (thanks to North Face in Breckenridge), a donation from Greer’s Appliance in Silverthorne, and more.
“It’s the people who make (Summit) a home, and the people of Summit County show the fineness of their character daily, and especially in times of need,” he said.
Now the Dillon Dam Brewery, where Landwehr had worked as a bartender since 2002, is hosting a pasta dinner, with proceeds going to the family.
“We are a true family here at the Dam,” said Kim Nix, bar and dining room manager. “We definitely see each other way more than our (extended) families since most, almost all, are from other places.”
At least half of the Dam employees have worked there for a year, and many have worked there for several years.
“Our staff is very tight,” Nix said. “We socialize together, we play softball together, ski and ride together, vacation together, and everyone gets along very well. When bad things happen, everyone immediately puts themselves aside and tosses their tip money in a jar, and we help each other out however is needed.”
And for that, Landwehr is very grateful.
“We have been treated like family by the community here in Summit, and I know we will never be able to pay it back, but I know Atticus will learn of the integrity of those he lives around,” Landwehr said, “and that we as a family will strive daily to re-pay this community’s kindness by our deeds and our actions.”
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