Annual benefit sees big turnout |

Annual benefit sees big turnout

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

BRECKENRIDGE ” Replacing the “f” with a “p” at the end of “Bergenhof” seemed an apt re-name for the restaurant on Friday evening as parents, kids and single folks gathered like a grand family to benefit Summit County’s recycling and conservation efforts.

The 17th annual Tim McClure Memorial Benefit, produced by the High Country Conservation Center (HCCC) and sponsored by a long list of local enterprises, drew hundreds of people.

From a modest stage next to the Silver Bullet Saloon, Nancy Cook and a slew of local musicians again proved a timeless musical phenomenon: Harmony perpetuates.

“It’s awesome. It’s a full house,” said HCCC executive director Carly Wier, of the organization’s biggest annual function. “There are a lot of great local faces that I hope to see every year.”

The $15 admission to the event bought dinner, dessert, live music, a belly dancing show and access to the silent auction, which featured more than 150 items, including ski passes, a hut trip and recycled goods galore.

When Tim McClure founded Summit County’s recycling projects in 1976, he stated the mission was to promote resource conservation and reduce wastefulness, said Wier.

“That’s a really broad mission,” said Wier. “We’ve been focusing on recycling, and we’ve been the (unofficial) resource for energy conservation for the past couple years because there was nobody else talking about it.”

So High Country Conservation Center is the new name for an old entity (the Summit Recycling Project) since the county took over the recycling operation on Jan. 1.

The change saw six of the project’s staff members become county employees, and the change frees up more resources for HCCC to do different projects.

Wier said the HCCC’s goals for the current year include hosting a successful Earth Day event,

creating the Master Mountain Compost Program, helping facilitate efficient building codes throughout Summit County and launching its new Home Energy Audit Program.

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