Breckenridge: HC3 holds annual fundraiser Friday |

Breckenridge: HC3 holds annual fundraiser Friday

Tim McClure, the High Country Conservation Center founder, is honored on Friday during the organization’s annual fundraiser.

The event, in its 22nd year, is slated for 6:30 p.m. at The Maggie in Breckenridge. Tickets are $25 for adults, or $20 in advance with a free drink ticket and $10 for children.

This year’s event includes music from the Pine Beatles, a performance by belly dancers, an Italian dinner buffet from Vail Resorts, beer from the Dillon Dam Brewery and a silent auction.

The event is meant “to raise funds for the High Country Conservation Center’s programs and to throw a great party to celebrate our collective green roots,” the center’s director, Jennifer Santry, said.

McClure started the Summit Recycling Project in 1976 and was known as an impassioned activist and spokesperson for recycling. In 1983, the project closed due to lack of funding – and two years later, McClure died in an avalanche.

Bob and Rose Wentzell rekindled McClure’s dream and reincorporated the project in 1988. The next year, they started the annual benefit event to honor McClure and raise money for the recycling project’s programs.

It was carried on when the county took over the recycling efforts, and the project evolved into the High Country Conservation Center. The original mission of the Summit Recycling Project was broadened to work in the areas of energy conservation, green building and recycling and waste reduction. The center is largely supported by local businesses, members and volunteers.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at HC3 located at 518 Main St. in Frisco, on the center’s website or by calling (970) 668-5703. Tickets purchased in advance include a free drink ticket. All tickets include an Italian dinner buffet, music by the Pine Beatles, and a chance to win a Vail Resorts Colorado Pass.

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