Summit Foundation’s Parade of Homes raises record funds |

Summit Foundation’s Parade of Homes raises record funds

Summit County Builders and Parade of Home committee members present a donation to the Summit Foundation. From left to right: Asa Nimityongskul, POH Committee member; Denny Rogstad, Breckenridge Building Center and incoming SCBA President; Nancy Andersen, Cornerstone Creations and current SCBA President; Marilyn Hogan, SCBA Executive Officer; Jeanne Bistranin, Summit Foundation Executive Director; Beth Thompson, POH Committee and Inside Source; Linda Miller, POH Committee Chair and Aspen Grove Kitchen and Bath; and Elisabeth Lawrence, POH Committee and Events and Marketing Coordinator with the Summit Foundation.
Mary Patrick Moorefield | special to the daily |

Parade of Homes raises record funds

The 21st annual Parade of Homes attracted record crowds and raised a significant amount of money for The Summit Foundation.

On Nov. 18, the Summit County Builders Association presented a check in the amount of $35,784 to The Summit Foundation. A $15 admission fee for the home tour generated the funds.

Marilyn Hogan, executive director of the Builders Association, noted that this year’s donation eclipsed last year’s total by more than $4,800.

Estimating the crowd over the two-weekend event at more than 2,700, she attributed the numbers to several factors. In addition to an extensive advertising campaign, she noted that Mother Nature and the National Football League helped the cause.

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“The weather was perfect, and there was not a Broncos football game,” she said. “Many people know we have a great parade of homes, and they come back.”

This marks the 11th year the builders association donated home parade revenues to The Summit Foundation. Since 2005, the Parade of Homes has raised $255,911 the local non-profit.

The 22nd Annual Summit County Builders Association Parade of Homes for 2016 will be held the last two weekends in September. Dates are Sept. 17-18 and 24-25. For more information, visit

$1 LED light bulb sale in Breck

The Town of Breckenridge will hold a “Bright Friday” sale on LED light bulbs on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Breckenridge Police Station.

The sale is being presented by Breck’s Green Team and will provide a low-cost way — $1 per bulb — for residents to lower their carbon footprint by retrofitting homes with energy efficient LEDs.

The town’s SustainableBreck Action Plan encourages the reduction of carbon emissions so the Town has committed resources to assisting homeowners with energy savings. This LED light bulb offer is a low-cost, easy-entry way to assist residents with energy reduction.

The sale will offer LED light bulbs, equivalent to 60-watt incandescent bulbs, at an 80-percent cost saving on retail rates. Cash or credit cards will be accepted.

Also residents are encouraged to bring old compact fluorescent light bulbs to the sale, so they can be safely disposed of at no cost to the consumer. CFL bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury that must be properly recycled and should never be disposed of as trash.

LED bulbs use approximately 11 percent of the energy used by regular incandescent bulbs and have a significantly longer lifespan.

The Breckenridge Police Station is located at 150 Valley Brook Road, Breckenridge. For questions about the LED bulb sale, contact Mark Truckey, Town of Breckenridge Community Development, at 970-453-3184 or

Keystone Resort hosts coat drive

Keystone Resort will host its annual Outpost Dining Coat Drive over next two weekends. Donate a winter coat to keep someone warm this season and receive half-off your dinner tab at the resorts signature on-mountain restaurants, Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Cheese.

The coat drive will be held on Dec. 4 to 5 and Dec. 11 to 12. The event will benefit the Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC)

“The Annual Outpost Dining Coat Drive provides a great opportunity for guests to give back to the local community this holiday season and enjoy a fantastic discount at two of Keystone’s most unique mountain dining experiences,” said Brian Haemmerle, general manager of the Outpost at Keystone. “Last year, we collected and donated 179 coats to help local families in need here in Summit County and this year our goal is to reach at least 200 coats.”

All guests in the party must bring a coat to donate in order for everyone at the table to receive the discount, and no other discounts will apply. Coats must be donated on the night you are dining, and dinner reservations are required.

For more information, or to book a reservation, call (970) 496-4386 or visit

Subaru supports Meals on Wheels

The Summit County Community and Senior Center is partnering with Vista Subaru of Silverthorne to increase awareness of and increase funding for the Meals on Wheels program that helps home-bound seniors fight food insecurity and isolation.

Alex Rae Cooper, senior services program manager for the community and senior center, said the “Share the Love” campaign, which began on Nov. 19 and runs until Jan. 2. As part of a national partnership with Meals on Wheels America, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of participating charity for every new vehicle sold or leased through January 2.

Cooper said money raised would help support the ongoing effort to address seniors and nutritional requirements.

“We work really hard to combat senior hunger as well as isolation,” she noted. “This is a great opportunity for those who are looking to give back to their community and feel good about supporting a local nonprofit.”

Since the Share the Love event began in 2008, Subaru and participating retailers have donated more than $1.2 million meals, safety checks and social visits to seniors being served by the Meals on Wheels program nationwide.

The Community and Senior Center will set up information tables on Dec. 3 at the City Market in Breck from 1:30-6:30 p.m. and also on Dec. 4 at the City Market in Dillon from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

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