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Chamber helps celebrate education, environment

Constance Jones
Constance Jones

As a community partner, the Summit County Chamber supports a myriad of programs, from the arts and education to the environment, which contribute to building a healthier business climate and quality of life for our area. Last week the Business Education Alliance, a nonprofit organization, sponsored the Summit Education Celebration to salute our outstanding K-12 and post-secondary education system. Hearty congratulations to all who were honored at the event, and a special thanks to everyone who contributed to this important program. The annual celebration is underwritten through donations from business and industry and organized by dedicated volunteers. Jennifer Connors, our membership and marketing director serves on the BEA, and I serve on the Colorado Community Colleges Community Advisory Board along with many other chamber member businesses.On behalf of the Summit Chamber, we appreciate all their many contributions to the organization throughout the year. A quality education system is one of the most important components of a healthy and sustainable economy. We are proud of the fine administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parent organizations we have here in Summit County.The environment is another area of emphasis and of immense importance.

We are pleased to co-sponsor a public concert, Water Music a free event presented by River Network, a national organization that focuses on rivers and their watersheds.The sixth annual National River Rally will bring more than 500 of the nations leading river and freshwater experts to Keystone Friday through Tuesday.The concert, which is open to the public and features jazz and classical artists, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday in the Keystone Lodge Ballroom.For information, contact Michael Curnes at (800) 423-6747 or the chamber office at (970) 668-2051.

As we transition into our High Countrys summer season, the Summit Chamber is also encouraging our members to support the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) by enrolling in the Corporate Friends Program to support the 2005 Summer Festival. The program is designed to create an opportunity for the small business owner to support this important community program, which benefits residents and visitors to Summit County.From June to August, more than 15,000 people attend NRO concerts in the Breckenridge, Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne and Copper Mountain communities.We are proud to help support 85 of the best and brightest musicians and expose them to the benefits of living and playing in Summit County while delivering over 29 orchestra performances.We salute the NRO, which has been enriching our cultural community with orchestral music for almost 30 years. The deadline for sponsorships is rapidly approaching. For information, contact the chamber office or Connie Gruber at (970) 547-3100.Constance Jones is executive director of the Summit Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (970) 668-2051 or

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