Daily News Holiday Fund established to help needy | SummitDaily.com

Daily News Holiday Fund established to help needy

SUMMIT COUNTY – Last Thanksgiving, the Blue Moose restaurant in Breckenridge organized a new tradition – a free Thanksgiving meal for one and all.

Blue Moose co-owners Mike and Traci Minarski started the event to create community warmth for the many in our county who are separated from families for the holiday.

The tradition continues this Nov. 28.

In the real world, extended families live close by for reunions around the Thanksgiving table. In the High Country, families are often thousands of miles away.

This event, and the Summit Rotary Club’s distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys, will be two of the many beneficiaries of the Summit Daily News’ new Holiday Fund.

The newspaper’s goal is to raise $10,000 to supplement charitable giving this holiday period. The Daily News will donate the first $2,000, about half coming from the Classified Swap for Charity program that is ongoing in the classified ads section.

Summit Daily News Publisher Mike Bennett is asking readers and businesses to contribute to the fund, no matter how small the gift. All proceeds will be funneled through the non-profit Summit Foundation for banking and distribution.

“This is a project that ties into our newspaper’s mission statement, “Bringing communities together,'” Bennett said. “This year, more than ever, we need to pull together to help our charitable groups and special events.”

Bennett said the Holiday Fund will become an annual program.

Everybody who donates will be recognized in the newspaper. Anonymous donations will be respected.

Donations can be dropped off at the Summit Daily News at 40 W. Main St. in Frisco. Donations can be charged, if required. To charge a donation over the phone, call Cheri Hathaway at (970) 668-3998 ext. 258. Hathaway can answer all other questions about the fund and field requests for help.

Donations can be mailed to the SDN Holiday Fund, c/o Summit Daily News, PO Box 329, Frisco CO 80443.

Organizations can apply for support from the Holiday Fund by dropping a line at the above address.

Include name of the organization, the event or deed that needs help, timing of the event, who will benefit or how many families will benefit and the approximate costs of goods or services to be provided.

About twice a week, between now and New Year’s Day, the Daily News will report on organizations or events that will benefit from the fund and the people who are supporting it.

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