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‘Dine out’ to support turf fundraising for SHS

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Local restaurant associations are teaming up April 23 to raise money toward a synthetic turf field planned for Tiger Stadium at Summit High School.

Fundraising efforts are roughly $100,000 short of the initial $650,000 goal for installing what will be known as Climax Molybdenum Field this summer, said steering committee member Tom Looby.

The Breckenridge and Summit County restaurant associations are hosting “Dine out: Surf and turf” on Thursday, an all-day event with 10 percent of gross sales in participating restaurants donated to the fundraising effort.

“It’s a really good cause,” said Cathy Barton of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Breckenridge. “And it’s really nice to see the Breckenridge and Summit restaurant associations join forces to do something for the community.”

She said it’s the first time for the two organizations to combine forces for a cause “in a very long time.”

Participating restaurants are to have “Tommy Turf” ” a surfer guy in flip-flops and sunglasses ” displayed in their windows Thursday.

Barton said event’s date was selected because organizers wanted to hold it before businesses start closing for off season.

“They wanted to pick a time when a lot of locals are in town,” she said.

Looby said the synthetic turf fundraising efforts continue to accrue small donations. If the initial goal is reached by mid-May, ground breaking could occur about June 1.

“We’ll have a number of initiatives happening in the next few weeks,” he said, adding that these will include outreach to additional companies and calling in pledges.

Officials with Summit School District are expected to decide on a project contractor within the next week, Looby said.

“We feel optimistic the first field (will be) built this summer,” he said.

An application for a $200,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado was rejected last December. Fundraisers are optimistic that this grant cycle ” to be decided June 18 ” will result in approval, for the more recent application includes more details.

The ultimate goal for the game and practice fields, a running track and bleachers is $1.25 million. The eco-friendly fields would be able to accommodate more local athletic events and cut down on students’ travel time to “away” games.

Because of snow this semester, no soccer or lacrosse games were hosted at Tiger Stadium. SHS athletics staff are hopeful that the girls’ lacrosse team will be able to host one home game scheduled for April 29.

The synthetic game field ” and the additional events it makes available ” is expected to bring more revenue into Summit County.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.

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