Dudick family contributes $1 million donation to the Sol Center at Alta Verde

On Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the future location of the Sol Center at Alta Verde, from left to right, stand Executive Director of Building Hope Jennifer McAtamney, Mike Dudick, Anna Dudick, Henry Dudick, Brianne Snow, executive director of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center. Mike and Anna Dudick donated $1 million to the building of the Sol Center at Alta Verde.
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Mike and Anna Dudick, co-owners of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, donated $1 million dollars to the construction of the Sol Center at Alta Verde.

Brianne Snow, the executive director of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center, was beaming with gratitude as she held on to the end of the 3-foot-long check.

Anna, Mike and their son Henry, along with Jennifer McAtamney, executive director of Building Hope Summit County, gathered with Snow on the morning of Saturday, June 25 at the future building site of the Sol Center in Breckenridge to make the donation official.

“I am completely ecstatic,” Snow said. 

The Dudicks’ donation will directly contribute to the building of the Sol Center at Alta Verde, where both the family center and Building Hope will concentrate their offices and resources, which will include a food market and a thrift store.

Right now, the family center has four locations around the county, and Building Hope has one. Snow said this merge will ultimately save the two organizations almost $100,000 between the five locations, all of which financially can go back to the community.

Not only will this center help the two streamline budget costs, but it also brings the two entities back together. 

Before the pandemic, in 2017, Building Hope was “incubated,” McAtamney said, within the family center’s operations. Then, in 2019, Building Hope became its own organization and separated from the family center.

“At the time I think it was really important for Building Hope to become its own entity,” McAtamney said. 

Now, with the new building on the horizon, McAtamney said she can’t wait to be right down the hall from the family center.

The family center is a nonprofit that provides rent assistance, affordable food options and a myriad of other free resources to Summit County residents who are in need. Building Hope is also a nonprofit that aims to address mental health stigma and provide easier access to mental health services for Summit County residents.

Tim Casey, the founder of Building Hope, said the consolidation of Building Hope and family center made sense because of how efficient the collaboration of their resources would be.

“We are going to be able to really streamline our services, so we can promote access to food, housing, parenting, health care, and mental health resources all under the same roof” Snow said.

In addition, McAtamney mentioned the importance of the location. “This will be a dynamic area, right on transportation (stops), where two-thirds of our workforce either live or work, county-wide,” McAtamney said. Snow also said that the family center and Building Hope share “really similar clients,” so it can be a burden for them to travel to all of the different locations to get their needs met.

For 25 years, Anna Dudick has been involved with many nonprofits and capital campaign projects in Summit County. And out of all of them, “This Sol Center is the single most important nonprofit capital campaign project for this community,” she said.

Mike Dudick said he hoped that his family’s donation would inspire more in the community to donate. And even if someone can’t afford a monetary donation, he said, there are other ways to contribute. “Our view on philanthropy is time, talent, or treasure, so we’re bringing some to the treasure chest, but you need equal amounts of all three to make it work,” he said.

According to past reporting, the total estimated cost of the Sol Center is $11.9 million. Of that, $3.8 million is coming from in-kind donations from Allen-Guerra Architecture, Rockridge Building Co., Jack Wolfe, Interiors by Design, and a donation of a 75-year land lease from the town of Breckenridge.

Therefore, this $1 millon dollar donation made a huge dent.

“This would be a very daunting project if we didn’t have the support from the community,” Snow said.

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