Eagle’s tribute concert in Breckenridge benefits Domus Pacis
IF YOU GO
What: Eagle’s tribute concert with The Long Run, benefiting Domus Pacis Family Respite
When: Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
Cost: GA $30, VIP $40 and children $10; Can be purchased online at breckcreate.org. For more info contact Vince at (773) 266-1441
This Saturday, the band The Long Run will be performing at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge for an Eagles tribute concert, benefitting Domus Pacis Family Respite. This will be the second year the band has played at the town venue but remembers playing at the Frisco Marina some time before.
Mark Trippensee, drummer and one of the singers of the band, started his music career about seven years ago.
“It was really just for the love of music, and it was an ambitious project,” he said. “I wanted to try it not really knowing it would grow the legs that it did. We filled a niche I didn’t know was there at the time.”
The five-member group is dedicated to the vocal aspect of their music.
“We have a percussionist that comes in from time to time,” Trippensee said. “Two of our members were longtime members of Firefall. We probably pay more attention to the vocals now more than we ever have. Everyone in this band sings.”
He said he and another band member are working on their solo album, yet the group remains strong. The Long Run has played at a number of venues across the country including Utah, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan.
“We did a show at the marina in Frisco last Fourth of July, and it was a lot of fun,” he said. “There’s definitely ones we like returning to year after year.”
The Long Run returns to the Riverwalk Center for another Domus Pacis fundraiser.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” he said. “When we do benefit shows, when the outcome is benefitting something, we like it to be a good cause and not just have an agenda. Certainly this is something that really benefits families that aren’t able to put together a vacation or get away. We definitely think it’s a good thing for everybody involved.”
THE MISSION OF DOMUS PACIS
Domus Pacis is Latin for “House of Peace” and offers respite in Summit County for those suffering from cancer and their families. This nonprofit organization encourages those diagnosed with cancer to escape into the beautiful mountains and reconnect with themselves and their loved ones.
“We provide week-long respite for families going through their cancer journey,” said Vince White-Petteruti, founder of Domus Pacis. “We take any type of cancer. It could be going through chemo, done with chemo, end of life and, unfortunately, about 30 percent of our families are end of life.”
Domus Pacis provides housing, using over 95 homes that are second homes, food, cleaning services and activities for their families.
“We have about 80-plus businesses that provide meals and activities,” White-Petteruti said. “Eric’s provides a number of pizza coupons, we have Hearthstone (who) provides romantic dinners for our families free of charge (and) the Blue Moose provides breakfast. This community has just been amazing — we have about 120 volunteers who cook meals.”
The driving force and really the one who started it all is Vince’s wife, MaryLouise who he calls Duck.
“She started this about eight years ago,” White-Petteruti said. “Before we decided to live full time in Breck we were living in Chicago and Duck’s mom had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Duck asked her mom, ‘Where would you like to go?’ and she said ‘I’d like to see your dirt.’ At the time, we had purchased 10 acres in Warrior’s Mark so she wanted to come see our dirt. Mom basically forgot she had cancer for about a week. The day she died, she was still actually looking at pictures of the trip.”
Five years after Duck’s mom passed, White-Petteruti came home from a backpacking trip with his kids and Duck told him she wanted to do for other families what she did with hers.
“We both come from very strong business backgrounds,” White-Petteruti said. “She put together the business plan. Because of this community it’s grown so much.”
Domus Pacis has grown significantly since it started and benefit concerts such as The Long Run are very helpful.
“These concerts have been really important to us and we started doing them about five years ago,” White-Petteruti said. “We get a lot of awareness. This year we put together four concerts.”
The concert helps Domus Pacis raise funds to keep doing what they’re doing and helping families temporarily escape from their harsh realities. The Long Run will pay tribute to the Eagles this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as well as help Domus Pacis provide respite for five or six more families.
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