Firing up fundraisers |

Firing up fundraisers

Lu Snyder

Happy hour fundraiser

What: Free drinks, hors d’oeurves and boat rides

When: Today, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Where: Dillon Marina

How much: Suggested minimum donation $5

For more information, contact the Dillon Marina at (970) 262-3434

Copper’s climbing wall fundraiser

What: Krystal 93 Radio deejay James O’Neill will camp out on Copper’s climbing wall for 31 hours

When: Saturday, June 29 at 8 a.m until 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30

Where: The climbing wall at the Village at Copper

For more information or to make donations, contact Krystal 93 at (970) 668-0292

SUMMIT COUNTY – Two local fundraisers will raise money this week to assist the victims of the Colorado wildland fires.

A fundraiser at the Dillon Marina today offers drinks, hors d’oeurves and boat rides in exchange for donations.

The Dillon Marina, Pug Ryan’s and High Country Radio Station are working together for the fundraiser, which will be held at the Dillon Marina and Tiki Bar from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Event organizers suggest a minimum donation of $5 per person, but marina manager Bob Evans said they will accept larger donations too, since they are trying to raise as much as possible for the fire victims.

Each donor will receive a coupon for a free drink, free hors d’oeurves and a free 20- to 30- minute ride on a sailboat or pontoon. Pug Ryan’s is donating food and drinks and High Country Radio will broadcast live from the marina.

“Murray”, general manager of High Country Radio (who goes by the single appellation), said there also will be a raffle for prizes, including tickets to Elitch Gardens and gift certificates.

“We’ll hold it come rain or shine,” Murray said. “We figure if it rains, everybody will want to celebrate anyway.”

“We’re really looking forward to seeing everybody down here to help out,” Evans said.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the American Red Cross to aid Colorado’s wildfire disaster relief fund.

Local Red Cross representatives will be present to collect donations.

Krystal 93 deejay James O’Neill will spend this weekend camped atop the Copper Mountain climbing wall in an effort to raise $2,000 to $5,000 for the Red Cross Colorado fire fund.

The local radio station has teamed up with Copper Mountain for the fundraiser, which will be held from 8 a.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday.

O’Neill will stay on the climbing wall for the duration, calling into the radio station every few hours for pledges. Donors can call Krystal to make donations or show up at the climbing wall at the Village at Copper to show their support. Climbing enthusiasts are encouraged to climb the wall this weekend – fees will be donated directly to the cause, said Krystal 93 Radio general manager Tony Mauro.

“We’re going to try to create a festival atmosphere at the base of the wall,” Mauro said, adding that several people plan to keep O’Neill company – from the base of the wall – to show their encouragement and support.

Mauro said there is enough room at the top of the wall for O’Neill to pitch a tent and relax in a chair under an umbrella. He will be roped in at all times.

To date, Red Cross operating expenses for the Colorado fires is close to $1 million dollars.

Red Cross spokesperson Nicole Holck said they estimate the costs between $750,000 and $1 million.

That money came directly from the national disaster relief fund and the organization is in the process of replacing the fund. As of June 15, they had received $612,000 for the disaster relief fund, Holck said.

The disaster relief fund allows the Red Cross to respond immediately to disasters such as the Colorado fires, but also those – such as single-family home fires – which receive less media coverage.

“If they want to designate it to the Colorado fires specifically, we always respect those designations,” Holck said, adding that their damage assessment teams are canvassing neighborhoods in the fire areas to assess needs.

Funds will be used for a variety of needs. They may be used to give clothing vouchers for evacuated residents who were unable to grab extra clothes. Some funds are used to assist displaced residents with housing or food.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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