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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Summit County Director of Human Services and Treasurer of Early Childhood Options Daphne Schroth sits amid a half dozen chairs painted by community members or organizations to be auctioned off at the annual Early Childhood Options Fundraiser Luncheon Friday.
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COPPER MOUNTAIN – The staff at Early Childhood Options is urging Summit County to take a seat.The nonprofit organization will auction off 20 original, hand-painted children’s chairs Thursday at its annual fundraiser luncheon at Copper Mountain.The chairs bear the handiwork of local artists, community leaders and celebrities, including Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake, the Denver Broncos, Frisco town manager Michael Penny, muralist Bonnie Wakeman and Summit School District staff.”Everyone was very enthusiastic about it,” said Lucinda Burns, the organization’s director. “They’re really cute and unique. No two are alike – each one is beautiful.”

Early Childhood Options aims to ensure access to quality early care and education for children whose parents live or work in Summit County. Its programs include financial assistance for child care, scholarships for early childhood educators, early literacy initiatives and child-care referral services.”This is our only fundraiser of the year,” said REAL project coordinator Elizabeth Lowe. “The children of Summit County are counting on you.”Dillon Valley Elementary paraprofessional Sherryl Fitzgerald painted the Summit School District chair.”I came up with a ‘Learn and Grow’ theme – our motto at Dillon Valley,” Fitzgerald said. “I have the old-fashioned, little schoolhouse on the seat, and that’s the ‘learn’ part. You see the ruler on the back, and that’s the grow part. I had a lot of fun with it.”

Other artists adorned their chairs with delicate roses, a sailboat gliding under a night sky, cheerful sunshines and Holstein cow patterns.Alex Iskenderian of Vail Resorts Development Company painted his chair gold, bedecked it with jewels and draped its back in purple leopard print, creating a throne fit for the most discriminating little princesses. In addition to the chair auction, the luncheon will feature keynote speaker Joan King, Ph.D., author of the recently published “Cellular Wisdom.”King is a former professor at Tufts University, where she served as chairwoman of the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology for the Schools of Medicine.



She will speak on the topic “Claim Your Genius.” The event is sponsored by Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort, Summit School District, the Summit Foundation and Vail Resorts Development Company. For information about the event and/or to purchase tickets call Lucinda Burns at 513-1170 ext. 307. Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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