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Help support the BOEC, an organization that changes lives

Julie Sutor

Summit Daily News Holiday Fund

To contribute

By mail:

SDN Holiday Fund

c/o Summit Daily News

P.O. Box 329

Frisco, CO 80443

In person:

Summit Daily News

40 W. Main St., Frisco

Over the phone via credit card: (970) 668-3998

BRECKENRIDGE – A successful businessman suffers a severe stroke that results in muscle weakness and speech problems. He regains self-assurance and physical coordination by learning to raft, ski and be social at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC).

His life is forever changed, but he claims it’s all for the better.

A young girl loses her leg in an automobile accident. She feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and she can’t participate in activities she used to enjoy with her friends.

She discovers the freedom of skiing with help from the BOEC and resurrects her confidence while developing new friendships.

“Basically, the BOEC changes lives,” said BOEC spokeswoman Helen Cospolich. “That’s the easiest way to describe what we do.”

The BOEC believes that the great outdoors provides unforgettable challenges and adventures for everyone, including people with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities, people from low-income backgrounds or disadvantaged environments and people learning English as their second language.

Since 1976, the BOEC has provided “universally accessible” outdoor and adventure education activities to people of all abilities. The organization offers wilderness programs, leadership development and adaptive skiing and snowboarding to disabled youth and adults.

“Our son had two wonderful instructors,” said a parent whose child participated in the BOEC’s adaptive ski program. “We were so impressed with their endless patience and expertise in teaching a disabled child to ski.”

Like so many nonprofits, the BOEC has been strained by the weak economy.

“Fundraising has been a struggle,” Cospolich said. “We have our consistent donors, but some of them are giving less.

“The students who come to our programs are generally low-income anyway, and we’ve seen a greater need for our students to have scholarship funds. The people who want to come to our programs can’t do it on their own anymore.”

You can help

The BOEC is one of many charitable programs supported by the Summit Daily News (SDN) Holiday Fund.

Contributions to the Holiday Fund help the BOEC provide scholarships to its programs’ participants.

The SDN aims to hand out $10,000 to local charities during the holiday season – the newspaper contributed the first $3,000, and SDN publisher Mike Bennett hopes to raise an additional $7,000 from local residents and businesses.

The fund now totals $7,650, with just over two weeks left to raise the remaining $2,350.

“We have already raised the same amount of money as we did last year,” Bennett said. “We are hopeful that we can reach our goal of $10,000 by the end of the week.”

The SDN thanks William and Karen Pelham, Janet Coles, John and Joyce Juhasz, Stuart and Lori Adams, John and Jackie Moberly, Dale Yanari, Susan Rogers, Phyllis Salisbury, Janice Green, Betty Veal McMain, D. and S. Mercier, Michael and Sandra Levine and Fred and Candia Kruse for their contributions last week.

All donations, large and small, are recognized in the newspaper; anonymous donations also are welcome. All contributions are tax-deductible.

The Summit Foundation handles all SDN Holiday Fund donations, so 100 percent of the funds collected go directly to charity.

Charitable organizations can apply for support from the Holiday Fund at the mailing address above. Include your organization name, the event or project to be funded, the timing of the event, who and how many will benefit and the cost of services and/or supplies.

Between now and New Year’s Day, the Summit Daily News will continue to provide updates on fundraising efforts and the project’s beneficiaries.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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