Holiday fund still far from goal
SUMMIT COUNTY – ‘Tis the season for giving, but the Holiday Fund is far from its goal.
Summit Daily News (SDN) Publisher Mike Bennett started the Holiday Fund in hopes of raising $10,000 in donations – from the community, for the community – to supplement charitable giving this season.
“I’ve seen this done (successfully) in other markets,” Bennett said.
As the SDN collects donations for the fund, it also is accepting applications for those donations. Already designated for a donation through the Holiday Fund are the Silverthorne Police Adopt-an-Angel program, Summit County Social Services, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the Dillon Valley Children’s Gift Fund and the Summit County Rotary Fund’s holiday charities.
Though the fund was started a few weeks ago with a $2,000 donation by the Summit Daily News, only $2,815 has been collected to date. On Saturday, FirstBank in Breckenridge will host Pictures with Santa for $5 each. All the proceeds will go to the Holiday Fund.
But the collection hat still has room for more donations – be they small or big, individual, family or corporate – and there’s only a little more than a week left. The SDN is accepting donations through the middle of the month.
To date, the fund has received contributions from Linda and Dan Ward, Greg Krol, John and Joyce Jusasz, Jr., Dick and Sue Hodges, Marsha Cooper, Tim and Ann Gagen, Summit Daily News, Judith Lamb, Community First Bank in Breckenridge employees (Hilary Reed, Ronald and Karen White, Sarah Godfrey, Cara and Eric Gregory, Karen Smith), Mary Yelenick, Mike and Bonnie Bennett, Christine Lighthall and two anonymous donors.
Donors can make donations by cash, check or credit card. Those donations can be dropped off in person, mailed or charged by phone.
Organizations that would like financial assistance for an event or holiday good deed can apply for support though the Holiday Funds. To do so, send a letter including the name of the organization, the event or deed, details (where, when, etc.), of who will benefit (estimate a number of recipients or families, for example) and the approximate cost of goods or services to be provided.
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