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Jars of hope

Summit Daily/Kristin SkvorcSteve Smierciak, bartender at the Tiki Bar, donates money to the American Red Cross Katrina Disaster Relief Fund Thursday in Dillon. Local businesses have started collecting money to aid people affected by the Gulf Coast hurricane. Alpine Bank announced it will match up to $10,000 in donations.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Local businesses are helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

On Thursday morning, Mark Yeager, the Dillon Marina office manager, called other businesses, including the Frisco Marina, in hopes of raising money for hurricane relief.”It’s time for us all to quit gaping at the TV and do something about it,” Yeager said.

Yeager then called the American Red Cross, and will donate some of the proceeds from this weekend’s events to the organization. And, like other businesses across the county, he will have a jar in the marina office for people to make cash donations.

At the same time, he didn’t want to ring his own bell. He just wants to encourage other businesses to follow suit.Alpine Bank announced a promise to match personal donations up to $10,000.

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