Auctioned dinners raise funds for Keystone Science School |

Auctioned dinners raise funds for Keystone Science School

Bill Bergman, Sr., Rita Bergman and Nini Koch co-hosted a dinner Thursday night, which was auctioned off to raise funds for Keystone Science School.
Courtesy of David Koch |

Longtime local Rita Bergman hosted a dinner to remember on Thursday to benefit Keystone Science School. The dinner, themed “Tequila Sunset” as a play on the 1988 film, was sold in 2014 through KSS’ annual Dos Locos Silent Auction.

“It was a special evening,” Bergman said. “All the generosity for the school really warms my heart. That’s the best reward.”

Bergman, her husband Bill, and friends David and Nini Koch hosted the dinner for 10. Chef David Welch and Patti Welch, co-owners of Food Hedz, also donated their time and talent.

Bill Bergman Sr., one of the founders of Keystone, also made a special appearance at the event.

“It was quite a treat for our guests to have Bill Senior here as a waiter,” Rita Bergman said.

The Bergmans go back to the beginnings of Summit, before Keystone Ski Area, when Bill and Jane Bergman met Max and Edna Dercum in 1968. Rita Bergman said they used to have a cabin on Montezuma, named the Alhambra after a nearby mine.

“The meetings that resulted in the development of the ski area took place in that cabin,” she said.

Years later, the family donated the historic cabin to KSS, where it now hosts staff on-site.

“Our family has a longtime connection with the Science School,” Bergman said. “There are many camps children can attend, but very few incorporate such a high vision of responsibility and leadership.”

Bill Bergman, Sr. is also donating 100 percent of proceeds for his book on the founding of Keystone, “By Chance,” to KSS.

At KSS’ upcoming Dos Locos auction, on Aug. 12, another private dinner and wine tasting will also be up for bid.

“They’re always our most popular items,” KSS marketing and development coordinator Nora Simmons said.

She has seen two dinners auctioned off in 2014, in addition to one hosted by Susan Rost last year. A few vacation packages will also be up for bid at this year’s event.

Tickets for this year’s auction are available at

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