Charity briefs: Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski-A-Thon & Snowshoe Bash on March 22 |

Charity briefs: Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski-A-Thon & Snowshoe Bash on March 22

Daily News staff report

Zeke’s healing event

On Saturday, April 5, from 4-7 p.m., the Town of Frisco Adventure Park will host “Zeke’s Healing Event,” a fundraiser and celebration for longtime local, Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik, and his family. Zeke has been receiving treatment for small cell carcinoma, a form of lung cancer, since fall 2013. By April 5, Zeke will have completed the last of six rounds of chemotherapy and will likely have begun radiation treatments.

The event will include tubing at the Frisco Adventure Park, skiing and snowshoeing at the Frisco Nordic Center, scenic sleigh rides with Two Below Zero, food from local restaurants, beer from the Backcountry Brewery, music from Leon Joseph Littlebird and a silent auction made possible by the kindness of local businesses. Tickets are $30 per adult or $20 for juniors 18 and younger, and will include food, one drink ticket (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), tubing, Nordic skiing, scenic sleigh rides, snowshoeing and a silent auction. Tickets are available at or by calling (970) 668-5384, and may also be purchased at the door day of the event. To donate silent auction items or sponsor other components of the event, please email Marcia Spenst or call (720) 258-5871. Donations can be made online through or may also be made at Wells Fargo Bank to the “Jon Zdechlik Benefit Fund.” To volunteer for this event, please email Kelly Lloyd at kellyslloyd@gmail.comor call (970) 389-2262.

Nordic sleigh rides

Join the Far View Horse Rescue and Nordic Sleigh Rides in Breckenridge for a scenic horse-drawn sleigh and hot chocolate ride that is fun for the whole family. Climb aboard a Santa-style red sleigh pulled by majestic horses where you will enjoy an afternoon of incredible scenery and hot chocolate and cookies. Saturday, March 22 the sleigh ride begins at 4 p.m. at the Nordic Sleigh Rides located just north of Breckenridge. All proceeds benefit the Far View Horse Rescue, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is rescue, rehabilitation, education and placement of abandoned and neglected horses. Tickets are $30 per person or $100 for a family of four. These limited tickets can be purchased by calling (970) 376-2103, or going online to

Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski-A-Thon & Snowshoe Bash

The 12th annual Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski-A-Thon & Snowshoe Bash, a benefit for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, will be held Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Breckenridge Nordic Center on Ski Hill Road.

There will be multiple courses on criterion loops for teams and individuals. The Nordic course will be on intermediate terrain groomed for both skate and classic styles. An adaptive Nordic course will also be available. Nordic ski loops of 6Ks, and a snowshoe loop of 3K, will be marked. For families with youngsters there will be a 1K snowshoe loop including a treasure hunt at 12 p.m. Rentals are available at the Nordic Center at a reduced rate. Participants can form a team or ski/snowshoe solo. All donations are tax deductible. A minimum donation of $25 adults and $10 children is required to participate, and the BOEC encourages all participants to collect additional pledges in support of our cause. For course questions please call (970) 453-6855 or email: Registration forms can be downloaded at or pick one up at any of the Nordic Centers. This year participants can ski/snowshoe starting March 15 up to the event to meet their goal of kilometers completed. An early skiing trail pass is required. Proceeds from the Breckebeiner 60K will go directly toward the BOEC’s Tuition Assistance Fund. The BOEC is a nonprofit organization and operates out of Breckenridge and Keystone. For more information or to get involved call (970) 453-6422 or visit

Ice melt fundraiser

Do you think you can guess the moment that the ice on Lake Dillon will melt? The Summit County Rotary Club’s annual Ice Melt Contest is now on. Guesses are just $5 each and can be made at now through April 20. The closest guess wins $4,000 and all funds raised go to community projects. Help Rotary help the community. For more information call (970) 485-1377.

Girl Scouts give back to animals

Girl Scout Troop 3821 raised $411.65 for the Summit County Animal Shelter during cookies sales this year. The girls also completed the 4.5 hour volunteer training at the shelter to be able to help with the animals.

Summit Thrift & Treasure in need of donations

Summit Thrift & Treasure, the thrift stores owned and operated by the Family & Intercultural Resource Center, at 340 Fiedler Ave. in Dillon and 1745 Airport Road in Breckenridge, need donations. The stores accept gently used clothing, shoes, small appliances, linens and kitchen items. Donations are tax-deductible and are accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at both stores. For more information visit

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