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Keystone Resort founders support science school with annual fundraiser

Breeana Laughlin
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Dos Locos Annual Silent Auction and the Keystone Science School’s annual fundraiser will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 16 at Dos Locos restaurant in Keystone. Adult tickets are $25, children’s tickets are $15 and kids three and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door.

The founders of Keystone Resort are telling their story and continuing their longtime support of the Keystone Science School during the Dos Locos Silent Auction and raffle on Friday.

Bill and Jane Bergman will be at the school’s annual fundraiser signing copies of their book “By Chance: The Founding of Keystone Resort.” The couple has been big supporters of the science school since its founding in 1976, and are continuing their generosity by donating 100 percent of the profits from book sales to the school.

“That is huge for the science school,” said Keystone Science School’s marketing and development director Megan Missel.

“They have been very generous and very supportive,” she said. “Not only do 100 percent of the proceeds go back to helping Keystone Science Center, but Keystone Resort donated the publishing and purchasing of the book, so it truthfully is a 100 percent donated book.”

Rita Bergman, the resort founders’ daughter-in-law, said the Keystone Science School mission is dear to her family’s heart.

“It’s an alignment of values and the love of nature — and using that as a way to develop critical thinking skills and leadership skills,” she said.

Missel said the community’s support is integral to the school’s ability to carry out its mission to broaden students’ perspectives in the natural mountain environment.

Friday’s fundraising event is an excellent example of that, she said, with generous community donations for the school’s silent auction.

Dos Locos is providing its space and a variety of all-you-can-eat buffet items and cocktails, she said. Community members are also donating their time and expertise through “experiential” auction items — such as a historic guided hike through mine sites and a Keystone Resort chef’s preparation of a “knock your socks off, amazing dinner” to the highest auction bidder.

“The science school’s staff are all very capable, great minds and hard workers, but we couldn’t do it without the community,” Missel said.

Local band The Pine Beatles will be playing at Friday’s fundraiser, which is a family friendly event.

Dos Locos Annual Silent Auction and the Keystone Science School’s annual fundraiser will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Dos Locos restaurant in Keystone. Adult tickets are $25, children’s tickets are $15 and kids three and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door.


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