Summit Community Care Clinic hosts 8th annual Soup for the Soul fundraiser |

Summit Community Care Clinic hosts 8th annual Soup for the Soul fundraiser

The 2014 soup committe volunteers included, left to right: Pat Spitzmiller, Mar Reynolds, Terese Keil, Margery Langmuir and Beth Seeley.
Courtesy of Summit Community Care Clinic |

Soup for the Soul, Bread for the Clinic

Date: Friday, March 27

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Keystone Conference Center

Cost: $60. Proceeds benefit the Summit Community Care Clinic

More info: Visit or call (970) 423-8839 to purchase tickets

It wasn’t unusual for tickets to the annual Soup for the Soul, Bread for the Clinic fundraiser to sell out weeks in advance of the actual event. Held at Copper Mountain Resort for seven years, the Summit Community Care Clinic fundraiser regularly filled the 400-person capacity of its venue. This year, the event will take place at the Keystone Conference Center, which will offer more space for supporters of the clinic to gather and celebrate the work it does in the community.


Soup for the Soul, Bread for the Clinic is the care clinic’s main fundraising event of the year. All of the proceeds go toward services and programs that are not covered by patient fees. This includes processes like patient labs and blood work, as well as health education and behavioral health programs, said Jordan Schultz, development coordinator for the care clinic.

The clinic first came into being in 1993, managed entirely on volunteer effort through Summit County Public Health and local physicians. It started as a place to treat the occasional illness such as a cold or flu for those with little to no access to basic health care. However, as time went on, those in charge quickly realized that more help in this area was needed.

Over the years, the care clinic expanded both staff and services. In 2006, it gained 501(c)3 nonprofit status, separating from Public Health. Today, the mission of the Summit Community Care Clinic is to provide patient-centered health care services designed to meet the needs of people who experience barriers to accessing care in some way. This includes primary care as well as oral, behavioral and reproductive health services.

“The care clinic touches every person who lives in Summit County in some way,” said Nicky DeFord, senior manager of community engagement and support at EpicPromise, a Vail Resorts branch dedicated to environmental and community sustainability efforts. “We are so proud to partner with them.”

This year, EpicPromise provided the care clinic grant assistance for its school-based dental program, as well as a cash grant that is helping support the Soup for the Soul event.

Last year, Soup for the Soul reached its goal of raising $70,000, said Schultz. In 2013 it also raised $70,000 which was up from its 2012 high of $60,000. This year, with a larger venue and more guests able to participate, the care clinic hopes to raise around $85,000.

Many of those involved in organizing the event were volunteers, including the volunteer “soup committee” headed by Marge Gavenda.

“It’s really been overwhelming how people have helped us and donated funds,” she said. “We’ve raised an awful lot of money and obviously we need to do that, because we have so many people who need our help.”

Gavenda has spent three years on the advisory board, and nearly a year as a care clinic board member. She is passionate about the organization’s mission.

“It’s a pretty amazing thing, it really is,” she said. “I’m very proud to be a part of it.”


In addition to live music from local jazz group Trading Fours, attendees at the Soup for the Soul event will have a chance to take advantage of the Take Out program. In its fourth year, Take Out features gift certificates to local restaurants.

The Patron program allows for further donation to the care clinic, and comes with a few perks at the event, such as preferred seating and special nametags.

“I really feel like that is a unique aspect to our community, that we have people come out and support us both financially and we have people give their time, over and over again,” said Schultz. “It’s pretty impressive.”

And, of course, there will be soup. While in the past local restaurants have delivered soup to the event, this year, the chefs at the Keystone Conference Center will be preparing the soups — some from their own recipes, and some based off of recipes donated by local restaurants.

Another key component of the event, beyond its fundraising and a short presentation of its impact on the community, is its comfortable and friendly atmosphere, said care clinic chief executive officer Sarah Vaine.

“It’s a fundraiser but we also try to keep it a humble event. We want anybody in the community who wants to, to be able to come,” she said. “It’s not just a fundraiser but a celebration of the collective work of all the people who support the clinic, including our patients.”

The event is a typical casual Summit County affair, with comfortable clothing and conversations with close friends.

“My favorite part is the mix of people that we get there. We have county commissioners, we’ve had state senators there, we have judges there, we have our patients there, we have massage therapists, we have bartenders, we have our staff, I mean, I just love the mix of people. It’s a very diverse, fun group,” Vaine said. “You see people from all sides of the community. It’s not just a Breck event or a Dillon event or a Frisco event, and that’s the part I love the most. It really does feel like 500 of our closest friends.”

Tickets to the event are still available, either by calling Schultz at (970) 668-423-8839 or by going to the care clinic’s website at

“We like to concept of ‘Soup for the Soul, Bread for the Clinic,’” Vaine said. “We’re feeding the community and coming together to celebrate the mission of the clinic.”

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