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Local nonprofit receives leadership award

The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, gave its John R. Moran, Jr. Grantee Leadership Award to the Rural Resort Region Northeast Early Childhood Council. The Trust annually recognizes a grantee for exemplary leadership with a one-time award of $25,000, which the organization will use to support its ongoing work. Rural Resort Region Northeast represents a formalized partnership between Early Childhood Options and Grand Beginnings, which serve Summit and Grand counties. Formed in 2006, RRR-NE is one of 31 Colorado Early Childhood Councils, a statewide network of partner agencies working to improve access to health, education and parenting resources and services for children and their families. RRR-NE’s mission is “to promote a child-centered school readiness system that fosters early learning, facilitates healthy child development and promotes family success” in the two counties.

The Summit Foundation establishes a Global Giving Fund

The Summit Foundation has established a fund that will allow individuals to make tax-deductible contributions to The Foundation specifically to support international work. The Global Giving Fund, which will be held within The Summit Foundation’s endowment fund, allows individuals and businesses a local giving option specifically to support global causes. In turn, the foundation will allow Summit County residents who are completing international work to apply to the foundation for funding support. Furthering The Summit Foundation’s vision to promote philanthropy, this fund will not impact either donations or grants to current grantees of the foundation. Applicants to the Fund are required to be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is involving at least one Summit County resident, preferably a group of Summit County residents, in a specific project or services; provide services outside of Summit County to global populations that are in urgent, demonstrated need; and demonstrate evidence of local fundraising support. Religious activities are not eligible for funding. For more information about contributing to and/or receiving a grant from the Global Giving Fund, contact The Summit Foundation at (970) 453-5970.

Artists sought for juried show

Summit County Arts Council is calling for entries for its juried show titled “Our Flower Garden.” Entries of garden-inspired art in any medium must be for sale and must be received along with an entry form by June 29 to be juried by July 2. The selected pieces will be on display at Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge daily during the month of July. A reception will be held on July 11, from 4-8 p.m. Entry forms may be picked up at the gallery in La Cima Mall, 500 S. Main St., Breckenridge between 11-5 p.m. daily.

Second year of success for Domus Pacis at marathon

Domus Pacis Family Respite once again took part in the 10th anniversary Colfax Marathon last weekend. 28 racers ran or walked to the finish line in support of Domus Pacis in four different races including the 5K, marathon, half marathon and marathon relay. The Domus Pacis Race Team was comprised of runners from the mountains of Summit County, Aspen as well as from Nebraska and Florida. Domus Pacis beat out 80+ Charity Partners and won the Best Tent Award for the 2nd year in a row.

Visiting couple thanks unknown benefactors

Many thanks to the couple at the round table at the Blue Spruce Inn, on Saturday night, May 23, who anonymously paid our bill. It was such a wonderful surprise. We also thank our waiter, James, who handled the situation admirably. We, in turn, will pay it forward, so someone else may enjoy this wonderful gift.

Frisco BBQ needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Country Store at the Frisco BBQ. Shifts are available for Thursday, June 18, Friday June 19, and Saturday June 20. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, 10 BBQ Bucks and a mug. Those interested should contact Doug Berg at or (970) 668-3225.

Roots del Mundo seeks board members

Roots del Mundo, a bilingual hands-on community learning center, is seeking people to serve on its board of directors. The board looks to grow with additional interested and motivated community members. Experience on nonprofit boards and/or experience in fields of education, finance, development or technology are encouraged. Contact or (970) 389-6639 for additional information.

Cajun Crawfish Boil benefits orchestra

The Climax Molybdenum Company will present the second annual Cajun Crawfish Boil to benefit the National Repertory Orchestra on Friday, June 5. This ultimate Bayou experience will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Mountain HOPE Foundation Barn in Breckenridge. Tickets purchased in advance are $30 and include crawfish and dessert beignets provided by The Lost Cajun; beer from Broken Compass Brewery; drinks provided by the Breckenridge Distillery; wine from the Gold Pan Saloon; tastings from Olive Fusion; shuttle service provided by The Adventure Company; and dancing to the Gumbo le Funque band. There will also be a silent auction featuring Vail Resort season passes and tickets to Disneyland. For ticket purchase and questions, please call (970) 453-5825 or visit

P.E.O. Chapter IB Scholarship applications available

The Dillon Chapter of P.E.O. is offering an academic scholarship to a woman who is in her junior or senior year of college, pursuing a post-graduate degree or enrolled in her final year of a vocational/technical program. Applicant must be a Summit County resident and/or a graduate of Summit School District. Criteria for this scholarship include a demonstration of academic achievement, financial need, commitment to goals and community involvement. To request an application, contact Patty Fry at or call (970) 390-8398.

Free food for qualifying seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program available through the Summit County Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place, Frisco, for seniors 60 and over. At the time of certification/sign-up, you must bring: Picture identification, proof of income (No bank statements) and proof of recent address (Utility bill mailed within the last 30 days). Income guidelines to qualify: one household member, $1,265; two household members, $1,705; three household members, $2,144; four household members, $2,584; five household members, $3,024; six household members, $3,464; seven household members, $3,904; eight household members, $4,344. For each additional household member, add $440. For more information, please call Emilie Matthaei at (303) 375-5861 or toll-free at (877) 460-8504, ext. 300.

Summer fundraising opportunity available for local nonprofits

The Lake Dillon Amphitheater and Summit Swing Dance will be offering social dances every Tuesday night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning June 16 through Aug. 25. The event will be an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes. No admission will be charged; however, donations can be requested, and concessions can also be a source of income. All donations and income from concessions will go to the direct benefit of your organization. For more information or to reserve a night, email, or call (970) 468-4876.

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