Summit County charity news: Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center event a success |

Summit County charity news: Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center event a success

Zeke’s healing event

On Saturday, April 5, from 4-7 p.m., the Frisco Adventure Park will host Zeke’s Healing Event, a fundraiser and celebration for longtime local Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik and his family. The event will include tubing at the Adventure Park, skiing and snowshoeing at the Frisco Nordic Center, scenic sleigh rides with Two Below Zero, food from generous local restaurants, beer from the Backcountry Brewery, music from Leon Joseph Littlebird and a silent auction made possible by the kindness of local businesses. The Adventure Park and Nordic Center will close to the public during this time and extend their hours.

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. And while Zeke has been responding well to the therapies, the costs surrounding treatment have been significant. This event is intended to bring the community together to celebrate Zeke and his strong and courageous spirit and to reduce the financial pressures on the Zdechlik family so Zeke can focus on healing.

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. Silent auction items will include ski area season passes, gift certificates to local shops and restaurants and much more. 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.

Rotary’s Ice Melt Contest

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.

Breckebeiner thank you

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center reports that the 12th annual Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Bash was a success. More than $30,000 was raised for the BOEC’s Scholarship Fund that enables participants and groups who lack the financial resources to receive tuition assistance to attend outdoor educational programs.

The Breckebeiner 60K is made possible also through the generosity of Gene and Therese Dayton and the staff of the Breckenridge Nordic Center; the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Rutkey Distributing, Town of Breckenridge, Vail Resorts Echo, Breckenridge Nordic Center, RUNA, KSMT, and the Summit Daily News. Top fundraisers were Gene Dayton, Tim Casey, Breckenridge Dental Group, Doc PJ, Bernie Moul, Marti Colpitts, JP Bennett, Jim Anderson, Richard Baird and Dawn Kruger.

For more information about the Breckebeiner 60K or to get involved visit

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