Summit County giving briefs: A letter of thanks from the Hernandez family |

Summit County giving briefs: A letter of thanks from the Hernandez family

Breckenridge resident Christina Martinez Hernandez died at age 25 in a hit-and-run accident last August. A donation account has been created to support her family.
Courtesy of the Hernandez family |

A letter from the Hernandez family

After Breckenridge resident Christina Martinez Hernandez lost her life in a hit-and-run accident last August, the community supported her family to help cover funeral costs. Since then, Steven Gravatt was sentenced to six years’ jail time, and his sister-in-law created a GoFundMe account ( to help further support the Hernandez family, who currently reside in Posa Rica, Mexico.

“I hope her brother would be able to move back to the U.S., too, if we raise enough money,” Baldwin said. “It is such a tragedy, but, hopefully, some light can come out of the darkness.”

Family friend Arthur Borrego also created a donation account with Wells Fargo, #8674328722, to support Hernandez’s family. An employee at the Blue Stag Saloon and Valdoro Mountain Lodge, Hernandez sought to support them while she lived in Breckenridge.

The Hernandez family has written a letter to thank the community for their support:

“The Hernandez family — Julia Hernanez, Julio Hernandez, Rosa Hernandez, Arturo and Marha Jimenez, Bartolo Hernandez, Ricky and Rosario Gutierrez, and the entire family with close friends, Arthur and Maria Borrego — are writing this letter to say thank you to the entire community, friends and visitors from across the states for the outpouring of love, generosity, support and kind words for Christina. To the justice department, we thank you for your tireless actions to deliver a quick and fair verdict. It is never easy, but it is a decision that we can all agree and live with.

A special thanks to Valdoro Mountain Lodge, Blue Stag Saloon, City Market, Beaver Run, Summit Daily News and Wells Fargo for helping us in our time of need. We would also want to recognize the sister-in-law of Mr. Steven James Gravatt, Mrs. Kim Baldwin and family who came forward wanting to continue the legacy of Christina Martinez Hernandez by setting up a fundraiser for her parents and brother who live in Poza Rica, Mexico. Mrs. Kim Baldwin’s actions demonstrate immeasurable courage and sincere thoughtfulness proving that when tragedies like this occur and we as a community pull together. We can make a difference and change the outcome for the better good.

To Mr. Gravatt: When you find yourself reflecting on what could have been, we urge you to instead think of all the things you can do differently when it comes time for you to be free again. Remember that you have family and friends who love you and support you without judgment. Finally, with words of encouragement, keep the faith, we forgive you, we are praying and everyone is pulling for you.”

Rummage sale end of July

Summit County Senior Citizens are hosting their annual Rummage Sale fundraiser at the end of the month, from July 25-31, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco. All proceeds will go to local charities benefiting seniors in Summit County.

Those interested in volunteering may contact Alex Rae Cooper at If you have early donations please contact Josie Gipson at (251) 689-1246.

Tee it up for Wounded Warriors and KAC

The Keystone Adaptive Center and Scotty McFadden Foundation invite locals and visitors to “Tee it up for Wounded Warriors & KAC.” The event will be held at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course on Monday, Aug. 29.

At the cost of $110 per golfer or $440 per team participants will get access to the practice range, an 18-hole round and a cart, lunch, desserts, contests and raffle prizes. Proceeds will go to the Keystone Adaptive Center and Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s military programs.

Register online at Questions may be directed to Marci Sloan at

Compiled by Elise Reuter

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