Summit County giving briefs: Summit Foundation releases 2015 annual report |

Summit County giving briefs: Summit Foundation releases 2015 annual report

The crowd cheers as the rubber ducks float by during the Summit Foundation's 26th Annual rubber duck race and fundraiser in downtown Breckenridge on Saturday.
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Summit Foundation releases 2015 annual report

The Summit Foundation recently released its annual report for 2015, with a total of $2,422,496 distributed in grants and scholarships for the year. Of those grants, the largest sectors were grants for children and youth (33 percent), health and safety grants (24 percent), and donor-advised directives (22 percent).

Last year, the Foundation distributed scholarships to 114 local high school graduates, and supported 106 local and neighboring nonprofit organizations.

Of the Foundation’s many donors, the majority, 61 percent, are Summit County residents. For the full report, visit


Each year, Arts Alive! Local Artists’ Co-op Gallery presents a special benefit art exhibition in support of a local nonprofit organization. This year, the benefactor is Keystone Science School who will receive 15 percent of all art sales from the event.

This special event affords art lovers from near and far the opportunity to engage with the work of the county’s most exciting contemporary artists. Participants will enjoy delectable hors d’ oeuvres and wine while perusing this unique multimedia art exhibition.

Tickets may be purchased online for $25; all entrance fee proceeds will be donated to the Keystone Science School. In addition, a portion of all proceeds from art sales will be donated to KSS.

The exhibition will take place Saturday, June 11 from 4-8 p.m. at the Summit County Arts Council, on 500 S. Main St. in Breckenridge.

FIRC receives van donation from Colorado Mountain Express and EpicPromise

As part of Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise program, Colorado Mountain Express (CME) has partnered with the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) by donating a Ford E350 van to the organization.

“We’ve been pleased to support FIRC through EpicPromise and CME’s Fill the Van food drive in recent years, and it made sense that we support the organization even further this year with the van donation,” John Dawsey, vice president and general manager of Colorado Mountain Express said in a statement. “FIRC’s work in Summit County is well-aligned with the values of our company and the mission of Epic Promise, and we’re proud to be a part of building a stronger community through this donation.”

Vail Resorts’ philanthropic giving council determined that the vehicle donation would be a valuable opportunity to support FIRC’s operations. The vehicle will be used as a cargo van to move donations and inventory between the organization’s facilities as well as supplies for classes and events.

“We are incredibly grateful to be the recipient of this year’s van donation,” FIRC executive director Tamara Drangstveit said in a statement. “Owning this van will significantly improve our ability to support our programs and thrift stores. We really appreciate CME’s and Vail Resorts’ commitment towards helping Summit County nonprofits in unique ways.”

This is the fifth consecutive year that CME and Vail Resorts have donated a van to a deserving nonprofit organization in Summit or Eagle County. Vans have previously been donated to the Keystone Science School, Friends of Dillon Ranger District, SOS Outreach and The Cycle Effect.

Additionally, EpicPromise and CME support FIRC through the annual food drive program, Fill the Van. More than more than 13 tons of food and cash donations equivalent to more than 11 tons of food were collected last fall, much of which was delivered directly to FIRC.

—Compiled by Elise Reuter

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