Summit Giving Briefs: Breckenridge Grand Vacations launches “BGV Gives” program |

Summit Giving Briefs: Breckenridge Grand Vacations launches “BGV Gives” program

Breckenridge Grand Vacations owner and developer Mike Dudick, BGV Gives program manager Deb Edwards, and owner and developer Mike Millisor (left to right) presented the new philanthropic program on Tuesday.
Courtesy of Breckenridge Grand Vacations |

Breckenridge Grand Vacations hosted its inaugural Giving Reception Tuesday evening, marking the creation of a new philanthropic program, BGV Gives. Not only did the event serve as an introduction, but it was also a tribute to late Grand Vacations Developer Rob Millisor, who died in October while on a philanthropic visit to Nepal.

Developers Mike Millisor and Mike Dudick took a moment to remember Rob Millisor’s thoughtful giving at the start of the reception.

“First and foremost, this was to honor Rob and continue the philanthropic efforts he started,” marketing administrative assistant Karah Kidger said. “That branch of the company has been growing.”

BGV Gives program manager Debra Edwards was introduced at Tuesday’s event, recently hired to spearhead the company’s philanthropy efforts. The former president of the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation, Edwards has also served as executive director of the Summit Foundation.

“We’ve been able to have someone full-time dedicated to that,” Kidger said, adding that Grand Vacations planned to focus on health, human services and education in their efforts, including a planned heart-health walk for the future.

“We actually just had our team do Snowshoe for the Cure in Frisco,” Kidger said.

She also noted that in the last year, Grand Vacations served nearly double the number of individuals over the winter holidays with their Adopt-a-Family program, with 55 employees anonymously providing gifts and support to 208 community members, including 127 children.

Grand Vacations donated a $1 million endowment to the Summit Foundation last May, with additional volunteer efforts by employees at the Rubber Duck Races, Summit Foundation Golf tournament, medallion donations and more.

“The partnership between Breckenridge Grand Vacations and the Summit Foundation is a very beautiful thing,” Summit Foundation executive director Jeanne Bistranin said at the event.

Most recently, BGV Gives assisted the Family and Intercultural Resource Center with their February food drive. The company also donated $500,000 toward the renovation of the historic schoolhouse building on Harris Street in Breckenridge, converting it into a library and community center.

Kidger noted in the past decade, Grand Vacations has donated $4.8 million to local nonprofits, and more than $300,000 annually in cash contributions.

“We wanted to get this program so we can do that in an even larger capacity,” she added.

eco-aware Locals recognized with “Green Scene Awards”

The High Country Conservation Center (HC3), a local nonprofit promoting practical solutions to resource conservation, honored seven Summit County environmental all-stars last week at the 27th Annual Tim McClure Benefit held at The Village in Breckenridge on March 4. The Green Scene Awards are presented annually to individuals, businesses, youth, educators and volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to sustainability and environmental well-being.

This year, 18 nominations were submitted in five categories. The following are the winners of the 2016 Green Scene awards:

Julia Butterfly Hill Individual Achievement Award – Mike Nathan, Arapahoe Basin Sustainability Program

Organic Fertilizer Volunteer Award – Angela Fisher, Environmental Engineer at General Electric

Essential Earthy Educator Award – Beth Burke and Paige Kendal, Teachers at Timberline Learning Center

Lisa Simpson Youth Award – Eamonn and Owen Fallon, Frisco

Greener Summit Business Award – Pug Ryan’s, Dillon

The Tim McClure Benefit is in honor of HC3’s founder who started the Summit Recycling Project in 1976. McClure died in an avalanche near Breckenridge after making a significant impact on recycling efforts in Summit County. This year’s Tim McClure Benefit raised over $32,000 for the organization through sponsorships, ticket sales and a large silent auction. Today, HC3 operates programs in waste reduction, energy efficiency, sustainable food, water conservation and sustainable business.

For more information on the High Country Conservation Center and its programs, visit

Support local families at a buffet dinner

A bake sale and buffet dinner will be hosted at Frisco Elementary this Sunday, March 13, from 4-6 p.m. to benefit two local families. Misty, mother of Mason Brassfield, suffered a severe bone injury this winter that has prevented her from working during peak season in Summit County. José, father of Melanie Perez Hernandez, lost his life in an auto accident on I-70 in February. Proceeds from the buffet, which costs $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under, will be used to support both families. The dinner will feature food donated by Boatyard American Grill, Greco’s Pastaria, the Moosejaw, Silverheels Bar and Grill and Tavern West.

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