Summit giving briefs: Breckenridge preschool helps raise funds for Mountain Mentors |

Summit giving briefs: Breckenridge preschool helps raise funds for Mountain Mentors

The Little Red Schoolhouse is hosting a bake sale every Tuesday through March 15 to help local Jay DeBaggis raise funds for Mountain Mentors. "Jay's Cafe" is held at the preschool from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Courtesy of the Little Red Schoolhouse |

The Little Red Schoolhouse in Breckenridge is working to support Jay “Great Uncle Jay” DeBaggis in his endeavor to raise funds for Mountain Mentors. DeBaggis reads to the preschoolers every Tuesday and will ski in a straightjacket for the third winter in a row to raise funds for the cause.

His goal this year is to raise $10,000 for Mountain Mentors and set a new world record for speed skiing in a straightjacket.

“I will ski at Breckenridge down the run American and will attempt to go 60 miles-per-hour,” he said in an interview with the preschool.

Every Tuesday, to help he reach his fundraising goal, the Little Red Schoolhouse will host a donation-only bake sale through March 15. Parents and teachers provide the baked goods, which are sold by the students.

“The kids run a register and everything. It’s really cute,” said Trish Streicher, educational supervisor for Little Red.

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The bake sale is located at the preschool in Breckenridge, and will take place from 7:45-9:30 a.m.

So far, the past four “Jay’s Café” days raised more than $460 for Mountain Mentors.

DeBaggis has been serving with Mountain Mentors for the last four years and has been mentoring the same student for three years.

“We go skiing together or play soccer, Nordic ski, and many other fun activities,” he added.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he works at Relish and is an avid skier.

“It’s the reason I’m on this planet!” he told the students.

“We are hoping to take Jay’s lesson of giving back and teach the children how important it is,” Streicher added in a written statement.

Tim McClure Benefit returns to Summit

High Country Conservation Center’s 27th annual Tim McClure benefit will be hosted the evening of Friday, March 4 at the Village in Breckenridge. The event, held in memory of the founder of HC3 (formerly the Summit Recycling Project) will feature belly dancing, a beer, wine and spirit tasting and the annual “green scene” awards, honoring locals for their efforts to protect the environment.

“(Tim) was High Country Conservation’s founder in 1976,” community programs coordinator Jenny Hammock said. “Tim would take his pickup truck, drive it around county and pick up recycling because he thought it was the right thing to do.”

While recycling is now conducted by the county, HC3 has a waste reduction committee and works with homeowners to assess sustainability and energy efficiency. They also launched a sustainable business program with the towns of Frisco, Dillon, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.

“We use this event to celebrate all things sustainable in Breckenridge,” Hammock added.

Five awards will be distributed Friday evening to outstanding volunteers, educators, sustainable businesses, youth and outstanding individuals in the county. Tickets are $35 at the door, and the event goes from 6-10 p.m. For more information, visit

FIRC hosts Star Wars kids party

The Family and Intercultural Resource Center will host their annual kids’ party at the Silverthorne Pavilion this Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will take on a Star Wars theme this year, with bounce houses, “Jedi Training,” “the Cave of Confusion,” crafts and an area for toddlers.

Free snacks and $1 pizza slices will be available at the event, which is best suited for children 10 and under. Costumes are encouraged, and parents must stay at the event with their children.

The Breckenridge Rotary provided funding for activities and volunteers for the event. For questions, call (970) 455-0223 or email

Law Enforcement United fundraiser

The Silverthorne Elks Lodge is holding a fundraiser for Law Enforcement United this Sunday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $12 at the door, $5 for children of $10 for pre-paid tickets, which can be obtained through emailing Proceeds will go to “The Road to Hope,” a 250-mile bike ride law enforcement officers and survivors take to Washington, D.C. to honor fallen police officers and their families.

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