Summit Giving: Frisco invites partnership with local nonprofits |

Summit Giving: Frisco invites partnership with local nonprofits

Frisco invites nonprofits to partner on town events

The town of Frisco invites local nonprofits to become a part of Frisco events by providing event services while raising funds for their organizations. This opportunity is for local nonprofits of any size. Frisco summer events with nonprofit partnerships include the Colorado BBQ Challenge, the Frisco Concert in the Park Series and Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July. Since 2010 the town of Frisco nonprofit event partnership has contributed $236,000 to nonprofits. Interested nonprofits are invited to fill out an application. Applications are available in the “Latest News” section of the front page of Applications must be received by mail or dropped off in person by 5 p.m. on Jan. 30. Any local nonprofit organization with current 501(c)3 status is encouraged to apply. For further information, please contact Nora Gilbertson at 970-668-9132 or

SOS Outreach will serve 1,780 students in one week

This week SOS Outreach, a national youth development nonprofit which utilizes adventure sports to engage at-risk students in long-term mentorship relationships, is launching its largest ever program week, serving 1,780 students across the country. Program staff and volunteers will carry out 70 different programs at 13 different mountain resorts. Participants start with the introductory academy program which teaches the basics of skiing or snowboarding and exposes students to the six core values of courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility. Adult volunteers are on-hand during on-hill days to both guide the discussion and excite youth on the sport. SOS works with underserved kids who often do not have opportunities like these. After graduating from Academy, students begin a four-year curriculum progression called University. This week will see 590 youth continuing to hone their skills on the slopes while 77 students will complete service project including serving community dinners in Summit County and packaging food for food banks in Seattle, Washington.

Breckenridge Ski Patrol hosts blood drive

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Breckenridge Ski Patrol will be hosting a community blood drive. The event will be happening in the Forest Room at the Village at Breckenridge, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule at appointment, please contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 800-365-0006 Option 2 or online at (Site Code 4822). Please allow one hour for your blood donation. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. All donors will receive a free lift ticket for their participation.

L.A.P.S. presents 2nd annual Mardi Paws Barkus costume parade

The Mardi Paws Barkus parade returns to Frisco on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 3-6 p.m. Participants are invited to dress up their dogs and family in costume for this lighthearted annual parade brought to you by the League for Animals and People of the Summit (L.A.P.S.), the Lost Cajun Restaurant, New Belgium Brewery and the town of Frisco. All prizes awarded will be for doggy costumes, but the humans are encouraged to dress up too, so they don’t embarrass their furry companions.

The Yappy Hour Street Party on 2nd Avenue will begin at 3 p.m. with Lost Cajun gumbo, wine, New Belgium beer, free hot cocoa and Abbey’s Coffee, games, photo opportunities and more. Families without dogs are encouraged to join in the celebration. Gumbo and beverages will be available at the Street Party during the entire event. The parade leaves at 4 p.m. from 2nd Avenue and awards for best doggy costumes will be presented after the parade.

All proceeds benefit L.A.P.S. Day of registration prices are $25 for the first dog, $10 for each additional dog and humans are free when accompanied by a dog. For early bird pricing, a $5 discount, participants must pre-register for the event online at, or in-person at the Frisco Information Center located at 300 Main Street. All registered dogs will receive a goodie bag. For more information about the Mardi Paws Barkus Parade please email or call the Frisco Information Center at (970) 668-5547.

Volunteer for the Fire Arts Festival

The International Snow Sculpture Competition and first annual Fire Arts Festival is looking for volunteers from Jan. 20 to Feb. 8. Help is needed with snow stomping, vote collecting, information giving and meal serving. For more details, please email Heather Pease at Presented by GoBreck and Breckenridge Creative Arts.

Cooking Matters class takes place Mondays

Join the FIRC for a free Cooking Matters for Parents of Preschoolers class. Learn about kitchen and cooking skills, nutrition education and how to encourage your children to develop healthy eating habits. The class runs for six weeks on Mondays, Jan. 26 to March 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the FIRC teaching kitchen, 251 W. 4th St., Silverthorne. For questions or to sign up, contact Matt Madsen at the FIRC at (970) 455-0236 or

2015 Young Composers Competition open for entries

Entries for the First Annual Young Composers Competition, a project sponsored collaboratively by the Breckenridge Music Festival and Summit Music and Arts, are now being accepted. This is an opportunity for all musicians and composers ages 10-18 residing in Clear Creek, Eagle, Grand, Lake, Park, Routt and Summit counties to enter one or more original compositions. Deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 23. Full details, competition guidelines and regulations, and application form are available for download on the Breckenridge Music Festival website: For this first annual competition, there is no entry fee. Breckenridge Music Festival’s “Music in the Schools” program is made possible by funding from The Summit Foundation. For more information please email Len Rhodes, Summit Music and Arts artistic director at

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation bolsters literary efforts in Summit County

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Summit County. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15 and recipients will be announced on May 1. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation of expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and also to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels. Further, the Foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. The Foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The Foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the website: Contact by email at:

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