Summit Giving: Local firefighters star in beefcake fundraising calendar |

Summit Giving: Local firefighters star in beefcake fundraising calendar

Red, White & Blue firefighters make cover of fundraising calendar

Things heated up on Aug. 8 at the EXDO Event Center in downtown Denver when the Colorado Firefighter Calendar unveiled their newest models at the 2015 Colorado Firefighter Calendar Debut Party. Eighteen models were selected to participate in next year’s beefcake-style calendar. Three local firefighters made history and took the top spot. Red, White and Blue firefighters Bobby Gerston, Aaron Schlacheter and Jason White were selected to appear on the cover of next year’s calendar. It is the first time in the history of the calendar that multiple models were selected for the coveted spot. The selected firefighters volunteer their time to raise funds, attend events, educate children on fire prevention and increase awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center. Net proceeds received from the sale of calendars and special events directly benefit the Children’s Hospital Burn Center and centers across the state. For more information, please visit their website at

North Pole adventurer Ryan Waters Benefit for BOEC

Ryan Waters is a professional mountaineer, guide and polar adventurer. He is the first American to complete the Adventurers Grand Slam by climbing the highest mountain on each continent — the Seven Summits — plus skiing unsupported full ski expeditions to the North and South Poles. Waters is the also the first American to ski unsupported to both the North and South Poles which he did via unconventionally difficult means. In 2010, along with his expedition partner Cecilie Skog, he became the first person to ski unsupported and unassisted across Antarctica during a 70-day, 1,117 mile crossing of the continent via the South Pole. On May 6, 2014, along with Eric Larsen, he completed a 53-day full unsupported ski trip to the North Pole from Cape Discovery Canada. With his captivating photography and his self-depreciating humor, he motivates and inspires while stressing the importance of teamwork and keeping a positive attitude in no matter the situation. Ryan Waters will speak about his explorations at Colorado Mountain College with proceeds benefitting the BOEC on Thursday, Aug. 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. and presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $15 adults / $5 students. For all more information visit

Volunteers needed for Pro Challenge

About 150 volunteers are still needed to help with the event. The Breckenridge Stage is a finish on Friday, Aug. 22, and there’s no school that day in Summit. The riders will arrive in Breckenridge at the end of stage #5 which starts in Woodland Park, Colorado. They will travel over Hoosier Pass, do a lap around town, up and over Moonstone, and back down Main Street for a downhill finish in front of a massive crowd. Help is needed all over the course, from the top of Hoosier to the finish line, with many stations in between. To volunteer for Stage #5 in Breckenridge, visit

Find discounts at the Senior Gigantic Rummage Sale

The annual Summit Senior Rummage Sale and Silent Auction is happening Aug. 15-17. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to noon, offering deep discounts and $2 a bag section. It will take place at the Summit Community & Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place, Frisco. For more information, call (970) 668-2940. The rummage sale begins with a presale event on Aug. 14. Admission is $10 for ages 11 and up and $5 for under 11. Get first pick of the best rummage sale in Summit County. Silent auction opens at 5 p.m. Thursday and closes Saturday at 4 p.m. Proceeds from this event fund programs that benefit seniors in Summit County.

Summit County Garden Tour is seeking gardens

After a very successful 2014 Summit County Garden Tour we are now looking for gardens for the 2015 tour. We will be featuring gardens in the Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco and Keystone areas. If you would like to submit your garden to be considered for next year’s tour please email Lynn Horstmann at or Marcia Probasco at with a detailed description and pictures, if possible, of the garden. We will be making our selection by Sept. 1. We would like to thank all the gardeners for this year’s tour and thank the Summit County community for their support.

CATCH afterschool program seeks volunteers

Keystone Science School is seeking volunteers for the CATCH Afterschool Program. CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health and is designed to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in children. It aims to equip children with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions, all while having fun. The program begins immediately following each school day and concludes at 5:30 p.m. You are invited to come assist with programming once a month, once a week, or as often as you would like. Contact Annie Markuson, Afterschool Program manager, at (970) 468-2098 if you are interested in becoming a CATCH volunteer.

Grant funds to benefit organizations serving seniors

The Summit County Senior Citizens, Inc. is accepting grant applications from organizations with existing programs for senior citizens in Summit County. Organizations that want to continue, enhance or develop programs for seniors are eligible to apply. Grants will be made by SCSC based on financial need and the value of the program to seniors. The grant funds are made available by proceeds from the Annual Summit Senior Rummage Sale happening Aug. 14 through Aug. 17. Application deadline is Aug. 23. For additional information: Jo Ring (970) 668-2940.

Tools for Schools donates school supplies

Alpine Bank is helping local school children return to school this fall with the supplies required to ensure success during the school year. “Tools for Schools” is a community effort that enables donated school supplies to reach children who may not be able to afford them. To participate, community members may purchase basic school supplies for children of varying grades. Donated supplies can be dropped off at Alpine Bank in Breckenridge, Frisco, and Dillon until Aug. 31. Supplies will then be delivered to local schools for appropriate distribution.

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