Summit Giving: Local Jay DeBaggis to repeat straitjacket skiing stunt for Mountain Mentors nonprofit |

Summit Giving: Local Jay DeBaggis to repeat straitjacket skiing stunt for Mountain Mentors nonprofit

Local to perform straitjacket stunt as Mountain Mentors fundraiser

Today, March 17, Jay Debaggis, a mentor for Mountain Mentors, will attempt to ski nonstop loops at Breckenridge Ski Resort — from the top of Imperial Bowl to Horseshoe Bowl to Peak 7 and the super-pipe — while strapped into a straitjacket. DeBaggis completed this stunt last year, gathering pledges and raising money for Mountain Mentors, a local nonprofit. A pre-meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Vista Haus. Those interested in supporting Mountain Mentors can make a tax-deductable donation to Mountain Mentors by mailing a check to P.O. Box 4326, Frisco, CO 80443. For more information about the organization, call (970) 668-9735 or visit and click on “Mountain Mentors.”

Mystery dinner benefits mission trip

Father Dyer presents its first murder mystery play where the audience has to figure out “who dunnit” to win the prize, along with eating dinner. Tickets for this benefit dinner theater event are $25. Proceeds will go towards the Father Dyer youth mission trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This event will be held on March 20 and 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Father Dyer Church, 310 Wellington Road, in Breckenridge. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Tyson Stark at or call (601) 270-2141.

NHL alumni to skate in ninth annual Summit Hockey Classic

Fast-action hockey will take place on the ice at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge on March 27 and 28. The ninth annual Summit Hockey Classic combines the talent of local hockey coaches, parents and Summit Youth Hockey alumni with the finesse of NHL, Semi-Pro and Division I alumni. Thirteen celebrity players will participate on four teams. Former Avalanche players Rick Berry and Scott Parker will be joining this year. Tickets are $5 at the door. Game times on Friday are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday games are 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with a celebrity shootout at 7 p.m. A silent auction with donations from the community will be available both evenings. All proceeds benefit the kids of Summit Youth Hockey.

NRO presents the Romantic Songs of Jerome Kern

The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) presents Romantic Songs of Jerome Kern featuring songs such as “Ol’ Man River,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “All the Things You Are,” plus many more. Welcoming three amazing and versatile performers: singers Marcia Ragonetti and Steven Taylor, and pianist Travis Yamamoto. Join the NRO at the Silverthorne Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Reservations can be made by calling (970) 453-5825 or online at

The Summit Foundation presents free nonprofit workshop

Join The Summit Foundation in the first of a series of free workshops to learn more about nonprofit evaluation and impact and how you can apply these tools to benefit your organization. Jeanne Bistranin, executive director of The Summit Foundation, will discuss The Foundation’s recently announced Areas Of Impact. The Foundation also welcomes Debbie Wilde, a well-known consultant on nonprofit outcomes and the author of “The Sustainable Nonprofit: 10 Strategies to Grow a Successful and Exceptional Organization.” Wilde was the executive director of YouthZone, a nonprofit organization based in the Roaring Fork Valley. There will be two sessions of the initial workshop. The first will be on Monday, March 30 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Community Room (loacted on the lower level) of Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center, 103 S. Harris Street, Breckenridge. The second will be Tuesday March 31 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) at the Buffalo Mountain Room in the County Commons in Frisco. The Foundation encourages Spring grant applicants to send a representative to one of these workshops (you need not attend both days). Due to limited space, nonprofits may be limited to one or two participants. Accommodation for additional representatives as space allows. RSVP your interest in attending (and which workshop) to Elisabeth Lawrence via email or phone, (970) 453-5970 as soon as possible. Attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Last chance to donate to the capital campaign

The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library capital campaign ends on March 31. It’s the last chance to get your name on the donor wall. March 31 ends the campaign.

CDLT hosts the eighth annual Phantom Ranch Ball

The Continental Divide Land Trust’s eighth annual Phantom Ranch Ball takes place Wednesday, April 1. Each ticket to the event is a chance to win this year’s “door prize” drawing of the original framed watercolor painting “Giberson Ranch View- August” by Sandi Bruns. This piece was created on one of CDLT’s conserved properties just for this event. CDLT is a local nonprofit committed to preserving open space in central Colorado through land preservation agreements, stewardship and public education. Proceeds from the event fund CDLT’s land conservation programs. Tickets are $25 and will be available up until Wednesday, April 1. To order Phantom Ranch Ball tickets contact CDLT at (970) 453-3875, or order online at Be sure to put “PRB Tickets” in the memo line.

Wounded Warriors Family Adventures, Inc. seeks new board member

With Wounded Warriors Family Adventures, volunteers from across Summit County host 15 to 20 seriously wounded warriors with their families for a five- to seven-day winter skiing program or a summer outdoor adventures program. The events include outdoor activities (guided by BOEC professional staff), stays at the Grand Timber Lodge and family enrichment programs for all family members. See the website for details about this organization. The WWFA is not affiliated with any other wounded warrior organization and has received national recognition for their unique programs. The WWFA has a Board of Directors of seven volunteers who oversee the programs of the two annual events. There is currently one opening on the Board, which meets four times per year and oversees the financial, legal, marketing and administrative operations of the organization. Persons interested in serving on this board are urged to call Bob Miller at (954) 871-9001 or Jeff Hjort at (303) 887-1145 to learn more.

Cooking Matters volunteers

Are you a chef or nutritionist? Cooking Matters is a six-week cooking and nutrition class that teaches participants healthy living and cooking skills. The FIRC needs volunteers to help run these classes. Running classes for parents, families, kids and teens throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more or want to sign up to volunteer, please contact Matt Madsen, Healthy Families program manager at the FIRC, (970) 455-0236 or

Summit Historical Society seeks volunteer coordinator

The Summit Historical Society is planning events for their summer schedule. Last summer, with the full schedule of events, it became apparent that a volunteer coordinator was needed to maintain the schedule for schoolhouse docents and Lake Dillon boat guides. It is not a time-consuming task, but a very necessary one. If you are willing to help please contact Christy at (970) 268-2207.

Call for nominations for the Theobald Award

In honor of the Theobald family’s long-standing history in Breckenridge and their commitment to historic preservation and heritage tourism, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance presents the fourth annual Theobald Award. The award recognizes a person, business or project that has made an outstanding contribution to the historical preservation of the Breckenridge area. The BHA will accept nominations for the Theobald Award from the public through May 1. Visit for more information and nomination form.

HC3 accepting community garden applications

The High Country Conservation Center oversees five community gardens in Summit County and provides garden and food workshops throughout the year. Applications for new gardeners are now being accepted through March. For more information on the Summit Community Garden Network and to apply for a garden near you, visit

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