Summit Giving: Santa Paws donations benefit Frisco Animal Shelter |

Summit Giving: Santa Paws donations benefit Frisco Animal Shelter

Santa Paws donations benefit local pets

Santa Paws donation bins are available in local pet stores, veterinarian offices, the Frisco Animal Shelter and the Frisco Welcome Center on Main Street. Every year, LAPS collects toys, treats and pet supplies for less fortunate companion animals in Summit County. Drop off a donation at any of these locations until Dec. 15. For more information and to apply to receive a toy for your furry friend please visit Applications are also due by Dec. 15.

Breakfast with Santa benefits preschool

Summit County Preschool will be holding our seventh annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 13 from 8:30-11 a.m. The Backcountry Brewery is graciously sponsoring the venue and food for the third year in a row. Money raised by BWS goes towards the capital fund for Summit County Preschool, the longest standing early child care center in Summit, which turns 40 years old this month. The preschool has just received the highest rating from Qualistar: 4-stars. Qualistar is a state-level group that assesses the quality of Colorado child care programs. We are thrilled to share this achievement with our community and provide a fun-filled holiday event to celebrate. This year’s breakfast will include a full breakfast buffet, open bar, hot chocolate bar, Santa photos by Kay Beaton Photography and silent auction wreaths. Each room has chosen a holiday book and the evergreen wreaths will be auctioned with the book and all handmade decorations. Please do not hesitate to call or email our executive director, Kim Theller, at (970) 668-5508 or

Poinsettia sale for P.E.O.

P.E.O. Chapter I-B is having its annual poinsettia sale to raise money for scholarships for women. P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an international women’s organization whose mission is promoting educational opportunities for women. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for local women. These stunning red poinsettias are in 6-inch pots with gold foil and a green bow. Cost is $16 each. To purchase please contact Alicia Dunn at or (970) 668-5358.

Silverthorne Adopt An Angel drop-off

Stewart Title is a drop-off for the Silverthorne Adopt An Angel. Accepting toys, clothes, coats and cash donations. The age group being targeted is infants to 15 years of age, boys and girls. The gift should be unwrapped. Gifts will be accepted through Dec. 12. You can drop off at Stewart Title, 720 North Summit Blvd., Suite 103, Frisco and 130 Ski Hill Road Suite 225, Breckenridge. For questions contact Maggie Dew (970) 393-2536,

Frisco Elementary Butter Braid fundraiser

The fifth-grade classes at Frisco Elementary are currently selling Butter Braids to raise funds for upcoming projects and events. The proceeds will help the students with their exhibition night, promotion, night at the museum field trip and yearbook production. Butter Braid pastries are light and flaky and come in a variety of flavors including cinnamon, cherry, blueberry and cream cheese, and apple. The pastries come frozen and are great for breakfast, dessert, après ski or any special occasion. Simply thaw, rise and bake. For more information please visit To order please contact your favorite Frisco Elementary fifth-grader or call the school at (970) 368-1500 by Dec. 9. The Butter Braids will be available for delivery on Dec. 16, just in time for the holidays.

Dine Out to Donate

Treat yourself to an evening out and help the community. Dine Out to Donate is Thursday, Dec. 11. The Blue River Bistro, The Boatyard, Burke and Riley’s Irish Pub, Bagalis and Greco’s Pastaria are donating 20 percent of dinner sales to the Summit County Cares fund, which helps locals who are unable to afford basic needs. For more information, visit

Summit County Cares donations help locals

Please help the Summit County Cares holiday fundraiser reach $50,000 by Dec. 31. One hundred percent of donations are used to help locals facing eviction, disconnection of heat or difficulty paying for medical care. This is Summit County’s largest emergency assistance fund, and last year it helped more than 700 children and individuals in crisis. Donations accepted through The Summit Foundation’s Summit County Cares fund. Visit

Salvation Army bell ringing volunteers sought

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time again for the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign. Thanks again to everyone who helped out last year. Sign up with your friends or family to help out a great cause. The money raised here stays in Summit County to help out fellow residents. The campaign starts on Sunday, Dec. 11, and runs until Wednesday, Dec. 24. Bells will be ringing only at City Market in Dillon this year. Shifts run for two hours 1-3, 3-5 and 5-7 p.m. Contact the FIRC at (970) 262-3888 for more information or to sign up for your shifts today.

Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot is open

Boy Scout Troop 187’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is now open. The lot is located at the Riverwalk Center/Tiger Dredge parking lot, and will operate while supplies last. Fresh cut Fraser and concolor firs from 5-12 feet tall, as well as 14- and 20-inch wreaths will be for sale. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday 4-6:30 p.m., and Friday 4-7 p.m.

Adopt an Angel program brings toys to needy children

Last year, this program allowed approximately 500 children and 250 families to enjoy a brighter holiday season. Summit County fire departments, ambulance service and police agencies (Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and Summit County Sheriff’s Office) participate in the program. Local retailers help with this program by displaying a Christmas tree in their lobby with ornaments that describe the age and gender of a child. Pick your “Angel” and purchase a new toy that will be appropriate for the child described on the ornament. After purchasing the gifts, bring the unwrapped gifts to your local fire, ambulance, police department or sheriff’s office. Include the ornaments with the gifts so we know who you had in mind for the gifts. On Dec. 18, the Silverthorne Pavilion will be turned into a giant toy factory where thousands of gifts will be given to registered families and children of Summit County. Extra gifts will be donated to local nonprofits who work with children. Santa’s helpers will be on hand to help the families pick and wrap the gifts and make the holiday as joyful as possible. If you would like to volunteer to be one of Santa’s helpers or if you would like to make a cash donation or be a corporate sponsor, contact the Silverthorne Police Department. The program relies heavily on donations and corporate sponsors. Because of the participation and generosity of Summit County residents and business owners, the program continues to be a huge success and makes a difference for many families in Summit County. For more information, visit, or call (970) 262-7320.

SOS Outreach benefits Colorado youth

Ski resorts across Colorado will be hosting 2,675 youth participating in SOS Outreach this year. With the support of resort communities, SOS is transforming the lives of at-risk youth, giving them something positive to look forward to this season. SOS Outreach is a youth nonprofit based in Avon that works with underserved youth who face a variety of risk factors. Students might speak English as a second language, or have been previously involved with the court system. They might be from low-income backgrounds or be struggling in school. SOS provides students the opportunity to experience mountain sports. As they learn the basics of boarding, they are mentored by positive adult volunteers. Mentors pair each day of snowboarding instruction with an in-depth discussion of one of SOS’s core values (courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility). Starting with courage as students overcome their fears of heights and new, unknown activities, these discussions help students build connections between the sports, the core values and their daily lives. As long-term participant David Garcia said, “SOS has made me a better person. I’m more rooted to their values which are now mine.”

The season kicked off Dec. 4 with a SnowCore day at Breckenridge Ski Resort. A group of students from STEM Launch K-8 school came up from Denver to learn to ski or snowboard for the first time. This weekend will see SOS days at Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. Denver youth will experience snowsports for the first time with three different SnowCore days, and Eagle County, Summit County and Denver participants will start the five-day Learn to Ride program. Denver participants will also start the long-term University program. Finally, a number of Eagle County mentors will complete an on-hill training to prepare them for the upcoming season. In all, 335 Colorado youth will hit the slopes with SOS this weekend at six different resorts.

For more information about SOS Outreach, visit

Romp to Stomp volunteers sought

It’s Romp To Stomp time on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Frisco Nordic Center. Volunteers are needed for several positions the week prior, Friday night’s Pink Party and all day Saturday for the event. Save the date and please reply ASAP. Please contact Melissa if you are interested,

Volunteer with Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

The 41st season is here with an exciting array of theatrical presentations. If you love live theater, support the artistic endeavors of amazingly talented folk, can occasionally wield a hammer, saw, or paintbrush and enjoy the camaraderie and fun of working the box office, come join an enthusiastic group of dedicated theater volunteers. Contact for more information.

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