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NRO receives new grant

KIMBERLY NICOLETTISummit Daily News
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BRECKENRIDGE – Post-News Community will give the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) $5,000 to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children, elementary students and hospice clients through music programs.The Post-News Community, a Denver nonprofit committed to supporting programs that benefit children, the arts, literacy and education, will award $35,000 to nonprofit organizations based in towns that are hosting this year’s Ride the Rockies bicycle tour. The grant will be awarded on Saturday when the tour hits its final stop – Breckenridge.

All nonprofit recipients serve disadvantaged youth through recreation, education, literacy programs or the arts.”The host towns provide valuable resources in order to make the tour run smoothly,” said Kristin Stork, Post-News community relations manager. “This grant program allows Post-News Community to thank the host towns by providing financial support that will impact the community long after the last cyclist departs from the town.”The NRO will use the money to pay professionals to train the NRO musicians to provide outreach services to the community.

Tuesday, it helped fund a children’s concert at the Riverwalk Center. It also helps Robert Franz teach NRO musicians about using different learning styles to work with different populations; the program helps kids create their own compositions at library and day-care programs. (Other funders include The Summit Foundation, the town of Breckenridge, Vail Resorts and the Henry Schwier trust.)In addition, it pays for music therapist Deforia Lane to train musicians to work with hospice patients, seniors and disabled kids and helps Cynthia Taggart, an early childhood specialist, train musicians to immerse preschoolers in music and movement.”We couldn’t do all of these programs without the supporters,” said Terese Kaptur, NRO executive director. “It’s not just funding a one-time event. It has lasting effects in Summit County and throughout the country in years to come as the musicians take these skills to other jobs.”

The grant presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge as part of the closing ceremonies for the Ride the Rockies tour.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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