Senior rummage sale distributes big bucks locally |

Senior rummage sale distributes big bucks locally

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

FRISCO ” The Summit County Community and Senior Center literally overflowed with tea cups, skis, dresses, computers, books and other items at a rummage sale Aug. 18-21. All of those little items ” plus a black mink coat and a long-haired beaver coat donated anonymously ” added up to a whole lotta money.

Summit County Seniors made more than $32,000 at its rummage sale.

“The key to its success are 1) the volunteers who work 12 to 14 hours Tuesday through Sunday, 2) the donors who feed volunteers and (contribute to) silent auctions, and 3) the outpouring from the community, both from a contribution and a purchasing standpoint,” said Dennis Nemura of the Summit County Seniors.

Seniors have been holding an annual rummage sale for 18 years.

Two years ago, they added a silent auction to the mix. In the last five years, they doubled its profits, said Noreen Galaba, executive director of Bristlecone Home Care and Hospice.

“Last year we made about $26,000, and we thought we’d died and gone to heaven,” said Margery Nemura, rummage sale co-chair.

The seniors didn’t expect to make more than $32,000 this year, but they’re not complaining ” they’re just distributing the money. Summit County Seniors hosted a luncheon Tuesday at the Community and Senior Center to give money to four local organizations that help local seniors: Timberline Adult Day Services, Bristlecone Home Care and Hospice, Family and Intercultural Resource Center and Summit County Search and Rescue.

The seniors based the amount of money they gave each organization on how much impact the services have on seniors. It kept a portion of the money for its Tuesday and Thursday lunch program for locals older than 50.

“(The money) really helps us “especially right now because we’re going into our dry season,” Galaba said. “We don’t see more money until the beginning of the year, so the senior money helps get us through the hard times. Administrative expenses and workers’ compensation are coming up this time of the year, and it really helps us get over the hump and start the year right.”

But the organizations receiving the money aren’t the only ones expressing gratitude.

“Even though we have a very healthy, active senior population, we still have those in need, and these organizations are there to help us out,” said Dennis Nemura, who handed out the checks Tuesday. “This is a wonderful way for us to pay back the community.”

Next year’s rummage sale will be Aug. 8-13.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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