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Social Summit: Volunteers whoop it up at FDRD recognition celebration

Story and photos by Breeana Laughlin
Special to the Daily
Breeana Laughlin / Special to the Daily
Breeana Laughlin / Special to the Daily |

Nearly 100 volunteers filled the Frisco Day Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 18, to celebrate their accomplishments with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District throughout the 2014 summer season. As community members came through the doors, they each collected a ticket for every time they volunteered this year. They placed their tickets in buckets in hopes of winning one of 30 different raffle prizes donated by local businesses. These generous donations included ski passes, a fishing trip, new skis and snowboard, a wine package, gift certificates and more.

Throughout the evening, volunteers dined on pulled-pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, and chicken wings and sipped on beverages while they celebrated their work. A handful of select volunteers were awarded “golden” prizes to recognize their dedication to FDRD and local forestlands.

FDRD staff announced a few of the standout achievements during the celebration. Over the past few months, volunteers have cut more than a mile of new trails in Summit County and planted a “forest” of 871 trees. Community members who came out this season combined to generate a whopping 6,735 volunteer hours this season. Volunteer ranger patrollers also covered 1,109 miles of ground on trails this summer. This is about the same distance it would take to travel from Frisco to San Francisco.


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