Summit County Cares fundraiser hosts pavilion party to help needy |

Summit County Cares fundraiser hosts pavilion party to help needy

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Summit County, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – To support locals needing emergency food, utility aid, rent, clothing and medical assistance, the Summit County Cares fundraiser is hosting a party – Music with a Cause.

It’s set for Dec. 10 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion. The cost is $5 at the door for adults.

“We’re hoping that people will donate a little bit more, just for it being a good cause,” said Anita Overmyer, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center’s development and volunteer director.

The evening event will include local live music by Heidi Schmidt and Trading Fours, the Grinz and Arnie Green. DJ Chava is expected to make an appearance.

Frosty the Snowman will be present at the pavilion for photos with children in attendance, and there also will be crafts for kids, appetizers, a cash bar along with a hot cocoa bar.

“We felt that it (the fundraiser) needed an event behind it, something that the community could participate in,” Overmyer said. “It’s a fun event for all ages.”

Summit County Cares is an annual fundraising campaign to benefit the nonprofit service providers in the community, and it is used only for direct emergency assistance to needy people.

The local effort aims to raise $50,000 by Dec. 31 for the Family and Intercultural Resource Center. This money will help other nonprofits, like the Advocates for Victims of Assault, the Summit County Care Clinic and Summit County Social Services, by enabling them to refer people in need of emergency help to FIRC.

“At this time last year, there was less than $4,000. We’re up to about $4,000 now,” Overmyer said, adding that there’s still a long way to go for the fundraising effort. “We’re hoping that the party will help. … It just takes a while for people to become aware of the campaign.”

The Cares campaign could also play an important role in providing necessary medical treatment to the uninsured in the community.

The Summit Community Care Clinic recently announced that it wouldn’t be accepting first-time patients until the new year due to increased demand at the clinic and a loss in operating revenue. The clinic services local people who lack medical and/or dental insurance.

According to FIRC executive director Tamara Drangstveit, the organization’s emergency fund that’s bolstered by the Cares collection could help people with medical scholarships if they can’t be seen at the clinic.

“Summit County Cares money has been used for medical scholarships in the past, and we’ll continue to do so especially now because we know that there’s going to be even greater need because care clinic isn’t going to be able to accept new patients for a month,” Drangstveit said.

Drangstveit also said that “If folks want to help the care clinic, they should donate to it directly and if they want to help folks who won’t be able to be seen in the next month, donate to Summit County Cares.”

Money collected through December will not be used to pay for salaries or support for the program.

Donations are tax deductible, and online donations can be made at For more information about the Cares fundraiser, visit http://www.summit

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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