Summit County locals recognized for outstanding philanthropy |

Summit County locals recognized for outstanding philanthropy

Daily Staff Report

Copper Mountain – At the 19th Annual Philanthropy Awards reception hosted by The Summit Foundation and Copper Conference Center, 11 individuals, one business and two organizations plus collaborative partners were recognized at the 19th Annual Philanthropy Awards celebration. Including this year’s recipients, 190 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to our community for the past 19 years.

The 2009 awards were presented to Drs. Richard and Linda Bateman as the Dr. Oliver Stonington Outstanding Philanthropists, Deborah Hage as Outstanding Volunteer, Currie Craven as Outstanding Board Member, Carly Wier as Outstanding Nonprofit Professional, Erika Turner as Outstanding Novice Nonprofit Professional, Denise Oaks-Moffett (in memoriam) as Outstanding Educator, Jahan Rafie as Outstanding Youth, John Taylor as Outstanding Citizen, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) as Outstanding Nonprofit Organization, Neils Lunceford as the Outstanding Business and Jamilee Headley and Jessica Johns received the David Olbright Outstanding Youth Mentor award.

Honored as the Dr. Oliver Stonington Outstanding Philanthropists, Drs. Richard and Linda Bateman’s philanthropic contributions are numerous and generous and include contributions of both time and money. Dick and Linda’s volunteer and financial support to community organizations include Colorado Mountain College, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Breckenridge Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, The Summit Foundation and Summit County Libraries.

As a member of the Summit County Rotary Club and several community groups, Deborah Hage was honored as the Outstanding Volunteer for her exceptional leadership and volunteer time in establishing and guiding the community dinner hosted weekly at the Elks Club in Silverthorne. This meal has grown to serving over 300 people each Tuesday night. Deborah is also active in her church and in various community projects.

Outstanding Board Member Currie Craven was recognized for his dedication as a devoted board member and President of the Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, as well as board member of Friends of the Lower Blue. He has served each of these organizations since their inceptions.

High Country Conservation Center (HCCC)’s Executive Director Carly Wier was recognized as the Outstanding Professional in a Nonprofit Organization. An employee of HCCC’s predecessor, Summit Recycling Project since 1998, Carly has served as Executive Director of the organization since 2002. Carly’s environmental leadership has been evident through the organization’s media programs, collaboration, and ongoing promotion of resource conservation throughout the community. County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier notes, “Carly is a shining star example of commitment and dedication to the greening of Summit County.”

Erika Turner received the Novice Outstanding Professional in a Nonprofit Organization recognition for her exceptional performance as the District Family Liaison and Translator. Working with Summit School District, Summit Middle School, Dillon Valley Elementary School and Summit Prevention Alliance, Erika has built bridges between diverse communities. Both her enthusiasm and accomplishments have produced fantastic opportunities to understand cultural differences. Her ability to translate with the Spanish speaking families of our community and to be a liaison for them and the community earned her this recognition as a professional in our community.

Denise Oaks-Moffett taught English at Summit High School and was a dedicated educator for more than 21 years until her death in September. “Denise was the definition of teacher excellence,” wrote Summit High English Teacher Kristy McClain. Denise inspired both students and staff to perform at their highest caliber. Her husband Wes and her children accepted the award on her behalf.

Jahan Rafie was recognized as the Outstanding Youth for his academic excellence at Summit High School; his student leadership skills; his enthusiasm for extracurricular activities and athletics; as well as his dedication throughout the community. His list of activities at school and in the community is numerous and his positive attitude and willingness to help have been motivational to others.

Neils Lunceford was honored as the Outstanding Business primarily for their efforts to develop Silvana’s Community Garden, but also for their support throughout the community. The list of organizations to which they have contributed either money or services includes more than 40 groups. In accepting the award, owner Larry Lunceford was personally acknowledged for his dedication to the Summit County community.

John Taylor was recognized as Outstanding Citizen for his volunteer work with the American Red Cross, Wildfire Mitigation and Emergency Planning, Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness noxious weed program, State Weed Advisory Board, wilderness protection and Summit Senior Center. John’s spirit of volunteerism and commitment to the community is exemplary of outstanding citizenship.

The Family and Intercultural Resource Center was recognized as the Outstanding Nonprofit Organization for its efforts to help those in need, particularly during this past year of economic difficulty. The food banks served a 400 percent increase in need, and rental assistance more than doubled over the previous year. FIRC helps over 2,000 residents per year through direct assistance, home visitation, referrals and education services. FIRC’s role as a community collaborator has made the provision of these kinds of services significantly more effective and efficient in our community.

The David Olbright Outstanding Youth Mentor Award was presented this year to two young women for their motivation of girls age 12 and under in youth hockey. Jamilee Headley and Jessica Johns received the award in honor of their coaching skills that center around respect, admiration and a strong work ethic. Leading by example and through providing encouragement and motivation epitomizes the qualities of a youth mentor, qualities exemplified by Jamilee and Jessica. The award is also fitting in relationship to David Olbright’s love for the sport of hockey and his enthusiasm and spirit for sports.

In conjunction with the Annual Philanthropy Awards, 18 programs and 117 entities have been recognized for collaborative projects through the Community Collaboration Award. Established by Shaping our Summit in 1997, this award recognizes those businesses, nonprofit and governmental organizations in our community that collaborate to provide community programs. The 2009 Community Collaboration Award was presented to Silvana’s Community Garden, a working vegetable and produce garden developed for Summit County. The unique collaboration among the Town of Silverthorne and more than 55 businesses, organizations, grantors, individuals, and volunteers that provided more than 1,160 volunteer hours to turn vacant land into a marvelous and beautiful community garden that has given back to the community in numerous ways.

The food raised in the garden is used by numerous individuals and organizations, from food banks to the community dinner. One nominator remarked, “Silvana’s Community Garden contributes as one collaborative organism, growing, changing, adapting, consuming and giving back to the health and welfare from an individual level to a community-wide and grass-roots organization.” Recognized partners included Neils Lunceford, Town of Silverthorne, Summit Prevention Alliance, Summit County Government, La Vida Sana, Girl Scout Troop 2367 and Summit County 4-H.

The Summit Foundation accepted nominations from Summit County individuals, organizations and businesses. A countywide committee, with representation from the community, business, nonprofit, government and educational sectors, made the final selections.

The Summit Foundation developed the Summit County Philanthropy Awards program in 1991, modeling it after national and state celebrations in which residents are honored for their contributions to their community. Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies Jeffrey Bergeron for this year’s event, as well as the staff of the Copper Conference Center, LaserGraphics and Wilson Lass.

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