Summit County nonprofit and charity news: Colorado flood relief, school funding and a volunteer fair |

Summit County nonprofit and charity news: Colorado flood relief, school funding and a volunteer fair

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Summit County IT professionals raise more than $2K for STEM

The newly formed Summit County Information Technology (IT) Professionals group raised more than $2,000 in donations for the Frisco Elementary STEM program via its first annual “Summit County IT Open” golf tournament.

Participating in the networking event were 24 golfers from technology companies and departments including Copper, Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Brocade, Accenture, Nimble Storage/Lewan and the town of Breckenridge.

“The Summit County IT Open was a great success and a great cause in raising money for the Frisco STEM program. It is nice to witness such a network of IT professionals come together in Summit County and (have) a chance to foster meaningful relationships within the community,” said Mike Hurwitch, Copper Mountain IT director.

The Summit County IT Open will be returning to the links at Copper Mountain next September.

“We really appreciate the support that this tournament provided us. Every little bit helps in this new venture to integrate science, technology, engineering and math into our school,” said Peder Hansen, STEM coordinator at Frisco Elementary. “Support from the community is key and having these kinds of amazing partnerships will help us succeed.”

The Summit County IT Professionals will continue networking efforts with happy-hour events in October and November. More information is available at

Donations needed for

Front Range flood relief

AlpinAire Healthcare in Breckenridge is teaming up with the Salvation Army in Boulder to provide relief to people affected by the recent floods. Items such as clothing, coats, gloves, hats, towels, bedding, luggage, duffel bags or backpacks, boots, shoes, underwear, socks and toiletries are needed. AlpinAire Healthcare will park its truck in the Walmart parking lot in Frisco this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will take any of the above listed donated items. No cash or furniture donations will be accepted.

Father Dyer to host volunteer fair with After Hours Denver

A community-wide volunteer day will be held Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. at Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge.

Former comedian Jerry Herships will speak about his outreach to the poor and homeless in Denver through his nonprofit After Hours Denver. Weekly, After Hours Denver feeds meals, provides water and distributes socks to nearly 600 hungry individuals in urban Denver.

The event will also feature a presentation from 15 Summit High School and Summit Middle School students who recently participated with After Hours Denver in order to learn more about how they could serve their Summit County community.

At 10 a.m., a volunteer fair will be held in conjunction with local nonprofit agencies. Individuals are encouraged to attend and get involved in helping the Summit County community. Community agencies participating include the Advocates for Victims of Assault, CASA, BOEC, Bristlecone Health Services, Domus Pacis, Mountain Mentors, Summit County Care Clinic, Summit County Senior Center, Lord of the Mountains Outreach Programs, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Outreach Programs and Father Dyer Outreach Programs.

For information about these and other community outreach programs, contact Melody Sommers at Father Dyer UMC at (970) 453-2250 or

Rotary Club supports troops

The Rotary Club of Summit County is proud to announce it has spent more than $50,000 to support our deployed troops and disabled military returning from war. Much of this money has been donated by the members of our community, for which we are most grateful. They know that we will use the funds wisely.

One of our Summit County troops recently sent an e-mail from Afghanistan, “I am a flight medic in a DUSTOFF unit and don’t have time to hit the chow hall sometimes. The healthy snacks were a blessing during those inopportune times my job provides. Thank you for the amazing care packages.” If you have a loved one serving in Afghanistan, let us know.

We need your support in continuing to brighten the days of these brave, young people.

Please send a donation to the “Summit County Rotary Charitable Fund,” P.O. Box 4401, Frisco, CO 80443. Put for “Troop Support” on the check, please. Note that contributions are tax deductible as the SCRCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thank you so much. For further information, contact or (970) 453-4778.

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