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Summit County unveiled

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE – Party-goers at Cecilia’s Thursday night weren’t really sure they wanted to see Summit County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom or Breckenridge Ski Resort head honcho Roger McCarthy in the buff … but curiosity overcame them all.

“Whoa, look at Tony Wilson,” one said. “I didn’t realize he had such a killer body.”

“Bob Winsett – oh, he looks just like (WWE wrestler) The Rock,” another said.

“I have been waiting my whole life to see Deb Edwards naked,” said another, of The Summit Foundation executive director.

Such was the scene when the Summit Foundation released its inaugural Summit County Uncovered – a calendar compilation of nude, but tasteful, photos of local citizens.

Scores of people descended on the Breckenridge nightclub to peruse the calendar for the first time. Most of them took their calendar and retreated to corner tables to flip through the months, as if they wanted privacy the first time they opened it, said the foundation’s Asa Armstrong.

“People were so excited,” she said. “They were excited to see themselves, to see how tasteful it was done. People are already calling to get in next year’s calendar. People are dying to take their clothes off for next year.

Edwards – who with her entourage from the foundation is the pinup gal for the month of May – said the photo shoots were also done tastefully, with only photographer Winsett and creative director Tony Wilson in the room.

“As a staff, we realized we’d have to be willing to do this before we asked anyone else to do it,” she said. “We knew the photos would be very tasteful and beautiful; I had no hesitation at all. Some of the photos, you laugh out loud; some are as sweet as can be. Each photo has taken on the character of the organization it represents. It’s not about sex, it’s about doing something fun and unique to raise money for a bunch of worthy causes.”

The February photo depicts some of the boys of the Summit Huts Association, baring chests and behinds, with snow shovels, backpacks and backcountry skis covering the vital parts.

The Summit Seniors (March) posed with kayaks, golf equipment and snowboards overlooking Dillon Reservoir; the girls from The Summit Foundation are bathing in a pool of rubber duckies; and the November photo depicts Team Summit and the Quantum Sports Club hard bodies flexing their muscles at the Breckenridge Recreation Center.

Such calendars aren’t a new idea. The Summit Foundation got the idea when staff saw last year’s Vail Unveiled calendar, featuring Vail’s doctors, firefighters and other citizens.

“I immediately said, “Let’s do this!'” Edwards said. “It’s a great idea. It’s not a totally new concept, but it’s new for the Summit Foundation. We were definitely inspired by the success of the Vail calendar.”

The calendar retails for $19.95 with proceeds going to The Summit Foundation, a clearinghouse for nonprofits in Summit, Park and Lake counties. Last year the organization gave $792,000 to nonprofits; in the 19 years since its inception, the foundation has distributed more than $5.4 million in grants and scholarships.

Calendars are available at The Summit Foundation office on French Street in Breckenridge next to Community First Bank, Hamlet’s Bookshoppe on Main Street, City Market and Borders Books in Dillon and at other locations.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.


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