Summit Foundation doles out $484,489 |

Summit Foundation doles out $484,489

BRECKENRIDGE ” The Summit Foundation awarded $484,489 in second-half 2004 grants Monday to 48 nonprofits, bringing the annual giving gift total to $949,994.

Total giving for 2004 rose 17.65 percent over 2003, foundation executive director Deb Edwards said.

Since 1986, the foundation has awarded $6.824 milion to more than 200 community organizations in support of 1,110 program and projects.

The Summit Foundation spreads its grant-making across Summit, Lake, Park and Chaffee county nonprofits.

At the Monday evening reception a Beaver Run Resort, sponsored Myriam Enterprises, art and cultural organizations garnered $60,535; health and human service agencies earned $252,910, educational organizations won $84,444, environmental organizations got $23,700 and $43,500 was awarded in the sports category.

The foundation also presented $19,400 to seven nonprofit organizations located in Kremmling, Leadville and Buena Vista.


Officials recognized the Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin ski areas in Summit County, along with Winter Park, Vail and Beaver Creek for their long-time partnership with the organization.

This ongoing relationship enables the foundation the opportunity to generate significant revenues through its transferable patron pass program.

Foundation board members were acknowledged for their ongoing service and commitment.

Several new members to the Advisory Board, including Kara Heide, Jim Gentling, Millie Hamner, Rob Millisor and Steve Paccagnan were introduced.

Additionally, Gini Bradley and Cary Cooper were acknowledged for their recent election from the Advisory Board to the Board of Trustees and Dick Carlton was welcomed as a returning Board of Trustees member.

Meg Lass was thanked for her 10 years of service on the Board of Trustees. Special recognition and appreciation was given to Cleve Keller who ended his tenure after serving 16 years on the Board of Trustees.

The foundation honored five-, 10-, 15- and 20-year donors for their support.

Twenty-year donors included Anne Stonington, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Fergus Productions – Jack Wilson.

Three fifteen-year donor included Blue River Sports – Dave Newkirk, Scott Sodergren and John George, Daniels Houlton Family Foundation – Bill and Joan Houlton,and Wilson Lass – Meg Lass and Tony Wilson.

Ten-year contributors receiving special thanks were Peter and Patti Janes, Sam and Barbara McCleneghan, Jack and Pat Thomas and Ten Mile Title – Liz Tovar.

Five-year patrons acknowledged included Bruce and Marcy Benson, Gary and Nancy Carlston, Cary and Marsha Cooper, Michael and Karen Disotelle, Terry and Toni Lee Drabant, Tony and Barbara Flitcraft, Fred and Ellen Fulkerson, Tim and Ann Gagen, Rick and Susie Grossman, Daniel Herbst, Jerry and Janie James, Ellen Kramer, Mike and Pam Krugman, Mont and Karen Levy, Morey and Shirley Melnick, Terry and Theresa Perkins, Tim Rice, Marie Roberts, Daphne Schroth, Martin and Maxine Solomon, Hal and Janet Tague, Jack Taylor and Ann Marie Damian, John and Pat Taylor, Steve and Linda Venturoni, Tom and Linda Watkins, Bryan and Sue Whitcomb, Everest Materials – Greg Norwick and Doug Hartley, Frank and Louise Holmes Trust – Brian and Marilyn Miller, Keith Miller and Pam Miller Johnson, Marketplace Architects – Jerry and Mimi Dokken, McCrerey and Roberts Construction Company – Mark McCrerey and Linda Roberts and the Merriman Family Foundation – George Merriman.

Who serves on the boards

A Board of Trustees and Advisory Board govern the activities of the Foundation.

The 2004 board members include Brett Barrett, David Barry, Larry Beebe, Ernie Blake, Gini Bradley, Theresa Campbell, Linda Clem, Jan Coles, Cary Cooper, Bob Craig, Greg Finch, Nancy Follett, Tim Gagen, Marge Gavenda, Kara Heide, Maggie Hillman, Marilyn Hogan, Peter Janes, Cleve Keller, Margaret Kral, Meg Lass, Gary Lindstrom, Win Lockwood, Roger McCarthy, Turk Montepare, Anne Stonington, Fred Terens, Patty Theobald, Carre Warner, Maureen Westerland, Valerie Williams, Jack Wolfe, and the late Dale Yanari.

Foundation staff members include Åsa Armstrong, special events and business development director; Susie Brown, administrative assistant; Judi LaPoint, director of development and Deb Edwards, executive director.

Who won the grants

Arts and culture

– Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival ” a grant to fund a free concert performance at the Silverthorne Pavilion during the August 2005 season.

– Backstage Theatre ” a grant to support the 2004-2005 production season royalty costs and funding for the touring productions from the Curious Theatre Company and the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

– Breckenridge Music Institute ” funding for the 2005 Music-in-the-Schools program and the Summer 2005 Music Education Camp Scholarships for Summit County and neighboring community students. Funding for these programs is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund.

– Frisco Historical Society ” funding to construct display cases and cabinets for museum exhibits at the Old Jailhouse, the Annie Ruth House, the Bailey House and the Schoolhouse Museum at the Frisco Historic Park.

– Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts ” a grant to support the Youth Outreach Program, the Young People’s Theatre Workshop, two free Sunset at the Summit concerts during the summer of 2005 and computer software. Funding for these programs is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund.

– National Repertory Orchestra ” support for a Sunday performance to provide free lawn seating for concert goers, funding to support the Education and Outreach program and to purchase music to expand the NRO’s music library.

– Summit Choral Society ” funding to purchase performance music.

Health and human services

– Advocates for Victims of Assault ” a grant to support the services of the Legal Advocate and the Latina Outreach Coordinator.

– Bosom Buddies of the Summit ” support for a meeting facilitator and for guest speakers. Funding for this program is provided by The Summit Foundation and The Eileen and Paul Finkel Advised Fund.

– Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center – a grant to fund scholarships for Summit County residents and neighboring community residents using programs at the BOEC and to purchase safety equipment for the ropes course. Funding for these programs is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund.

– Bristlecone Health Services ” funding to support hospice and home healthcare services, medication and supplies for the residents of the county. Funding for this program is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund.

– CARE Network of Summit County ” a grant to support the maintenance and availability of the website.

– CASA of the Continental Divide ” funding for program and staff support to provide advocacy services for children in the court system in cases of dependency and neglect. Funding for this program is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund.

– Colorado West Mental Health ” Summit County – support for mental health and psychiatric counseling for residents of Summit County.

– Family and Intercultural Resource Center “a grant to support programs providing crisis intervention and emergency services to families, immigrants and refugees; and to provide family services to Summit County Head Start families.

– Flight for Life/Summit Medical Center Foundation ” support for the construction of a helicopter hanger at the new St. Anthony Summit Medical Center facility. Funding for this project is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund.

– Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project ” support for the

toll-free telephone service to access legal information, education and referral services of the agency.

– Summit Community Care Clinic ” a grant to support ongoing coordination of the clinic, community outreach, case management and grant writing. Funding for this program is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund.

– Summit County Government Department of Human Services ” a grant to continue the support for the weekly new moms support groups for infants and toddlers up to 18 months old and to begin a new dads weekly support group based on the new moms model.

– Summit County Government Department of Human Services ” Healthy Start Network – a grant for the collaborative efforts of Summit County Government Human Services, Public Health Nursing and the Family and Intercultural Resource Center to support the Healthy Start Network home visitation program.

– Summit County Rescue Group ” a grant to purchase an “Arizona Vortex,” a specialized piece of equipment that will assist in the difficult high angle rescues on both rock and snow.

– Summit Day Camps ” funding to support staff training and professional development in physical education, health and science and support for rock climbing, swimming, ice skating and science field trips for the children in the program.

– Summit Prevention Alliance ” funding to provide scholarships for new drivers to participate in the MasterDrive program, funding to promote cessation efforts among adults and youth in the community and support for the 2005 Make a Difference Day program.

– Timberline Adult Day Services ” to support the services provided at the center for patients needing adult day care and supervision, including exercise, activities and socialization as well as respite for the patient’s family members.

– Western Colorado AIDS Project ” funding to provide emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities as well as nutritional needs and medial transportation for HIV-affected persons in Summit County.


– Early Childhood Options ” a grant to continue supporting a variety of programs including offering consumer and public education regarding quality childcare, continued implementation of a Quality Rating Star System in collaboration with Educare of Colorado to measure and improve childcare quality, and to support the REAL Assistance Project which helps families afford quality, licensed childcare.

– Keystone Science School ” scholarship support for Summit Middle School sixth grade students to attend the Science School’s residential field science program.

– Little Red Schoolhouse ” a grant to purchase infant and toddler furniture and materials for the new childcare facility.

– Summit High School Instrumental Music Department ” a matching grant to purchase audio recording equipment for the high school band room.

– Summit School District ” a grant to support two or more teen parents in school needing childcare services at the high school.

– Zoomers dba Lake Dillon Preschool and Early Learning Center ” a grant to support science field trips and to purchase classroom equipment and furniture to improve the quality of care offered to the children and families.


– Colorado Fourteeners Initiative ” continued support for trail work on the Quandary Peak project by mitigating negative impacts on the mountain environment and maintaining a sustainable hiking route for trail users.

– Continental Divide Land Trust ” funding to support three programs: History of the Land – Giberson history booklet, education programs which provide information to the public regarding land preservation and marketing and outreach to increase conservation easement agreements.

– Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness ” funds to support the Volunteer Wilderness Ranger training program and to update and reprint the agency’s brochure. Funding for these programs is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund.

– Summit Recycling ” a grant to purchase a variety of computer equipment and promotional booth supplies, and a matching tuition grant to support attendance at a composting school.


– High Country Soccer Association ” a grant to purchase a variety of field equipment for the youth program.

– Snowboard Outreach Society – funding to continue the SOS University program in the Summit School District and to support the SOS Learn to Ride program in Summit County. The program is designed to not only teach snowboarding but to encourage five core values that include courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom and compassion.

– Summit High Blue Line Club ” funding to purchase ice time for the Summit High School Hockey team.

– Summit Hockey ” a grant to purchase ice time and to provide scholarships for Summit Hockey participants.

– Summit Huts Association ” funding to allow the Summit School District and other Summit County nonprofit organizations access to Summit Huts facilities for educational programs. Funding for this program is provided by The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund.

– Summit Lake Dillon Optimist Club ” funding to support the youth soccer, basketball and recognition programs offered to all elementary students in the county.

Good Neighbor grants

– Buena Vista Heritage ” a grant to organize and catalogue the archival collection housed in the research room at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

– Grand County Library District ” Kremmling Branch Library – support for the after-school and summer youth reading programs, the adult programs and the “Easy English” program for Spanish speakers in the community. Funding for this program is provided by The Eileen and Paul Finkel Advised Fund.

– Kremmling Memorial Hospital District ” a grant to support the ongoing maintenance of the hospital aviary.

– Colorado Fourteeners Initiative ” a grant for continued support of the Adopt-a-Peak and Peak Stewards program on Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert. This work includes continued trail route maintenance and restoration, environmental monitoring and stewardship.

– Lake County Music Boosters ” a grant to purchase an oboe and music for the Lake County School District music program.

– West Park Elementary Homework/Tutoring Club ” a grant to establish an after-school homework and tutoring program. Funding for this program is provided by The Summit Foundation and The Eileen and Paul Finkel Advised Fund.

– Park County School District ” a grant to support the Parents as Teachers program in Park County serving 118 children and their families.

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