Summit Foundation gives out $263,170 to nonprofits |

Summit Foundation gives out $263,170 to nonprofits

KEYSTONE – The Summit Foundation presented $263,170 to local nonprofit organizations June 23 at its semi-annual spring grant reception.

Twenty-eight grants were distributed to nonprofit organizations in Summit, Park and Lake counties.

Also honored were 24 Summit High School graduates and one graduate from the Vail Mountain School, the recipients of senior scholarship awards announced earlier this spring.

At the Monday evening reception, arts and cultural organizations received a total of $22,325; health and human service agencies received $79,885; educational organizations received $69,422; one environmental organization received $9,500 and $55,859 was awarded in the sports category.

Two students, Rachel Bergstrom and Bob Koch, traveling to Costa Rica next spring with the Summit High School Spanish class were awarded scholarships totaling $1,250.

Additionally, the foundation presented $24,929 to five nonprofit organizations responsible for programs or projects in Park and Lake counties.

Grants were awarded from the foundation and several donor advised funds including the Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund, The Eileen and Paul Finkel Advised Fund and the Summit Association of Realtors Donor Advised Fund.

Including these most recent grants and scholarships, the foundation has awarded more than $5.4 million to 184 organizations and 322 high school students since 1986. Grants and scholarships awarded during the first six months of 2003 now total $350,170, a 4 percent increase over this same time last year.

The foundation also honored departing Advisory Board member Wes Smith, the retiring superintendent of schools, and newly elected Advisory Board members Cary Cooper, John Daisy and Turk Montepare.

The evening was highlighted by the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to long-time Summit County resident Olav Pedersen.

More than 25 years ago, Pedersen introduced the Ski for Light program in the United States.

Pedersen is a recipient of the St. Olav Medal presented by the King of Norway (1976) and was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1997 and the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2000.

He is not only well known throughout Summit County, but across Colorado and the United States for his life-long passion for cross country skiing and his enthusiasm to share his love of the sport over his lifetime while an instructor at the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

Established in 1984, The Summit Foundation is a community, public foundation. The cornerstone for the Foundation’s fundraising efforts is a transferable ski pass provided by Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort, Winter Park and Vail Resorts.

Additional funds are raised from a variety of annual special events including The Summit Foundation Hockey Classic, Rocky Mountain Golf Classic, Mountain Art Gathering and the Rubber Duck Race. And in May, the foundation hosted the Swing into Summer Golf event at the River Course, a benefit golf day made possible through the generosity of Keystone Resort.

Event proceeds from this special golf day have been designated to support the endowment fund.

The foundation is governed by a 21-member Board of Trustees and 10-member Advisory Board including Brett Barrett, David Barry, Larry Beebe, Gini Bradley, Theresa Campbell, Linda Clem, Jan Coles, Cary Cooper, Bob Craig, John Daisy, Greg Finch, Nancy Follett, Tim Gagen, Marge Gavenda, Maggie Hillman, Marilyn Hogan, Peter Janes, Cleve Keller, John Krakauer, Meg Lass, Gary Lindstrom, Win Lockwood, Roger McCarthy, Turk Montepare, Anne Stonington, Fred Terens, Patty Theobald, Carre Warner, Valerie Williams, Jack Wolfe and Dale Yanari.

Members of the staff include Jennifer Bergeron and Angie Carlevato, administrative assistants; Åsa Armstrong, special events and business development director; Judi LaPoint, director of development and Debra Edwards, executive director.

For information about the foundation, call (970) 453-5970 or visit

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