Zupp’s on for Friday benefit
SUMMIT COUNTY – Soup kitchens are not only for the homeless.
MiZuppa has been cooking up soup daily for Summit County locals and guests for several years now. The two stores, in Breckenridge and Frisco, have gathered an avid following of dedicated fans and are calling on their customers to help them in a friendly competition.
On Friday, the soup stores will compete for customers and a show of local pride in an effort to raise money for the Summit Foundation.
“As a natural part of doing business, MiZuppa strives to be good neighbors and active contributors in our Summit County community,” said Doug Schwartz, owner of the Breckenridge store. “We created one day out of the year to support the Summit Foundation, which, in turn, helps more than 167 nonprofit organizations.”
Last year, the two stores raised almost $4,500 for the nonprofit and hope to beat that amount this year, with the competition twist, said Bob Gontram, owner of Frisco MiZuppa.
“Every dollar that is rung up at the register goes to the (Summit) Foundation,” Gontram said, adding that the stores will absorb the costs of the soup, bread, sandwiches and salads sold during the donation drive.
Gontram and Schwartz chose to donate the proceeds to the Summit Foundation because the nonprofit will “funnel charity money to the county for people who need it,” Gontram said. “The Summit Foundation does a really good job at that – they’re like our (own) United Way.”
MiZuppa restaurants are located in the City Market Center on Park Avenue in Breckenridge and near Safeway in the Frisco Station Shopping Center.
As for which town will win the competition Friday, Gontram already has placed his bets.
“Of course, Frisco’s going to win,” he said and laughed.
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Snow on the ground and Thanksgiving just around the corner mean it’s time to go bowling – turkey bowling, that is.
Turkey bowling isn’t an official sport, but it’s gaining popularity as a holiday fund-raising event.
On Saturday and on Thanksgiving, Copper Mountain will hold its third annual turkey bowling event. All monies raised from the whacky fund raiser will benefit the Advocates for the Victims of Assault, a local nonprofit organization.
The so-called bowling lanes will be set up in the Burning Stones Plaza, at the base of the American Eagle lift. Instead of pins, bowlers will attempt to knock down wooden pilgrims, said Copper Mountain spokeswoman Beth Jahnigen.
The bowl is sure to be a funny time, she said.
“Frozen turkeys aren’t exactly round, so it’s really unpredictable where they end up,” Jahnigen said.
Each time participants bowl, their names will be entered into a hat for prizes, including T-shirts, lift tickets and a grand prize pair of skis or a snowboard.
The six to eight turkeys used for the bowl will be donated to local families in need.
“It’s a fun, silly, festive way to celebrate Thanksgiving and help out a good cause at the same time,” Jahnigen said.
Food drive Saturday
SUMMIT COUNTY – ‘Tis the month to benefit the Summit Foundation.
As the MiZuppa restaurants wrap up their philanthropic soup competition Friday, employees with local shuttle service Resort Express will open their hearts by opening their vans.
Together, the Summit Foundation and Resort Express are challenging the community to fill the vans with non-perishable food items for the less fortunate in the county. Resort Express will donate the food to the Summit County Social Services and the Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) food banks.
The annual collection will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the City Markets in Dillon and Breckenridge and at Safeway in Frisco.
The nonprofits need items such as chili (meat or vegetarian), refried beans, dry pinto beans, rice, tortillas, canned vegetables, instant potatoes, canned fruit, Saltine crackers, spaghetti, pasta sauce, can openers, canned juice, peanut butter and more.
Last year, donations almost filled one Resort Express van.
“We were quite pleased with our success last year and are looking forward to additional success this year,” said David Preaus, Resort Express director of marketing and community relations, adding that they hope to increase last year’s donations by 50 percent.
The Ronald McDonald House Foundation donated 500 backpacks as a part of the drive. According to Preaus, Resort Express will donate 100 backpacks to Summit County Social Services and the rest to FIRC, which will distribute them to students needing assistance.
As a result of the community’s generosity throughout the year, the Summit Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totalling nearly $4.7 million to 167 nonprofit organizations since 1986.
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