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WINTER 2017 Photo by Joe Kusumoto

Make a Difference for Nonprofits in Summit County Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 5th In partnership with Community First Foundation, The Summit Foundation has taken a leadership role as a Regional Champion for Summit County-based nonprofits participating in Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving at This partnership, titled Summit Gives, will allow all eligible Summit County-based nonprofits to be found on a specific landing page, “�. (continued on page 2...)

Jeanne Bistranin: Executive Director Terri Johnson: Finance Manager Elisabeth Lawrence: Events and Marketing Manager Megan Nuttelman: Program Officer Kasey Provorse: Director of Development

The Summit Foundation Phone: 970 453 5970

Post Office Box 4000 103 South Harris Street Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

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Sponsorship dollars are allowing The Summit Foundation to offset the third-party processing fees on Colorado Gives Day, allowing 100% of all donations to benefit the selected nonprofit organizations. In 2016, over $300,000 was contributed to 26 participating Summit County-based nonprofits through the statewide giving day. The eighth consecutive Colorado Gives Day will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Donations may be pre-scheduled beginning November 1. Contributions made through the website are directed to the charities specified by the donor.

Summit Gives is a collaborative effort spearheaded by The Summit Foundation to inspire generosity, strengthen local nonprofits, and increase online charitable giving for participating organizations through

Summit County-based Nonprofits featured in Advocates for Victims of Assault, Inc Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Inc. Breckenridge Film Festival Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Breckenridge Music Festival CASA of the Continental Divide Continental Divide Land Trust Domus Pacis Family Respite Education Foundation of the Summit Family and Intercultural Resource Center Far View Horse Rescue Friends of the Dillon Ranger District High Country Conservation Center Keystone Science School

Lake Dillon Theatre Company League for Animals and People of the Summit National Repertory Orchestra NWCCOG Foundation, Inc. Summit Community Care Clinic Summit County Arts Council Summit County Library Foundation Summit Housing Development Corporation Summit In Honduras Summit Public Radio & TV, Inc. Team Breckenridge Sports Club, Inc. Team Summit Colorado The Summit Foundation The Summit Historical Society Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies

Schedule your donation to support our community today!

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Geoff Buchheister Joins The Board We are pleased to announce that Geoff Buchheister, Vice President and General Manager for Keystone Resort, has joined The Summit Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Prior to his new role at Keystone, Geoff was vice president for Vail Resorts’ urban ski areas and spent most of his career in Park City in various financial leadership positions. Geoff has a long history of community involvement and is especially interested in youth development and helping youth to succeed in life. While in Park City, Geoff served on the Board of Directors for the local Youth Sports Alliance, a nonprofit that encourages outdoor activity and healthy lifestyles for youth. “I’m looking forward to learning more about our community and engaging where I can be helpful,” said Buchheister. “I’ve already seen the passion that people have to make a difference, and I am committed to being a part of that.” Geoff’s connection to Colorado goes way back, having grown up in Winter Park where his father was an executive with Winter Park Resort. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and was a three-time NCAA All-American racer on the CU ski team. His wife Tina is a physical therapist and was also a three-time NCAA All-American ski racer at the University of Utah. They have two children, ages 7 and 10.

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27th Annual Philanthropy Awards Honors Outstanding Community Members The 27th Annual Philanthropy Awards on November 16th celebrated the vital contributions nonprofit organizations and individuals make to our mountain community. A large crowd of friends, colleagues, community and family members gathered at Keystone Conference Center to honor this year’s Philanthropy Award recipients. The event, sponsored by FirstBank, Climax Molybdenum Company and The Summit Foundation, recognized and honored donors, volunteers, nonprofit leaders, and organizations for their commitment to the community.

OUTSTANDING BOARD MEMBER CYNTHIA GORDON After graduating from the Leadership Summit program, Cynthia found an opportunity to serve with the Breckenridge Film Festival (BFF). The organization was at a tipping point, and with Cynthia’s help, it was revitalized. Cynthia has taken her role as BFF Board Member these past five years very seriously, and practically turned it into a full-time volunteer position, all for the success of the Film Festival. Along with her husband Ben, Cynthia is a generous financial supporter of the Festival as well. But her quiet, dedicated spirit are what really sets her apart and she has been very influential in recruiting volunteers for BFF. Nominated by Janice Miller

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS iFURNISH Celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year, iFurnish has been contributing to the community since its inception. Owned by Kelly & Tony Pestello, iFurnish is located in Frisco. Through deeply discounted or donated items, they have helped support the following nonprofits: Advocates for Victims of Assault, Summit Community Care Clinic, Summit County Preschool, Team Summit and The Summit Foundation. iFurnish has also provided cash donations through sponsorships of large events such as Soup for the Soul, Dancing with the Mountain Stars, Ski Ball, and the Great Rubber Duck Race, as well as ongoing events of Summit County Rotary and the Summit Chamber of Commerce. The Pestellos both serve on many nonprofit boards and committees throughout our community. Nominated by Jordan Schultz

OUTSTANDING CITIZEN GINI BRADLEY A Summit County local since 1981, Gini Bradley wears many hats in the community. She has worked as a firefighter, in many nonprofit leadership positions, and most recently as a private consultant for nonprofits. When it comes to human services in Summit County, she is known as the “matriarch” for all the work she has done for countless organizations. At her core she is an astoundingly effective facilitator, a connector of people and ideas. When she volunteers, she goes all in and is in it for the long haul. She throws her whole heart into everything she does and generously shares her passions with others. She has started nonprofits, nurtured programs, led initiatives, created ideas, and sparked energy behind the community’s greatest accomplishments. Overall, she has ensured that our community’s lives have been greatly improved. Nominated by Helen Royal

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION MOUNTAIN MENTORS Founded in 1987, the Mountain Mentors Program is a Summit County Government and Youth and Family Services community based mentoring program. This program matches a caring adult volunteer with youth ages 8-16, the mission being “to positively influence the youth of Summit County to lead healthy lifestyles, through a consistent one-to-one relationship with an adult.” Pairing a mature adult in a consistent mentoring relationship with diverse young people can create lasting bonds and help develop skills to bridge maturation challenges. There are currently 50 students matched with a mentor, while an additional 65 are on the waiting list to receive a mentor. In 2016 they opened a new community teen center “The Drop”, which provides a safe community space for youth socialization after school. 4

Nominated by Laurie Blackwell

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR RYAN BURR Ryan Burr serves as a 4th Grade Teacher at Dillon Valley Elementary School, where he taught for the last 17 years. He is a teacher that wants to provide opportunities to all students, regardless of their background. His focus is on his students and he has one rule in big letters on the wall of his classroom: “Be kinder than necessary.” He leads from his heart and looks for the students that need a boost and then helps them soar. Through Summit School District (SSD), Ryan serves on the Building Leadership Team, Peer Observation Group, and as a mentor to new teachers. Known for leading SSD through the 4th Grade district-wide High Trails Program, he recently incorporated a Fall hut trip for his 4th grade students. Nominated by Joe Johnson

DR. OLIVER STONINGTON OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST MAGGIE & WALLY DUCAYET Maggie and Wally Ducayet have offered their time, talent, and treasure in many ways to the benefit of Summit County and even far beyond. Maggie started the nonprofit Summit in Honduras, which is connecting many Summit County residents to the second poorest country in our hemisphere. Wally serves as the Treasurer to several local nonprofits, including Breckenridge Music Festival and The Summit Foundation. They are both tireless volunteers in our community, who also donate generously to the causes they care about. The Ducayets give from the heart, with both their time and money. Nominated by Don Parsons

OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT PROFESSIONAL BRUCE FITCH For over 40 years, Bruce Fitch has dedicated his career to outdoor education. After nearly three decades with Outward Bound, he has spent the last 11 years as the Executive Director of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). With Bruce at the helm, the BOEC is now the largest adaptive program in the country and arguably, the most respected. The BOEC has experienced tremendous growth during Bruce’s tenure, as well as the development of a $2 million capital campaign. Known for “leading from behind” he has inspired others who have since become heads of their own programs. Bruce will retire in December 2017 and leave a lasting legacy for the long-standing organization. Nominated by Tim Casey

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER ALICIA DUNN At the inception of the Summit Community Care Clinic, Alicia Dunn began volunteering with the organization, as she proceeded to do on and off for the next 19 years. Her Care Clinic volunteer breaks were notable for her time with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, as well as the Summit School District PTA. Her involvement with the Care Clinic brought her back to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for their signature event, Soup for the Soul. You can annually find her volunteering at the Frisco BBQ, 9News Health Fair, Rally for the Cure, and Snowshoe for the Cure. Alicia also serves as a committee chair for the local PEO, a board member of the Summit County Garden Club, President of her HOA, as well as a dedicated volunteer of Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon. Nominated by Helen Royal

OUTSTANDING YOUTH LILIAN TOBIAS Motivation and dedication are the first words used to describe Lili Tobias. Having a heart for service, Lili is involved with countless organizations and volunteer activities. She is part of the Leadership Class at Summit High School, and is always willing to plan and organize school events. She consistently gives of her time and talents for the betterment of her school. She has done great work to benefit Haitian children through the Rotary Interact Club, of which she is a member. While at Summit High School she is participating in the Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate program, which requires a rigorous coarse load.

DAVID OLBRIGHT OUTSTANDING YOUTH MENTOR JAY DEBAGGIS For children that attend Little Red Schoolhouse, they have “Great Uncle Jay”, who comes to read stories every Wednesday. That uncle is Breckenridge’s Jay DeBaggis. Some children call him their “best friend” and the “man that makes their brain grow”. For the past 5 years, a local child has had the privilege of being matched with Jay through the Mountain Mentors Program. Jay and his mentee, Matthew, spend an extraordinary amount of time together, enjoying all that Summit County has to offer. When Jay realized the Mountain Mentors scholarship fund was running low, he started a fundraiser of skiing in a straight-jacket, all to raise funds for this great program. To date he has raised over $30,000, while skiing in a straight-jacket. Jay is known for his zest for life and his hilarious sense of humor. Nominated by Shawna Gogolen

SPIRIT OF THE SUMMIT AWARD TIM CASEY The Spirit of the Summit Award exemplifies a will and character that stands as an example to others. Whether through adversity, a contagious zest for life or an unflagging enthusiasm for community, family or organization, the recipient has a visible, tangible spirit that inspires, changes and enhances all whose lives are touched by them.

Nominated by Jody Cheatum-Wilson Photos by Jeff Kepler


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Including this year’s recipients, 277 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to our community over the past 27 years. The Summit Foundation thanks the community for all of their heartfelt nominations and support for these wonderful individuals and organizations.

Annual Parade of Homes Record-Breaking $44,000 Raised for The Summit Foundation More than 2,200 individuals visited 17 homes in Summit County during the 23rd Annual Parade of Homes held September 23, 24, 30, and October 1. Summit County Builders Association hosts this premier home tour to showcase the latest in building design and trends. The event’s fund-raising success is made possible in thanks to more than 50 volunteers who spent the two weekends collecting donations and greeting guests. Photo by Carl Scofield

Donor Profile Steve & Trish Shapiro After living in many cities and countries and raising their son, Steve and Trish Shapiro chose Summit County for their home. One of Summit’s assets that attracted them was outdoor recreation, of course; they both enjoy our “Big 5”, as Steve calls them: skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, and fishing (or golf for some).

Mountain Living magazine hosted the annual Awards Party at Silverthorne Pavilion, with over 200 guests in attendance. The magazine’s editors honored Pinnacle Mountain Homes with the Peak Award for its home at Copper Mountain. Various other homes across the county were recognized for their thoughtful and creative design. The Summit Foundation is appreciative of the Summit County Builders Association for this wonderful event and is thankful to be recognized as the event’s beneficiary. For further information on the Summit County Builders Association visit

Another asset in their eyes is The Summit Foundation. As philanthropists all their lives, they find The Foundation’s work extremely valuable: identifying community issues and bringing people together to address them; coordinating efforts among non-profits, local governments, and other interested parties; raising money and distributing it to deserving charities; vetting those charities to ensure they effectively accomplish their missions; and occasionally providing seed money to help start local charities tackling new challenges; these are valuable contributions The Foundation makes to Summit County. The Shapiros philanthropic strategy is to “Give where you live”. Local charities address many of the same issues that national ones do: poverty, hunger, homelessness, mental health, education, health care, the environment. But with local charities, donors can see the results of their giving and can even influence those results. So giving to local charities, especially through an umbrella organization like The Summit Foundation, can be more productive and satisfying. They see The Foundation as the “fabric of our community”, weaving together our people and organizations to solve problems and make Summit County even greater than it already is. A good example is Summit Community Care Clinic (SCCC). Trish serves on the Advisory Board and believes quality health care, which SCCC provides, is something all our community members need and deserve. One of Steve and Trish’s experiences illustrates their approach to living and giving. Years ago, when Steve wanted to buy a sports car, Trish agreed – IF he would donate as much money to charity as they spent on the car. Steve agreed; and hearing them tell the story, you get the feeling they enjoyed the giving as much as they enjoyed the sports car, if not more!

Photo by Kimberly Galvin for Pinnacle Design Studio

Photo by Darren Edwards for Pinnacle Mountain Homes Built by Pinnacle Mountain Homes, this home in Copper Mountain won several awards during the 23rd Annual Parade of Homes.

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The 30th Annual Great Rubber Duck: Another Record-Breaking Year Over $150,000 Raised to Support Our Community On Saturday, September 2nd, more than 11,000 rubber ducks raced down the Blue River in Breckenridge for The Summit Foundation’s 30th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race. Sponsored by Breckenridge Grand Vacations and BGV Gives, this long-standing community event raised a record-setting $152,000 for The Summit Foundation. The Hudson Auto Source Kids Duck Dash started the day’s races with 885 ducks raining down into the Blue River with the help of Red, White, & Blue Fire Department and their ladder truck. Over 2,500 children enjoyed free bounce-houses, slides, a community mural, and other fun activities for free. All of this amusement was sponsored by FirstBank. 416 ducks participated in the Kaiser Permanente Business Battle Duck Race. The grand prize was a private, catered snow cat trip for 12 courtesy of Vail Resorts EpicPromise.

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At 3 p.m., the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race began in Maggie Pond at Main Street Station. With a large crowd of spectators, cheers began as more than 11,000 ducks raced down the Blue River in hopes of securing one of 100 prizes. Blue River Plaza and the Riverwalk Center lawn were full of spectators as the ducks arrived at the finish line on an unseasonably warm sunny day. For a list of winners, please visit Save Saturday September 1, 2018 for the 31st Annual Great Rubber Duck Race... one of the longest-running Duck Races in the country! Ducks will go on sale in the Summer 2018 newsletter.

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What’s Inside •

Contribute to Nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day on December 5th

Welcome Geoff Buchheister to the Board of Trustees

Your Donation Makes a Difference: Over $2.9 Million Awarded

27th Annual Philanthropy Awards Honors Outstanding Community Members

Donor Profile: Steve & Trish Shapiro

Annual Parade of Homes raises $44,000 for The Summit Foundation

The 30th Annual Great Rubber Duck: Another Record-Breaking Year

December 5, 2017 Colorado Gives Day. January 30, 2018 Grant Recipient Luncheon Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center June 9, 2018 Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk, Breckenridge June 10, 2018 31st Annual Breckenridge Grand Vacations Golf Tournament, Breckenridge Golf Club September 1, 2018 31st Annual Great Rubber Duck Race Breckenridge September 22, 23, 29, & 30, 2018 Summit County Parade of Homes November 15, 2018 28th Annual Philanthropy Awards

Thank You to Our Partners for a Stronger Community

Jeff Kepler Photography

Profile for Kasey Geoghegan

The Summit Foundation Winter 2017 Newsletter  

The Summit Foundation Winter 2017 Newsletter

The Summit Foundation Winter 2017 Newsletter  

The Summit Foundation Winter 2017 Newsletter