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WINTER 2011 Photo by Kay Beaton

Outstanding Community Members Recognized Through Philanthropy Awards The 21st Annual Philanthropy Awards on November 18th was an evening of heart-warming celebration as friends, colleagues, community, and family members gathered at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center to honor this year’s recipients. The event, sponsored by Wells Fargo and The Summit Foundation, recognized and honored individuals, organizations, and businesses for their time and money contributed to the community through varying entities. The 2011 awards were presented to Paul and Eileen Finkel as the Dr. Oliver Stonington Outstanding Philanthropists, Doug Sims as Outstanding Board Member, Peggy Hiller as Outstanding Volunteer, Tamara Drangstveit as Outstanding Nonprofit Professional, Chris Lambrecht as Outstanding Educator, Sarah Vaine as Outstanding Citizen, Javier Pineda as Outstanding Youth, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics as Outstanding Business, Domus Pacis as Outstanding Nonprofit Organization, and Everett Thomas as the David Olbright Outstanding Youth Mentor. Including this year’s recipients, 210 individuals, families, community organizations, and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to our community over the past 21 years.

Library, Summit Education Foundation, Summit Arts Council, Summit Public Radio, Synagogue of the Summit, and the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. Doug Sims’ board recognition stems from his instrumental leadership, commitment, and generosity to Keystone Science School and the Keystone Neighbourhood Company. Peggy Hiller’s broad involvement with various causes and fundraisers, including but not limited to, Summit Prevention Alliance, Make a Difference Day, and Summit School District is exemplary. She also inspires her fellow staff at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to volunteer throughout the community. As Executive Director of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), Tamara Drangstveit has demonstrated outstanding management and community collaboration in guiding FIRC to be recognized as one of the most respected organizations in the community. Nicknamed Mr. Happy, Chris Lambrecht emulates a true joy in teaching Science at Summit High School. Through a learning environment that is stimulating and fun, his enthusiasm engages, inspires, and motivates students.

The Finkels philanthropic involvement includes support of organizations such as Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge Music Festival, Summit County

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Lee Zimmerman: Executive Director Kasey Geoghegan: Director of Development Jennifer Stein: Events and Marketing Coordinator Cheri Ryan: Administrative Assistant and Office Manager Amy Priegel: Database and Accounting Administrator

Phone: 970 453 5970 Fax: 970 453 1423

Post Office Box 4000 111A Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

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Sarah Vaine’s community efforts transcend her current role as Executive Director of Summit Community Care Clinic and her previous leadership at Advocates for Victims of Assault; she is active in various youth and health-related committees and has established several collaborative programs to benefit our community. Sarah’s exceptional level of motivation, practicality, and commitment exemplify her powerful leadership abilities. As the first Latino to be elected Student Body President at Summit High School, Javier Pineda is a role model for his fellow students. In his nearly 20 years of work with Boy Scout Troop 187, Everett Thomas has touched and positively impacted the lives of hundreds of kids. In the three years since its founding as a nonprofit organization, Domus Pacis has enabled more than 100 families respite from cancer treatments

and varying medical issues. Through the dedication and excellence of founder MaryLouise (Duck) White-Petteruti, Domus Pacis has engaged 78 residences, 95 businesses and 75 volunteers to provide support, lodging, donated meals, and services for these families. For over two decades, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to our local communities through direct financial contributions and community outreach efforts. “The Summit Foundation is pleased to be able to recognize individuals, youth, organizations, and businesses for this exemplary dedication to the causes of their choice,” said Gini Bradley, President of The Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “It is truly significant to honor the vital role that donors, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations play in creating and sustaining a healthy community for our residents and visitors.”

Contribute to Colorado Nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day Through Colorado Gives Day on December 6, 2011, residents are encouraged to give to charities or nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado. One of seven nonprofits in Summit County registered with “GivingFirst,” The Summit Foundation will be eligible to receive donations through Colorado Gives Day. Donations given through the website will be directed to the charities specified by the donor. During the inaugural event last year, $8.7 million was

donated over this 24 hour period. Colorado Gives Day officially begins at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6 and ends at midnight. In addition, FirstBank has pledged $300,000 that will be distributed proportionately as a “boost” to the donor’s contributions. In addition to The Summit Foundation, organizations eligible to receive contributions through Colorado Gives Day include Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, CASA, Family & Intercultural Resource Center,

National Repertory Orchestra, SOS Outreach, and Summit Community Care Clinic. To donate to The Summit Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 6, visit the following website and select the “Donate” button: For details, contact The Summit Foundation or visit our website,

Next-Generation Planning for Your Ski Home We recently noticed an insightful book whose message should resonate among many of our supporters. A ski home can be a very special place for families through the generations. But relationships among children and grandchildren around this valuable asset don’t always remain peaceful forever.


Saving the Family Cottage: A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home (Stuart J. Hollander, Rose Hollander & David S. Fry, 3rd Edition, Nolo 2009) is a comprehensive treatment of the perils of failing to plan carefully for passing a vacation home to the next generation and beyond. The typical method of deeding a home to children as tenants-in-common is simple; but does not account for differences in the needs and circumstances of the eventual owners.

Most importantly, a partition—the ancient, but still common method of resolving disputes among co-owners—often results in needless pain and expense. On the other hand, entity ownership in a Limited Liability Company (LLC) provides a flexible and democratic solution to this common problem. Steve Smith, one of our Trustees, has written a review of the book in his blog ( In addition, we are in touch with one of the book’s authors, Attorney David Fry, about coming to Breckenridge to conduct an educational workshop on the topic for our Peaks Society. Please contact if such a workshop would be of interest and you might like to attend.

Looking for a Holiday Gift Idea? This year, in lieu of sending holiday greeting cards or gifts, consider making a charitable contribution to honor your clients, friends, family, and loved ones. The Summit Foundation invites you to benefit more than 80 nonprofit organizations and over 100 scholarship recipients by making a tax-deductible donation to The Summit Foundation. A contribution is a wonderful alternative to sending holiday greeting cards or gifts. In addition to sending you a letter of acknowledgement recognizing your tax-deductible donation, The Summit Foundation will send out a note acknowledging your gift to your clients, family and/or friends. Contributions may also be made in honor or memory of special loved ones. Visit to make a donation online and use the tribute line to let us know how you would like the acknowledgment to appear (i.e. “in lieu of holiday greetings,” “in lieu of a gift,” “in honor of...,” “in memory of...,” etc.) The enclosed envelope may also be used to mail contributions to The Summit Foundation at P.O. Box 4000 Breckenridge, CO 80424. Or stop by our office at 111A Lincoln Avenue in Breckenridge. Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season, The Summit Foundation

Photo by Bob Winsett 8-year-old Colleen Clougher establishes her “leadership position” with Dakota and Sunday in the most recent Leadership with Horses class.

Nonprofit Profile Swan Center Outreach Swan Center Outreach, an educational nonprofit located in Silverthorne, partners previously abused and neglected animals (primarily horses) with youth for extraordinary educational opportunities. In June, The Summit Foundation provided operational expense funding to Swan Center Outreach to provide these programs. This past summer, Swan Center Outreach provided an exciting day camp opportunity for 50 local kids by partnering with Mountain Mentors, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Summit Prevention Alliance (SPA). The focus of these camps were character development in an experiential workshop with horses. Interactions with horses provide youth a greater awareness of their own abilities and help them develop communication, partnership, and leadership skills. The horses provide a wonderful avenue to teach these skills because their size is intimidating and they are only willing to follow the children’s instruction when the kids show confidence as leaders. Swan’s camps have been a life changing experience, as one of the children explains below. “I learned how to use my energy to communicate with the horses, and that you have to use the appropriate body language when you talk to them. I think this information will help me in my life because I learned to communicate in different ways. I also learned that no one is the same, so you have to treat each person differently, just like the horses. This was awesome!” ~Ernesto Valderrama, age 13 Horses provide an exceptional vehicle for teaching kids about leadership, because leadership is a critical factor in the social structure of horses. The animals depend on a leader for their survival. The lead horse (usually a mare, a female horse) is experienced, knowledgeable, responsible, and the most committed horse in the herd. This female exhibits maturity and compassion when taking care of her herd, protecting all its members from predators and finding water and food when needed. Interestingly, the qualities that horses look for in a leader are similar to what humans look for in leaders. When humans interact with horses, the most successful relationship occurs when we behave as a leader. The horse understands leadership and will trust us if we exhibit confident behavior. A successful relationship makes the horse feel safe and the animal will willingly follow direction. Youth involved in Swan Center Outreach programs pick this up quickly and realize the huge accomplishment when the horse begins to trust them. Swan Center Outreach serves the Summit County community with these educational programs. Our dream is to enhance our community through animal/human related programs and to inspire through service, all of its members, while giving our youth the resources necessary to help them grow and thrive as productive members of society. If you are interested in learning more about Swan Center Outreach, visit or call 970.468.0924. John Longhill is the executive director and a lead instructor for Swan Center Outreach. He lives in Silverthorne with his wife Rose and their daughter Ashley.

and then at Warschawski, the number one small PR firm in the United States. Chris relocated to Dillon at the beginning of this summer and fervently pursued connections with community service organizations. The 23-year-old says he was drawn to The Summit Foundation after learning about the vast scope of the organization’s mission and distribution of funds.

Photo by Bob Winsett

Summer Assistant Profile Chris Runyon

Chris Runyon is exactly the type of new resident who can help Summit County thrive. This summer, The Summit Foundation was fortunate to hire Chris as an Events Assistant for eight weeks. Passionate about giving back to his new community, dedicated, and hard working, Chris helped The Foundation carry out its most successful Great Rubber Duck Race ever! An avid snowboarder and head of his college snowboard club, Chris dreamed of moving West throughout college. A Virginia native, Chris obtained his Bachelor’s from James Madison University in Media Arts and Design. He moved on to intern for the States Parks and Recreation Department

Chris joined The Foundation at the beginning of August, acting as assistant to Jennifer Stein, the Events and Marketing Coordinator. “I could not have been luckier to find Chris,” Jennifer noted. “There is no way we could have been so successful in our events without him. He jumped in with both feet and worked as hard as I did, which can be much to ask of a new community member and short-term employee.” Not only did Chris assist with every aspect of The Summit Foundation’s duck races, he also provided support for the organization throughout the two weekends of the Summit County Parade of Homes. Using his skills from his marketing education, Chris also completely revamped The Foundation’s Facebook page and helped institute some of the nonprofit’s first online volunteer sign up forms. His savvy social media skills, charming personality, and strong work ethic were noticed by

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees. At the end of September, with the help of some individual Trustees, Chris obtained a full-time position as Social Media Specialist with Copper Mountain Resort just as he completed his short-term position with The Summit Foundation. The Summit Foundation Trustee and Director of Employee Experience at Copper Mountain Resort, Kelly Renoux, had this to say about Chris, “I thoroughly enjoyed all of my interactions with Chris this summer while working with him on events with The Summit Foundation. So much so that when he expressed interest in one of our Marketing roles—we put his resume to the top of the batch. His professionalism, energy, and experience quickly made him a top contender, and we are thrilled that he accepted a role with us! He exudes the essence of Summit County—a passion for the mountain lifestyle with a strong desire to be a part of and to give back to the community.” For reasons even broader than those exemplified here, The Summit Foundation was honored to have Chris Runyon as a staff member this summer. We look forward to the energy, enthusiasm, and benefits he can bring to one of our resort donors, Copper Mountain, and to the Summit County community at large.

2011 Summit County Parade of Homes Nets Over $22,000 The 2011 Parade of Homes boasted another great year! With fewer homes than in the past, but greater ticket sales, attendance was at an all-time high. Held over the last two weekends of September, the Parade featured a mix of 18 single-family and multi-family homes of varying price ranges. For the first time, the Parade also featured remodels as a category, adding a new dimension to awards. The addition of multi-family units, including an affordable housing unit in Valley Brook, also helped diversify the price range of homes on the tour, ensuring properties could appeal to a broad audience. Pinnacle Mountain Homes swept the awards for single-family homes between 2,000 and 5,000 square feet. Pinnacle was also named “Best Overall” for homes in the category of more than 6,000 square feet. Other big winners included Architect Michael F. Gallagher, who won “Best Overall”

for single-family homes between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet and Raptor Construction, which won numerous accolades and “Best Overall” in the Remodel Category. A total of 54 awards were presented to builders, architects, and designers. Next year’s tour will take place on September 22, 23, 29, and 30. The Summit Foundation appreciates the partnership with the Summit County Builders Association in donating a portion of the event proceeds to The Foundation and looks forward to being a part of the 18th annual tour of Summit County homes and this long-standing tradition. We are also honored to have the assistance of more than 50 volunteers who helped us staff five homes selling tickets. Thank you, to all who participated, volunteered, and sponsored this wonderful event.

The Summit Foundation | Winter 2011 Photo by Bob Winsett Spectators of the Great Rubber Duck Race look on as nearly 8,000 rubber ducks storm the Blue River.

The 24th Annual Great Rubber Duck Races Flocks of Community Support On Saturday, September 3, nearly 8,000 rubber ducks turned the Blue River yellow for a day. Raising more than $83,000 for The Summit Foundation, the races were the most successful ever! In fact, the 2011 event earned $25,000 more than the same event in 2010. With 500 ducks adopted for kids 12 and under, The Pinnacle Mountain Homes Kids Duck Dash started the day’s races. Age-appropriate prizes donated by Peak-A-Boo-Toys, Vail Resorts Echo, and Loveland Ski Area were awarded to the top 30 ducks. The grand prize of a child’s ski school lesson and one day lift ticket, compliments of Vail Resorts Echo, was awarded to Kristy Henry. Following the Kids Duck Dash, the FirstBank Business Battle Duck Race sent 150 ducks down the Blue River. Blue River Bistro’s duck crossed the finish first winning their restaurant $1,000 in advertising from Krystal 93. Over 40 businesses also participated in a duck decorating contest, through which FirstBank’s Avatar duck was awarded the expert panel’s best decorated duck and Briar Rose Restaurant’s roast duck was recognized with the people’s choice award. At 3 p.m., the most anticipated race of the three, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Great Rubber Duck Race began. Excitement grew as participants watched nearly 8,000 ducks float down the Blue River in hopes of securing

one of 70 prizes. Lyn and Dennis Krueger had the swiftest duck winning a one-week stay in a two-bedroom suite with Interval International. In addition to the duck races, spectators found themselves choosing from additional activities that complemented the day’s events, including the Breckenridge Wine Festival hosted by the Breckenridge Festival of Film, kids’ activities from Fun Zone Amusements, and a finish line barbecue hosted by Harvest Catering. Throughout all three races, this year’s emcee, Tyler Vitale of TV8 Summit, kept the crowd up-to-date on race results, swag giveaways, and ongoing events and activities. The Summit Foundation is indebted to the 2011 sponsors and major prize donors: Grand Lodge on Peak 7, FirstBank of Summit County, Pinnacle Mountain Homes, The Town of Breckenridge, Peak-A-Boo Toys, Climax Molybdenum, PeakOne Surgery Center, Vail Resorts Echo, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, Unity Snowboards, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, The Parents Handbook, Krystal 93 Radio, and Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center. Thank you also to all the 200 volunteers who helped throughout August and the weekend of the race. We could not have been so successful without the support of these wonderful organizations and people! Save the date for the Silver Anniversary 25th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race which will be held on Saturday September 1st, 2012.


Board of Trustee Profile Kathleen Jenkins, MD Growing up skiing the brutally cold and icy slopes of New Hampshire, Kathleen “Katha” Jenkins dreamed often of skiing Colorado’s legendary Rocky Mountains. Katha’s dream came true in ninth grade when she was invited to spend a week skiing in Steamboat Springs with family friends. She found skiing the Rocky Mountains more incredible than she imagined. Katha returned to her hometown of Newport, Rhode Island and promptly informed her parents that some day she would live in Colorado. Katha’s Colorado dream took many years to transpire. After leaving Rhode Island at the age of 18, Katha pursued a career in the restaurant business, specifically in the heat of the kitchen. She traveled from Rhode Island to California to Wyoming to Arizona back to Wyoming and finally returned to Rhode Island, capping off nine years as a cook. Back at home, Jenkins pursued a college education which helped her find her calling in life—medicine. Katha entered Georgetown University of Medicine at age 30, a bit later in life than most of her classmates. She does not regret her unusual path to her medical career, as she feels her life experiences gained in the restaurant business are priceless. Following medical school, Katha entered a general surgery residency. More than half way through her training, Jenkins determined surgery was not the right specialty for her. Katha transferred from Portland, Oregon to Denver to begin her residency training in anesthesiology. Dreams do come true, she was finally in Colorado! In the interim, Katha met Mike McDonald on a Wyoming ski trip. Mike, a Denver native and Colorado School of Mines graduate, was a long time

Mike McDonald and Katha Jenkins.

Summit County resident. Katha and Mike have called Silverthorne their home together since 1997. Full-time work for Katha in Summit County didn’t come until 2003 when she joined the anesthesia group at the “old” Summit Surgery Center, but she’s been with Centura ever since. She became a founding member of the anesthesia group at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center when it opened in 2005 and sits on many committees at the hospital. Working with The Summit Foundation has been a tremendous learning experience for Katha and she has found great satisfaction in being able to give back to the community she loves. Katha looks forward to her retirement years (decades from now) when she hopes to have more time to volunteer for foundations and charities that are dear to her heart.

Until Year-End, Donors 70 ½ or Older can Direct IRA Contributions to Charity Through the end of 2011, donors 70 years and 6 months of age or older can make gifts from IRA accounts to one or more charities without first incurring income tax on the withdrawal. This means donors can direct an amount to The Summit Foundation with no income tax liability. The IRA Rollover may provide individuals an excellent opportunity to make a gift during their lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in the donor’s taxable estate.

pass directly from the IRA sponsor to the charity and the payout can satisfy the required minimal distribution. The donor gets no deduction, but neither does he or she have to report the payouts as income. The benefit is currently scheduled to expire December 31, 2011.

The provision allows a taxpayer who is 70½ or older to contribute a total of $100,000 in IRA assets to one or more qualified charities. The gift must

To discuss making an IRA gift to The Summit Foundation, contact Kasey Geoghegan at 970.453.5970 or email

Please consider this wonderful opportunity to make an investment in The Summit Foundation.

The Summit Foundation | Winter 2011 Photo by Kay Beaton Among the 2011 scholarship recipients recognized at our June reception, 14 scholarships were awarded by NRC Broadcasting.

NRC 365 Scholarships In November 2007, The Anschutz Foundation and NRC 365 established a scholarship fund through The Summit Foundation. The fund recognizes two students each month from January through May for their community service and four other students annually for their interests in broadcast journalism, agricultural studies and technology, and community service efforts.

on the category. Through this scholarship program, over $75,000 has been awarded to seniors at Summit High School and neighboring community high schools. The Summit Foundation is proud to partner with The Anschutz Foundation and NRC 365 in recognizing and assisting these students in their educational pursuits.

The monthly scholarships are awarded through NRC’s two mountain region radio stations and are in the amounts of the station frequencies, KSMT (102.1) awards $1,021 and Lift 106 (106.3) awards $1,063 (formerly KCMV). The annual scholarships vary in amount from $2,500 to $5,000 depending

Applications for the monthly scholarships are available on the NRC website,, the KSMT and Lift 106 individual pages, and on The Summit Foundation website, The four annual applications are available through the high school counseling offices.

Summit County Cares Helps Neighbors in Need This season, give the gift of care to fellow community members. Summit County Cares is a fundraising campaign that raises funds to assist individuals and families with their basic needs. 100 percent of money raised between November 1 and December 31, 2011, will be used to help families facing eviction, loss of utilities, illness or hunger. Last year the campaign raised over $50,000 and provided assistance to more than 1,000 locals who would have been homeless, gone without electricity, or not been able to receive needed medical care.

Summit County Cares fund, support is provided to clients of FIRC, three community food banks, Advocates for Victims of Assault, Summit Community Care Clinic and Summit County Social Services who are facing emergencies.

Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) reports over 97 percent of its clients face financial struggles because of sudden or seasonal job loss, reduction of hours, a medical emergency keeping them from work or the need to get out of an abusive relationship. By donating to the

By facilitating the contributions for this campaign, The Summit Foundation continues to play an important role in the struggle to help families and individuals in crisis. Realizing the immense need in our community and proactively working with local nonprofits benefiting from the Summit County

With a goal to raise $50,000 again this year, funds donated through The Summit Foundation to this campaign will be coordinated by FIRC to assist clients and families in need. The tax deductible contribution checks may be made out to Summit County Cares and sent to The Summit Foundation.

Cares fund, The Summit Foundation is helping curb the shortfall of funds for basic needs that Summit County citizens see year after year. Thank you to the media partners of Summit County Cares: Summit Daily News, NRC Broadcasting, Krystal 93, TV8 Summit, and Comcast Spotlight for helping to make this campaign possible. Thank you also to Grand Lodge on Peak 7 for pledging a $5,000 Business Match! To make your donation, visit and look under “Events” for the Summit County Cares page.


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2011/2012 Event Calendar A Year of Silver Anniversaries! December 6 Colorado Gives Day. June 9 & 10 25th Annual Golf Tournament, Breckenridge Golf Club June 28 Grant and Scholarship Awards Reception

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September 1 25th Annual Rubber Duck Races, Breckenridge

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September 22 & 23, 29 & 30 Summit County Parade of Homes

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November 16 22nd Annual Philanthropy Awards Reception

September 2 Breck Crest Mountain Marathon

The Summit Foundation Winter 2011 Newsletter  

The Summit Foundation Winter 2011 Newsletter

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