Giving Back To Mountain Folks
DA Distributes Ski Restitution Funds
What started as a plea agreement of a felony case to compensate people whose skis were stolen at local resorts has resulted in a meaningful impact to the local community during the coronavirus pandemic when it needed help the most. In a press release distributed to media outlets on February 14, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced its Ski Restitution Fund awards to local non-profits for COVID-19 Relief Efforts.
The Snow Sports Restitution fund was established in 2016 by a restitution payment from an individual who was investigated by the Breckenridge Police Department and convicted of stealing snow equipment from resorts. Between 2017 and 2020, the Snow Sports Fund distributed $28,432 to skiers and boarders whose gear had been stolen at various ski resorts in the four counties that make up the Fifth Judicial District.
When requests for compensation from the Snow Sports Restitution Funds dwindled over time, the remaining monies were transferred into the District’s Charitable Contributions Fund. This request was granted by Fifth Judicial District Chief Judge Mark Thompson in June 2020, allowing the money remaining in the fund — $112,000 — to be distributed to local nonprofit agencies in Lake, Clear Creek, Summit, and Eagle Counties. Among the recent Lake County recipients were the Advocates of Lake County and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
“In my office, our communities always come first,” stated District Attorney Heidi McCollum. “By distributing the remaining money in this fund, which was originally established to compensate victims of crime, we were able to impact our District in a different, but equally important way when community needs were at an all-time high.”
The DA’s office asked the District Court for permission to transfer the ski funds to the DA’s Charitable Funds Program. Non-profit groups from around the District were then invited to apply for funds to help offset their operations costs and other expenses. As part of the selection process, preference was given to organizations serving the needs of crime victims, local youth, and their families.
The District Attorney’s Office was able to disperse all of the remaining $112,000 back into non-profits that were working within the Fifth Judicial District over the last six months. In all, 24 agencies benefitted from the remaining funds, and used them to sustain their functions during a time of increased need and shrinking budgets. In turn, those agencies were able to provide direct support to individuals in critical need, such as people who had lost their jobs during the pandemic or had unmet medical needs.
“From rental assistance to serving residents with debilitating medical challenges to purchasing personal protective equipment, to helping children stay in school and/or focused on their academic studies, to helping victims of domestic abuse, the emergency funding helped hundreds of people in all the communities we serve get the support and assistance they needed,” concluded McCollum. For more information about the programs in the communities that received awards visit the 5th Judicial District’s website.
REALTORS® Raise Cash for Neighbors Ravaged by Wildfires
In a press release distributed to media outlets, The REALTORS® of Summit, Park and Lake Counties announced they recently raised money to support residents who have been evacuated or lost their homes during the Grand County wildfires this past summer. Mountain folks helping others out, it’s the Rocky Mountain way! Thank You!
Summit REALTORS®, the leading advocate of the local real estate industry consisting of Park, Lake, and Summit County members, executed a donation campaign to raise money for those affected by the Grand County Wildfires in late 2020. All the proceeds from the campaign went directly to the Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund administered by The Grand Foundation.
Summit REALTORS® (SAR) donated 100% of their SAR Charitable Fund donations collected through annual dues billing to the cause. The contributions were collected from members starting in mid-November of last year through January 2, 2021. In addition to member contributions, SAR is pleased to be donating $3500 from the SAR Charitable Fund through the Grand Foundation to assist with those in need from the East Troublesome Fire.
The Summit MLS, Inc. is also pleased to announce it is matching SAR’s donation for a total of $7,000 in contributions from both organizations. In total, SAR has raised just over $19,000 to support the needs of Grand County residents.
“We are grateful that we were able to support our sister organization with the Grand County Board of REALTORS® and their community during this terrible hardship,” said SAR Board President, Courtney Peroutka. The hope is that the funds will go a long way towards helping impacted families as they continue to rebuild their lives.
“The Grand County Board of REALTORS® has been amazed and humbled by the enormous outpouring of goodwill and charitable donations to our community by our mountain district REALTOR® associations, in the wake of the devastation brought on by the East Troublesome Fire this past fall,” said Debra Brynoff, RCE, CEO, Grand County Board of REALTORS®.
“In particular, we want to acknowledge our good friends to the south at Summit REALTORS® who have absolutely gone above and beyond with contributions of $19,000.00 to the Grand Foundation to help families impacted. We are so grateful for your generosity and we know this will go a long way to helping our community heal and rebuild. Many thanks from all of us in Grand County.”
Leadville Elks Give Back to the Givers
Submitted on behalf of The Leadville Elks Lodge #236
Leadville Elks Lodge #236 has a ton of local support from their local members and townsfolk but the Elks span more than locally, we are located all over the country. Thanks to the help of the Elks National Foundation we were able to apply for and take advantage of several grants this past December, one of which was the $2000 Gratitude Grant. When I submitted the application, I had no idea how it would be received, but to my surprise, the ENF decided that our cause was worthy of such an honor.
The Leadville Elks Trustees and Members decided that we wanted to support, in whatever way we could, our local first responders. That included the Lake County Sheriff, the Leadville Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Ambulance District. We decided during this time, that the thing we wanted to provide them was personal protective equipment, which to us meant face masks, shields, and gloves. By protecting them, they protect us.
With the help of Mabel Bogeart from the Lake County Public Works, we were able to accomplish this mission. She contacted the right people and was able to not only order the PPE’s, she also was gracious enough to organize the socially distant event to get all of us together. The Elks thru the Elks National Fund was able to provide the first responders of Lake County with $2000 worth of PPE’s.
This community is like no other and that is proven every day by the work done to get things like this accomplished.