Breckenridge Grand Vacations Pledges $500,000 Towards Historical Restoration Project

Donation Paves Way for a Much Needed Multi Purpose Community Center

Breckenridge Grand Vacations donation Check

Breckenridge Grand Vacations owners Mike Millisor, Rob Millisor and Mike Dudick present a check made out to to “The People of Summit County” for the restoration of the Harris Street school house in Breckenridge. The restored building will be called the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and will host a public library, local non profits, a movie theater and mixed-use community space. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Fowler of The Summit Daily News)

October 10, 2013- Breckenridge, CO Longtime local resort developer, Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), has recently pledged to donate $500,000 for the rehabilitation of the historic schoolhouse building on Harris Street into a community center and library. The building, commonly referred to as the “old CMC building” will be called “The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center.” The expected grand opening is slated for October of 2014.

“We felt compelled to be a part of this project because it is our responsibility to give back to the community that has been so great to us,” said Mike Dudick, Owner and Developer of Breckenridge Grand Vacations. “The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center will fulfill the expressed need for a central gathering place for visitors and locals alike.”

Following the renovation, the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center will host the greatly expanded South Branch Library, which will encompass separate areas for adults, teens and children, a state-of-the-art computer center and space for enhanced library programs. Free internet and computer access will be available for all residents and visitors.

The building will also be home to The Speakeasy Movie Theatre, a defining cultural highlight in Breckenridge for nearly 20 years. The overhaul will reconfigure the 160-seat theater to feature first run films, film festivals and also to serve as a presentation venue.

Multiple non-profits will soon call the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center home, including Breckenridge-based organization, The Summit Foundation. BGV works closely with The Summit Foundation, which distributes grants and provides assistance to more than 90 smaller non-profits in the area. The building will also contain offices for the Breckenridge Festival of Film, as well as the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

There will also be rooms allocated for mixed-use and conference space.

“We are pleased to partner with Breckenridge Grand Vacations on this exciting restoration project, transforming a part of our heritage into a spectacular community gathering space,” said Leah Arnold of the project’s Capital Campaign Committee. “This gift shows pride in our town and its future, and we hope many will follow Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ lead.”

The renovation project is expected to cost about $8 million and is currently the largest historical restoration project in the state. The Capital Campaign Committee seeks to raise $2 million, with the remainder of the funds being split by the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County Government. The Capital Campaign is now well past 70% of its goal continues to seek donations from businesses and individuals.The historic Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center

Donations of any size are welcome and opportunities for naming rights are available in amounts ranging from $250 for a seat in the upgraded movie theater to $50,000 for a room in the new library. For a minimum donation of $100, people can join the Founders’ Circle and will receive a Founder’s Kit which includes discounts on movie concessions and historical tours, as well as commemorative tote and special edition library card. Founders’ Circle memberships will be limited to the first 300 people. To donate, please visit www.BGVCenter.org or contact Leah Arnold at 970-453-9767 x104 or via email to Leah@townofbreckenridge.com.

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Owners and Developers of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, brothers Mike and Rob Millisor along with partner, Mike Dudick, have donated millions of dollars over the past 30 years to various other community projects, event sponsorships and local fundraising efforts. BGV continuously contributes to the enhancement of the community whenever possible and encourages its employees to give back to the community using various proactive approaches.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is the parent company of the award-winning Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort. Since 1985, brothers Mike and Rob Millisor, along with partner Mike Dudick, developers of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts, have been creating great vacations for thousands of families. Their solid, 4 component business philosophy—comprised of investors, owners & guests, employees and the community, has given them the focus for their incredible success in the vacation ownership business in Breckenridge, CO. For more information, visit www.breckenridgegrandvacations.com.

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Owners of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Rob Millisor, Mike Millisor and Mike Dudick tour the construction site.

 

Construction crew poses for a photo in front of the school house in 1908.  Breckenridge’s first high school completed in 1909. Students attended from all over Summit County.

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Gold Point Resort in Breckenridge ColoradoMy Wife and I stayed at the Gold Point Lodge for a week and the experience was most relaxing. It was like we were staying in our own home. The room/apartment was comfortable and we were able to see and experience all the we wanted too. When we come back to Colorado we will most definitely stay here again.

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Conrad Anker is Coming to Breckenridge to Speak

Join the Adventure: The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series Brings Conrad Anker to Breckenridge

The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store present The Impossible Climb

ALAMEDA, California—Sept. 19, 2013— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Conrad Anker will come to Breckenridge, Colo., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.

Conrad Anker will recount his incredible story of climbing in the world’s most extreme conditions to Breckenridge residents on October 12. In The Impossible Climb, presented by The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store, Anker will offer an inspirational look at the depths of human endurance and share his amazing journeys.

Anker’s climbing career runs the gamut from Everest to Arctic big walls, but the vertical Sharks Fin on India’s Mount Meru pushed him the hardest. Demanding two grueling expeditions and a teeth-clenching dose of suffering, Meru was Conrad’s ultimate expedition.

The VIP meet and greet reception will take place prior to the main event at The North Face Breckenridge Store, located at 322 South Main Street at 5:30PM. It’ll include premium seating, wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres from The Briar Rose restaurant. All proceeds from the VIP reception will go to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). For more than 30-years, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, with a focus on those with special needs. This year there also will be a chance to win numerous The North Face products including jackets, pants, gift certificates, passes to the local rec center and much more all for only a $5 donation per ticket. Raffle tickets may be purchased online, in the store, or at the event. All raffle proceeds will go to the BOEC. You must bring your ticket to the 7:00PM event. The presentation will then take place at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams, Breckenridge, CO 80424, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00. The VIP reception tickets are available for $20.00. Again, The VIP reception begins at 5:30 PM, and all ticket proceeds will benefit Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Oct. 2 through Dec. 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries.

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to www.thenorthface.com.

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New Snow in Breckenridge!

Friday, October 4, 2013 by Mark Grattan_Wow! Breckenridge and Colorado’s High Country are currently getting pounded with snow. It really feels like Mother Nature wants to get a jump on the 2013/14 ski season. Today’s snow is the 3rd significant snowfall the Breckenridge area has received in the last few weeks. There have been whispers of this year being a truly epic winter but after today’s snowfall everybody will be roaring about it. The Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a huge winter for the whole country. For Colorado, the almanac suggests more snow in early October as well as into November along with colder temperatures. We are starting to see this play out now

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area have started their snowmaking operations will open mid October. That’s weeks away! Breckenridge Ski Resort and most other ski areas will be starting up their snow guns shortly. What happened to summer?

Well it’s time to start looking forward and think about all of the winter fun we are going to be having soon!

Here are the scheduled opening dates for other ski resorts in Colorado:

  • November 30: Howelsen Hill
  • December 6: Sunlight
  • November 1: Keystone, Copper Mountain
  • November 8: Breckenridge Ski Resort, Wolf Creek
  • November 13: Winter Park
  • November 22: Vail, Eldora
  • November 27: Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Steamboat
  • November 28: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Telluride
  • November 29: Purgatory
  • December 11: Ski Granby Ranch
  • December 12: Powderhorn
  • December 14: Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper
  • December 21: Silverton

For more information and lift ticket and season pass prices for all of these resorts, visit http://www.coloradoinfo.com/wintervacationplanner/lift-tickets-and-passes

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Winter Events in Breckenridge

Winter weather is expected to start arriving in Breckenridge and Summit County any time. With winter season just around the corner and the fall weather getting cooler and cooler everyday people are starting to get excited for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Although the summers in Breckenridge are truly amazing most agree that Breckenridge and Summit County come to life in the winter. It’s hard to disagree with that assessment with 4 world class ski areas all located in the same county!

As expected with winter being so amazing and exciting there are a ton of winter events that are happening throughout the season. Here is a breakdown of the some of the major events happening this winter in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day, 11/8 – Opening day is always exciting, but even more so this year as the season will bring the addition of Peak 6, an expansion of more than 500 acres of skiable terrain. Plus, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting quite the snowy winter – we’ve already experienced early season September snow, so here’s hoping that rings true!

Lighting of Breckenridge and Running of the Santas, 12/7 – Watch Breckenridge transform into a winter wonderland with a day of holiday festivities. Join in or cheer on hundreds of revelers dressed as Santa as they race down five blocks of historic Main Street, spread holiday cheer with caroling in the Blue River Plaza and watch as Santa arrives via horse-drawn carriage for the lighting of the town tree.

Dew Tour, 12/12 – 12/15 – The Dew Tour Mountain Championships return to Breckenridge with a showcase of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders, including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and Breckenridge locals Eric Willett and Bobby Brown. In addition to superpipe and freestyle competitions, the event will feature live music, autograph signings, giveaways in the Festival Village and more.

Ullr Fest, 1/5 – 1/11 – Ullr Fest celebrates 50 years this January! During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers as more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr the Norse god of snow. Ullr Fest is a weeklong winter festival with events for everyone including the Ullr Parade on Main Street Thursday, January 9th.

International Snow Sculpture Championships, 1/21 – 1/25 – Watch as 10 feet tall, 20 ton blocks of snow are transformed into amazing works of art using only hand tools. The incredible sculptures are created by teams from all over the world over the course of five days in January. The International Snow Sculpture Championship is the signature event in Breckenridge during the winter drawing thousands to witness the spectacle.

Mardi Gras, 3/4/14 – Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the Mardi Gras season and on Fat Tuesday join in the Mardi Gras Procession that marches its way along Main Street while thousands cheer on for beads and candy!

September Snow

The whole week was Amazing!!! But waking up Monday morning to snow covered peaks was so Great!!! Gold Point resort in Breckenridge

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