The Summit Foundation Announces the 2023 Philanthropy Award Winners

The Summit Foundation is excited to unveil the distinguished winners of the 2023 Philanthropy Awards. We invite the public to join us in celebrating these outstanding individuals, businesses, and nonprofits who have made exceptional contributions to enriching Summit County. This year marks the 33rd Annual Philanthropy Awards ceremony, a testament to our ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of giving back and recognizing those who tirelessly dedicate their time, talents, and resources to elevate our community.

The 2023 Philanthropy Award winners are:

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS: Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Nominated by: Ellen Reid and Tara Dew

SPIRIT OF THE SUMMIT: Dr. Don Parsons, Nominated by: Susan Robertson, Summit Community Care Clinic

OUTSTANDING CITIZEN: Dr. Charles Lackey, Nominated by: Dr. Kathleen Cowie, Summit Community Care Clinic

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR: Oakley Van Oss, Nominated by: Brad Piehl, Education Foundation of the Summit

DR. OLIVER STONINGTON OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPISTS: Trish and Steve Shapiro, Nominated by: Dave Askeland and Stephanie Beste, Colorado Mountain College

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL IN A NONPROFIT: Jen Schenk, Nominated by: Jessie Burley, Town of Breckenridge and Jen Cawley, HC3 Board

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER: Javier Gaspar Gutierrez, Nominated by: Judy Phillips, Bethany Immigration Services

OUTSTANDING YOUTH: Julissa Espinoza Saenz, Nominated by: Danelle Hicks, Pre-Collegiate Program Summit High School

DAVID OLBRIGHT OUTSTANDING YOUTH MENTOR: Ian McCluskie, Nominated by: Dave Miller and Donovan, Mason, and Kim Ramey

Jeanne Bistranin, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation, expressed, "Through the Philanthropy Awards, we've had the privilege of honoring over 300 remarkable individuals and businesses who have left an indelible mark on our community. Nominations play a vital role in spotlighting those who contribute to making Summit County an even more vibrant and caring place to call home."

Community members are welcome to make a reservation for the 33rd Annual Summit Foundation Philanthropy awards taking place Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the Beaver Run Resort. The evening is open to all and will have real-time Spanish translation. Reserve your seat!