Donation Paves Way for a Much Needed Multi Purpose Community Center
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.
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.
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.
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 was completed in 1909. Students attended from all over Summit County.