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Happy fall! Can you believe ski season in Breckenridge is only one month away? Yikes! Where does the time go? It was right about this time last year that we realized we weren’t getting enough quality time with our owners—so we decided to do something about it. With that, Owner/Developer Happy Hour came into being.

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Timeshare Week Donations For Charity

img_4903The Kessler family have enjoyed their Grand Lodge on Peak 7 timeshare for many years and have found a way to share their Breckenridge experience with others in need. Recently, Vicki Kessler shared her family’s decision to donate their timeshare to Domus Pacis Family Respite, a local nonprofit whose mission is, “To offer individuals, who are on a challenging medical journey, a homelike environment that encourages interaction with other family members and caregivers in a comfortable and peaceful surrounding.”

“We have been very blessed and we really do feel a responsibility to share the blessings we receive. So when we plan for the use of our timeshare, we always factor Domus Pacis into it,” explained Vicki.  “I think everyone has a family member or friend who have gone through life changing medical issues. We love the idea of being able to bring a light to their journey. Going through a year of chemo or battling a major disease is exhausting. We understand that, and for that reason partnering with Domus Pacis makes a whole lot sense for us.”

Domus Pacis relies entirely on the mountain community of Summit County for the use of donated resort homes to serve families battling cancer. Owners participating in the program have complete flexibility over weeks that their home would be donated and may choose to include the cleaning fee as part of the donation, or Domus Pacis would be happy to cover that expense.

“Giving up one week of a timeshare in a beautiful place like Breckenridge carries much more impact than you might ever think” said Vicki, explaining that she and her husband use the Grand Lodge timeshare donation as a way to teach her own children about the value of philanthropy.  “Our children do recognize their own ability to contribute to charitable efforts and make a difference in other’s lives. I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit. One of my son’s friend’s parents said, ‘Get your friends to contribute to Katrina Relief and we will match dollar for dollar.’  My son, who was about 10 then, gave every dollar he had, which was around $140.”

Domus Pacis families who benefit from a home donation write thank you letters to those sponsoring their visit. “We treasure these thank you cards,” said Vicki. “The first thank you card was from a family with a young child who had leukemia. The card included a picture drawn by this child of him and his parents playing in the snow, and that has stuck with all of us.”

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is a frequent contributor to Domus Pacis families through their Charity Week program. If you are interested in learning more about this program or donating a week,  contact the Owner Relations Department at bgvcharityproject@breckgv.com or 877-453-4440. They are available from Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time at 877-453-4440.

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Summer is winding down for a lot of us and the crisp cool air of autumn is imminent. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here in Breckenridge! We hope your travel plans are bringing you to see the leaves as they have already begun to change. This is also a great time of […]

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Mike and I both returned from recent summer trips. While traveling we were able to enjoy some quality time with our families, sight-seeing and some much-needed R&R. We picked up a book or two, enjoyed distraction free conversations, ate delicious food and felt the stresses of our lives melt away. It was a great reminder […]

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The View from the Bottom is Mike Millisor and Mike Dudick’s monthly letter to all of the stakeholders of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts.

Happy Summer! We are in the throes of an amazing summer here in Breckenridge, with those crisp summer evenings that are perfect for a light blanket on your favorite deck and the wild flowers all abloom on some of the best hikes in Summit. Like the old local’s adage says, “We came for the winters but stayed for the summers!” And as always, we hope you are enjoying all that summer brings as well.

We have some recent news to share with you all, and it begins with our passion statementOur Family Commitment: Always Grand Vacations—as this is the cornerstone of every decision we make.

To provide you with the service you deserve and the Grand vacation experiences you have come to expect from us, we hire only the very best talent to join our family of employees. That is why it’s so important that we continue to focus on finding solutions to some of the challenges facing the local workforce community here in the high country. These challenges include cost-of-living increases and affordable housing shortages. To learn more, please read these recent local newspaper articles: Affordable housing out of reach for Summit County’s low-income immigrants and Summit School District ranked second in highest cost of living in the state.

As the largest year-round employer in Breckenridge, we are committed to doing our part to continue recruiting and retaining top-notch employees who truly care about our owners and guests. As such, we are excited to announce that BGV has recently signed a master lease with a local developer who is going to build a new affordable employee housing complex on Airport Road in Breckenridge. This complex will be known as Barton Landing and will create 32 new rental condominiums for BGV employees and their loved ones. Barton Landing will feature 16 one-bedroom condominiums and 16 two-bedroom condominiums and will open in the fall of 2019. In addition, we are currently exploring more employee-housing master-lease options throughout the county.

By creating these affordable housing solutions for our hard-working employees, we can ensure our ability to continue providing you and your friends and family with Grand vacations created by smiling, happy employees who can afford and enjoy life in the mountains!

We appreciate your support and input around this increasingly important topic in our area. Should you have any questions or simply want to share an idea, we are all ears as we strive to be a leader by taking a solutions-based approach to our community’s issues.

Sincerely,

Mike and Mike

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The summer season is upon us and what better way to kick it off than with the 3rd Annual Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk on Saturday, June 9! If you aren’t going to be in Breckenridge this weekend, don’t worry – you can still participate!