“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille…well, not so fast!”

The year 2020, not over yet, has been like no other time in recent history in the way we have had to re-imagine gatherings, specifically fundraising events. This was true, also, with one of Summit County’s most anticipated nights of the year, where locals become models and strut the runway to an always full house. The fashions aren’t directly from Paris, but from the local Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) thrift stores and are intended to inspire the audience to give to such a worthy cause.

On June 26, the stage and venue were empty but the airways were packed with a very giving audience. A record $200,000 plus were raised for this year’s COVID Response Fund, which went virtual. Alpine Bank’s involvement usually includes more than monetary support, in that several employees each year take the stage in the spirit of volunteering. This requires many hours of preparation, which ultimately helps to deliver the final presentation. Online or live, this event is filled with great energy and excitement because the end result helps so many in times of need.

Aside from this one night, year-round support is always welcomed. To find out more about the Family & Intercultural Resource Center, simply visit

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