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Sipping for Science - September 25-27, 2020

Sipping for Science is going virtual as an online wine auction from September 25-27th, 2020!

Keystone Science School has had to shift our thinking around everything we do from our traditional programming to our annual events in 2020. This year, Sipping for Science was planned to be held at the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in June. Due to the constraints of COVID-19, we had to cancel the original event.

Our generous Event Sponsors, Robbie’s Tavern, The Canteen, and Spire Collection donated over $7,000 in premium wines so that we can host Sipping for Science as an online wine auction!

The event’s proceeds will be split equally between our Scholarship Fund and our Resiliency and Restart Fund. Thanks to our Sipping for Science Sponsors, Breckenridge Grand Vacations and Climax Molybdenum Company the event has already raised $13,000. Our goal is to raise and additional $7,000 through the event’s auction purchases and additional donations to KSS. Thank you for joining us in support of our mission to inspire curiosity and critical thinking during this most unusual time.

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Sipping for Science 2020

Resiliency & Restart Fund

The onset of the pandemic in mid-March resulted in closing our campus and rescheduling/canceling programs. The pandemic continues to cause KSS immense financial disturbances and challenges.

We launched our Resiliency and Restart Fund in late-March with a small group of our donors to support our resilience during this crisis and our ability to restart our efforts in the phases that the pandemic will allow.

Since then the fund has expanded to encompass all General Fund gifts in 2020 given that these funds support our daily operations and our ability to nimbly respond to the evolving issues of the pandemic. The Resiliency and Restart Fund is part of an overall strategic effort to ensure the long-term viability of KSS.

The support of the Resiliency and Restart Fund made it possible for KSS to retain staff who re-envisioned our summer programming in just three weeks. During the 2020 Summer of Courage KSS served 318 youth through camp programs. This includes 141 individual campers who attended Summer CATCH Camp across five local elementary schools.

Scholarship Fund

This summer, the financial hardship of COVID-19 on our Summer CATCH Camp families was especially prevalent. Some parents had been out of work for months. Other parents were just beginning to return to work. We knew that families would need additional financial support. Over $150,000 fundraised dollars supported 73 campers whose families qualified for our Free and Reduced Lunch and 40 scholarships given on top of the program’s sliding fee scale rate for families with expressed and immense financial hardships.

We expect that families will need ongoing, in-person academic and educational care throughout the school year. Our Scholarship Fund aids us in continuing to offer these options to working families and our local Summit School District scholars. As students return to school this fall with partial in-person learning and online studies, KSS is dedicated to supporting all families in returning to or retaining work and in their need for supportive academic and educational care.

We know families will need ongoing support to attend our programs this school year. As a result, we are offering a built-in sliding-fee scale for our programs. Knowing that the extent of the financial hardship families face is immense and widespread across our community we are also offering a formal and brief Scholarship Application on top of our sliding-fee scale to support families experiencing unexpected and extreme financial hardships.

How the Auction Will Work

The auction will be held on an online platform adjacent to the KSS website. Virtual guests will be asked to register online through the auction platform. Bidding will open at 5:00pm on Friday, September 25th, and will close at 5:00pm on Sunday, September 27th. Auction participants will have the ability to get real-time auction out-bid notifications and fast, easy check out at the end. Let the bidding wars begin!

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Pre-Registration Instructions: Click the pre-registration button and You will be taken to the auction site. On the top-right corner of the auction page, click "Register to Bid". Fill in your information and you are ready to go! Make sure to add your cell phone number to get outbid notifications and ensure you win your favorite basket/s.

2020 Auction Preview

This online auction will feature nearly $7,000 worth of top-rated wine from wineries around the world from the Oregon Coast and California’s most famous wine regions to Bordeaux, France, and Tuscany. These packages have been strategically put together by our friends at Spire Collection to offer options for anyone whether you are a novice looking to get your collection started or an avid wine collector searching for the perfect bottles to add to your home cellar.

Here are a few previews of wine packages that will be offered in this year’s Sipping for Science – Virtual Wine Auction.

Chateau Lassegue Vertical Starter Pack

Featuring five Saint Émilion Bordeaux wines all scoring above 90 points on the Robert Parker Wine Scale, this package is incredible if you are just looking to get into wine collecting or if you are just adding to your cellar. Keep an eye on this Chateau Lassegue Vertical Starter Pack is it sure to go quickly!

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Napa Valley by Chris Carpenter

Longtime winemaker Chris Carpenter has quite the reputation as ‘Napa Valley’s Vinous Mountain Man’, with more than two decades of successful winemaking experience in California. This package, aptly named “Napa Valley by Chris Carpenter” includes award-winning wines from vineyards overseen by this prestigious winemaker.

300 Points in Three Bottles

There are few things that are truly perfect in this world, but this package of wine that features three bottles by Verité is deemed perfect as each has earned 100 points on the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Scale. Do not miss the opportunity to make this package your own and support Keystone Science School.


Special thanks to our sponsors for the event


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