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Bright Future Foundation launches fundraising campaign for new local shelter

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From left, Bright Future Foundation Executive Director Sheri Mintz, board member and benefactor Doe Browning and board president Lissa Tyler at the Bright Future Foundation Building Freedom Campaign launch at Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek.

AVON — Board member Doe Browning recently pledged a lead donation of $1 million to launch the Bright Future Foundation's $2 million capital campaign to build a new home for families fleeing domestic violence and abuse in Eagle County. The capital campaign is scheduled for next year with construction expected to begin in late 2018.

"As our community endeavors to provide affordable housing, Bright Future Foundation hopes to build a shelter in the purest form for any and all who seek safety, counsel and healing in the wake of extraordinarily difficult circumstances," Browning said. "Our shelter will bring dignity back to many who suffer, enabling them to live, work and play in our beautiful valley with trust and without fear."

Browning's pledge represents the single largest donation to Bright Future since the organization's inception more than 30 years ago.

"Doe spurred us on to proceed with this campaign with her enormously generous contribution," Board President Lissa Tyler said. "We are a grassroots organization serving the critical needs of our community, and Doe's commitment puts us on the path to freedom for our clients."

Since 2002, Bright Future Foundation, in partnership with Eagle County government, has operated a shelter that is home to 21 women and children who are fleeing dangerous situations; however, the lease at the current location will end in December 2018. The new home will serve roughly the same number of occupants but will afford families more privacy and security. Additional amenities include common meeting and learning areas and a playground for children.

"Doe's care, concern and largesse to the Bright Future Foundation will ensure safety, security and long-term healing for the most vulnerable families in our community for years to come, but we still have a long way to go" said Sheri Mintz, Bright Future Foundation executive director.

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"Over the next year, we will be reaching out to members of the community to voice the support for safety and freedom from domestic violence and abuse. Our goal of $2 million will go directly toward the development and construction of the needed shelter."

For more information, or to make a donation, visit http://www.mybrightfuture.org.

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