SMRC: Highlights, 2014

Double your giving! A local family foundation has gratiously challenged the San Miguel Resource Center with a $20,000 match for the 2015 Chocolate Lover’s Fling. Scroll to bottom of post for links to donate and make an even bigger difference.

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The San Miguel Resource Center is the Telluride region’s only nonprofit charged with addressing the challenge of interpersonal violence in the region. Its goal: by promoting healthy relationships, to put itself out of business. Its only major public fundraiser: the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, which takes place this year on Saturday, February 7, at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village.

Why support the Resource Center?

Numbers from 2014 tell a convincing story.

In 2014, the Resource Center provided 2,988 hours of services through the 24/7 crisis help-line, conducted 1,973 face-to-face contacts with people in need, responded to 135 emergencies, and provided 389 hours of individual counseling and therapy.

The SMRC extended its art therapy program to include play therapy. Now called the Child Therapy Assistance Fund, the program includes art and play, therapeutic services for children who witness or experience domestic violence and sexual assault.

The SRMC expanded its outreach efforts to the city of Norwood, staffing an office there one day a week, providing services to 49 clients last year, a 48.5% increase in clientele from the year before within this community.

The Resource Center officially reached maturity, celebrating its 21 anniversary since the agency’s humble beginnings as Tomboy House in 1993.

How to support the Resource Center?

Donate directly to the nonprofit (even if you can’t attend the Fling) to help end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.

Attend the 20th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, SMRC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. “Arabian Nights” is the theme. At the all-out bash,  the region’s best professional chefs compete in creating decadent chocolate desserts. The event also features prizes for Best Dressed and Amateur Chocolate, a silent auction, a 50/50 cash raffle, and sounds by DJ Harry.

Volunteer. Become a certified advocate or simply help with the many events that take place throughout the year. Learn about domestic violence and sexual assault. Education is key to dispelling myths, ending victim blame, and preventing future violence.

Visit to learn more about how you can help and to buy tickets to the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling.

San Miguel Resource Center, the team

San Miguel Resource Center, the team

And based on a recent announcement, the Resource Center just announced a unique fundraising opportunity.

A local family foundation has graciously challenged the nonprofit with a $20,000 match for the 2015 Chocolate Lover’s Fling. Any new money given will be allocated toward this match up to $20,000. To date, the Resource Center has received $15,450 in matching money. Please help them reach their goal! This is an opportunity to double your giving, which doubles the Resource Center’s ability to help victims in its region.

Your financial support can help the Center continue to create positive change in the lives of victims like Rea. 

“The SMRC was my sanctuary, it was hope. It was my strength when I was weak. Without their help, love, and support for my children and me, I am not sure where I would have ended up.  The SMRC never viewed me less than a beautiful, strong, courageous person… and eventually it rubbed off and I started believing it too.” 

If you have yet to give, double your impact while helping the Resource Center reach its goal. Call 728-5842 ext. 4#, mail your donation to P.O. Box 3243, Telluride, CO 81435 or donations can be made on our webpage at  

Visit to learn more and to purchase your Fling tickets.


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