Palisade students send $500 in baseball gear to Dominican kids

Lori Summers of Palisade, at far end of table, shares time with schoolchildren in the Dominican Republic. A benefit brunch fundraiser for the MIVA school in the Dominican Republic is scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday at Enjoy Church, 2825 North Ave.


Dominican school fundraiser

Residents have a chance to meet Dominican Republic resident Radhames Quezada Junior during a fundraiser brunch. Proceeds will benefit the MIVA school. The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Enjoy Church, 2825 North Ave.

Over the years, Lori Summers of Palisade has forged a special kinship with people in the Dominican Republic.

She’s worked in Christian ministry to bring supplies and hope to children there.

Maybe more importantly, Summers works to bridge the gap between Colorado youth and their counterparts in the third-world Caribbean nation.

So Summers was especially pleased when some local residents decided to chip in.

After offering a presentation about her travels and work, two Palisade high school students opted to collect baseball equipment for Dominican children.

Additionally, the Palisade High School’s Rotary Interact Club and Palisade Sunrise Rotary raised $2,000 for a water filter for a Dominican school called MIVA.

The filter is expected to clean water for students for a decade.

“Usually I’m the one who has to do all the organizing,” Summers said. “This one was nice. They were already motivated.”

Summers will deliver the items during her next trip south in the fall.

Palisade High School juniors Gabe Gueretta and Rhett Pawlowski tackled the sports equipment project, gathering about $500 worth of baseball equipment as part of the community service portion of their International Baccalaureate program, Summers said.

“They had the idea to fundraise,” Summers said. “They met with me first to see if the children needed or wanted baseball equipment. Of course, Dominicans are really big into baseball. They did all the work. They did all the fundraising to pay for it. There are some cool kids at Palisade.”

Summers is associated with a program called the Pimentel Project, like the city, Pimentel, in the Dominican Republic.

For information on the mission of the nonprofit, visit

For information on how to get involved, contact Summers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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