Project Description

Bere Neas

Bere Neas at the Steamboat Springs New Academic Center in the Neas Family Student/Community Dining Center

Bere Neas at the Steamboat Springs New Academic Center in the Neas Family Student/Community Dining Center (Photo Ed Kosmicki)

Why I Give

From 2011 to 2012, the Colorado Mountain College Foundation sought support for the construction of the largest academic building within Colorado Mountain College’s district. Dubbed “Miracle on a Mountain,” the now-complete 60,000-square-foot Academic and Student Center on the Steamboat Springs campus boasts sweeping views, a 290-seat auditorium, fitness center, and business enterprise center. Through the great support of many families and individuals, the facility came to fruition via a $2.8 million capital campaign, “Campaign to Sustain the Miracle on a Mountain.”

The Neas family was very involved in the project, both donating funds for and naming the community dining center on the third floor of the New Academic and Student Center. The Neas Family Student/Community Dining Center is now a beautiful testament to this family and its legacy in Steamboat Springs.

What about Colorado Mountain College inspired you and your mother to give to the Campaign to Sustain the Miracle on a Mountain in honor of your father?

It was and always has been that my parents strongly believed in investing back into the community in which you live. Investing in the Miracle on a Mountain not only accomplished this but also created a legacy to my parents.

How does it feel, knowing that your family has left a legacy with the college?

While my mother was alive, she had never been so proud as she was for the Neas Family Dining Center. She has now since passed and as their son, I am very proud of my parents’ accomplishments and very proud of their investment in Colorado Mountain College. I am humbled that I can continue their legacy.

Bere Neas with his mother, Jean at the Grand Opening of the Steamboat Springs New Academic Center in 2012.

Bere Neas with his mother, Jean at the Grand Opening of the Steamboat Springs New Academic Center in 2012.