Charity Auctions

To raise funds for charity organizations, we donate one week stays at the Boat House. 

We have raised over a total of over $40,000 over the past 5 years distributed among the following organizations:  Lee PTA, Unitarian Universalist of Austin, Liveable City and St. Francis School of Austin.

A recommendation from David Sosa, 2017 Lee PTA Auction Winner: 
"Our family loved our visit; a very comfortable, well-located home with great access to the slopes.  Extremely easy to arrange visit - just pick dates from a website ( and email owner (  Owners are very accommodating and helpful.  Like having your own ski house."

Here is information for Auctions:

Breckenridge Vacation:
It is your choice.  Hit the slopes in the winter of a world class ski resort, Breckenridge, or chill out in the mountains during the summer. For the right price, you can spend a week at a three bedroom duplex located in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado less than a mile from the slopes (an easy 10 minute bus ride).  The duplex is owned by Austinites Cathy Echols and Steve Piche.  (The duplex is only used by friends, family, and charity donors.)  It is located in the high Rocky Mountains about 90 miles west of Denver.  It is truly a beautiful location that can be enjoyed either in the summer or the winter for a week with 7 of your best friends or members of your family (limit of 8 people).

Complete Information:  See a detailed property description, photos, and calendar at the following web site:

-  Incredible skiing is easily available at Breckenridge mountain.  Breckenridge is one of the biggest mountains in Colorado and offers something for everyone from beginner to extreme skier. (Other mountains including Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone are all located within an hour drive.)
- Nordic skiing (cross country) is available at the Breckenridge and Frisco Nordic centers as well as on local backcountry trails.
- If you like shopping, downtown Breckenridge features lots of great shops.
- In the summer, you can enjoy hiking, bike riding, fly fishing, and rafting. Hiking trails start only a quarter mile from the property.  
- During the summer, it rarely gets above 80 degrees and is usually in the 50’s at night.  A great way to beat the heat during the summer.

Property Description:

- 1,300 square foot Duplex located on a large lot in a nice residential part of Breckenridge.
- Master bedroom has a queen bed as well as a private bathroom.
- Second bedroom has a queen bed.
- Third bedroom has a twin bed.
- Sleeping loft has three twin beds.
- Living room has a fold out bed.  
- Altogether, the property has room for 10 to sleep but we recommend no more than 8 for your comfort.
- Second full bathroom.
- Full kitchen
- Vaulted living room
- Single car garage
- Large deck and yard

- Located 90 miles west of Denver.  You can fly in, rent a car and be in Breckenridge within six hours from Austin.  For the more ambitious road warrior, it is a 15 hour drive from Austin.
- 977 Broken Lance Dr, Breckenridge Colorado.
- Located in a residual community on the north end of town.
- Approximately 1 mile to historic downtown Breckenridge.
- During winter, local shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes allowing easy access to downtown or slopes.  In summer, the bus runs every 30 minutes.
-  Bus stops across the street making it very easy to catch the bus.  (No parking is allowed near the slopes so everyone has to take a shuttle bus.)
- Located at 9,600 feet above sea level with beautiful mountain views.

Since this is not a rental property, it is available much of the year.  However, availability is limited around holidays and school breaks.  Holidays that are available include MLK weekend, Presidents weekend, Memorial day, and Thanksgiving.    
Trip must be taken by April 15th, 2019.  For an up to date list of available dates, please see a calendar at

Clean-Up:  As we do not have a maid service, we ask that you reasonably clean-up when you leave. 

Please join us in support these charities.