Editor's note: The Vail Daily is running a series of articles on nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 4.
It would be difficult to envision the Vail Valley without the Vail Valley Foundation. Since its creation in 1981, the Foundation has served as the community catalyst for enhancing the quality of life throughout the Vail Valley, driving significant impact through its role as initiator, producer, promoter and partner in furthering those things that make this community a one-of-a-kind place to be.
The Foundation, by supporting what private business and public office cannot, cultivates the vital spirit that is the Vail Valley. If there has been one thing that has characterized the Vail Valley Foundation throughout the years, it is the fact that the organization is continually focused on the horizon, constantly searching for the next great addition to the Vail Valley community.
The Foundation is responsible for providing the Vail Valley with some of its most treasured annual athletic events, including the Audi Birds of Prey Alpine World Cup, Korbel American Ski Classic and Winter and Summer Mountain Games, along with helping to coordinate stages of the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge bike race.
Major cultural undertakings include the Vail International Dance Festival and a pair of free summer concert series, in addition to owning and operating the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.
Nowhere is this vision more exciting and important than in the area of education. The ground-breaking merge with The Youth Foundation at the outset of 2012 uniquely positioned the two organizations to help usher in a new era in providing the best possible educational opportunities for the children of our community. Together, the two groups can truly address the common goal of ensuring that Eagle County does a better job of preparing our children for life than any community in the nation.
In addition to annual events and programs, the Foundation also has a long history of bringing major international events to the Vail Valley, including the 1989, 1999 and 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, as well as the 1994 and 2001 World Mountain Bike Championships. Along with these one of a kind events, the Foundation has also produced a men's or ladies' Alpine World Cup competition every year since 1983.
None of this would be possible without the generosity and commitment of the donors and volunteers of both the Vail Valley Foundation and The Youth Foundation. Together, they are making a difference throughout our community, day in and day out.