VAIL — One of the true Vail Valley volunteer champions on all levels was recognized on Saturday for her numerous contributions to others when Debby Jasper was honored by the Vail Valley Foundation as the Ernie Bender Volunteer of the Year for 2013.
The award, named for the dedicated longtime race crew volunteer who passed away in the summer of 2000, was presented at Vail’s Golden Peak during the annual Korbel American Ski Classic festivities.
‘BACKBONE OF THIS VALLEY’
“Volunteers are truly the backbone of this valley, and we are incredibly fortunate to have such committed and selfless people like Debby as an integral part of our community,” said Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz. “In addition to the time and dedication that she brings to each and every organization and program she touches, Debby is a true ambassador for the Vail Valley and is most deserving of this award.”
JASPER’S VOLUNTEER WORK
A Colorado native, Jasper and her husband, Harry, have been residents of the Vail Valley for over nine years. She has volunteered for numerous Vail Valley Foundation events dating back to 2009 and is currently the registration volunteer coordinator for events such as the American Ski Classic, the Birds of Prey World Cup and the GoPro Summer Mountain Games.
In addition, Jasper is an active member of the volunteer committee for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Additional volunteer commitments include serving as president of the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps and past vice-president of membership.
Jasper is also active with the Vail Resorts’ Community Guest Services Program, welcoming guests to Vail Mountain, providing direction and assistance through interface with Mountain Operations and conducting mountain tours.
Previously, Jasper has volunteered for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, while also lending her time to the Hike, Wine and Dine event to benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and the Starting Hearts Program.
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
Jasper will join previous Ernie Bender Volunteer of the Year Award winners that include the Bender Family (2000), Dave Ozawa (2001), Barbara Treat (2002), Dick Pownall (2003), Bill Douglas (2004), Tenie Chicoine (2005), Fred Haslee and Jim Sanders (2006), Susan Frampton (2007), Kathryn Benysh (2008), Cheryl Jensen (2009) and Doris Dewton (2010) and Cookie Flaum (2012). No award was presented in 2011.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such committed and selfless people like Debby as an integral part of our community. In addition to the time and dedication that she brings to each and every organization and program she touches, Debby is a true ambassador for the Vail Valley and is most deserving of this award.”
Vail Valley Foundation president