Once again, the Vail Daily missed the opportunity to announce or report on the results of the annual La Bella Festa Bocce Tournament put on by the Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation.
This year’s event was held on June 22 and attracted 40 teams of four members each plus the usual support of family members and friends. And yes, the Daily had a team entered. An earlier Daily team about a half dozen years back won this tournament which carries a first prize of $1,000 and a second place prize of $500.
The tournament is held on the athletic field immediately east of the Eagle Vail pavilion. The event is followed by a buffet dinner and silent auction and then a playoff by the top four finishers to determine a winner. While very competitive, the atmosphere of this tournament is fun, laughter and good times. Most important, the competitors, volunteers, businesses and individual contributors that fund this event are locals. And the funds that are contributed to Swift Eagle are distributed to residents in need within Eagle County. For more information on Swift Eagle visit www.swifteagle.org.
As an individual writer who is a supporter of Swift Eagle, this letter is being written without the knowledge, permission or approval of Swift Eagle. My concern is that this area’s only newspaper seems overly attentive to large soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, etc. tournaments that bring large numbers of out-of-area tourists that are important to businesses that cater to tourism — mainly hotels, restaurants, gift shops and entertainment in general.
Good for them. Now it’s time for the Vail Daily editor to focus on the local businesses who are the bedrock of our community. Marriott does not need your support.