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‘Mountain miracle’ on Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK — It wasn't that long ago that Wally Posner left Beaver Creek in the back of an ambulance with his unconscious daughter, Danielle. On Friday, he returned to the ski resort on a bike and his daughter was there waiting for him. Posner completed a 1,350 mile ride from his home in Bannockburn, Illinois, to Beaver Creek to raise awareness and research funds for spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a newly recognized disease that nearly killed his daughter last ski season. The family was vacationing at Beaver Creek at the time, and Wally Posner and Danielle, were taking a snowboarding lesson when she began to feel chest, shoulder pain and nausea. It didn't take long before she went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the slopes. Ski patrol brought her back to life with an AED, performing CPR on her all the way down the mountain and straight into the ambulance. His wife and two sons were located on the mountain and joined them at the hospital, where doctors told them that Danielle had a SCAD event, a mysterious occurrence where the layers of the artery wall suddenly tear. They learned that SCAD often happens to young, otherwise healthy women with no history of heart problems, and that the survival rate was 14 percent. "(When my wife called me), I can't begin to tell you the conversation. This was a parent's worse nightmare. When were we going to wake up and realize that this was all a bad dream?" said Wally Posner. Danielle was airlifted to Denver, where after a harrowing few days, doctors said she was lucky and would recover. They learned even more about the strange disease that had changed their lives — it might not be so "rare" after all. Many doctors haven't seen or heard of it, but research is beginning to show that it is often misdiagnosed or reported as coronary blockage. A ride for awareness The Posners said they wanted to thank the Beaver Creek staff, doctors, nurses and other responders along the way. Wally Posner, an avid cyclist, also wanted to find out what had happened to his daughter and raise awareness about SCAD. His ride, which started on July 25, not only recruited donations but rallied those affected by SCAD from around the world. To date, he has personally raised almost $60,000 through his Mountain Miracle ride and aims to exceed $100,000 by the end of his effort. The money will go toward SCAD research. "We want to find out if there's a way to prevent this," he said. "We've spoken to all these survivors and made a push to raise awareness. It's not about me or the ride at all — it's about telling people about this. Sooner or later, it will affect you or someone you know." The ride is also a bit of a celebration and thank you to all those who helped Danielle. Dr. Jerry Greenberg, the cardiologist who treated Danielle in Denver, joined Wally Posner, along with a few Beaver Creek ski patrollers, Vail Valley Medical Center employees and SCAD survivors and family members who met them for various parts of the ride. Life after SCAD Danielle is now recovered and back attending college, where she made the honor roll and the dean's list. While the incident is largely behind her, her father said returning to Beaver Creek brought up unexpected emotions. Greenberg, who since treating Danielle has moved to the Vail Valley Medical Center, said many SCAD survivors, depending on the extent of their initial injury, can return to normal life. "There's a small incidence of a possible re-occurrence, but most folks go back to full functional activities, with medical therapy," said Greenberg. "It's always good to say hello to (a patient) who does so well. But the real credit goes to those Beaver Creek boys who got on the scene. Without them, it would have been a different scenario." Another SCAD survivor from Bailey, Dana Carr, rode from Frisco with the group. She went into cardiac arrest from a SCAD event on Jan. 8 — a complete surprise for a very athletic, healthy 44-year-old woman. She's back in the saddle, but said the psychological consequences of the event have been difficult to digest. "I have to talk myself through things quite a bit. I'm grateful that everyday is a new day, but I also go to sleep and wonder if I'll wake up. That can be difficult," she said. Wally Posner echoed the sentiments. He had been hoping the ride would bring closure for him. "It was a lofty goal, but I haven't found it," he said as he neared Beaver Creek. "I'm trying to think tomorrow and the next day … maybe when the ride is done and I have time to process it all." Assistant Managing Editor Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2927 and mwong@vaildaily.com. Follow her on Twitter @mwongvail.

Vail Daily column: Forever grateful for Ski Patrol heroes

I always thought of myself as a courageous and brave person. I guess I never fully understood what that truly meant. People deal with crises every day in their lives, but until you have lived through one, you can never fully appreciate the true agony that those people endure. Crises are ruthless and know no compassion. I have three grown children. Jeremy and Justin are great older brothers to their baby sister Danielle, who is a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in pre-med and communications. My family decided on a late vacation this year. Trying to plan a one with all that is happening can be quite an arduous task. In early December, the kids were finally able to agree on a date. Let's go skiing at Beaver Creek. My wife, Lisa, and I started surfing the Internet for a complete package. It didn't take long to find it. Eight days of fun, sun and snow in Beaver Creek. We had been there before, and no vacation ski trip can compare with its beauty, the amenities and its quaintness. It's heaven. Our second day on vacation everyone awakes early and can't wait to hit the slopes. My son Jeremy is on his way from Chicago to meet us. Justin and my wife, Lisa, leave to hit the slopes early. Dani and I decided to take the Centennial lift. Up and down we go, falling left, falling right and falling forwards and falling backwards. I think you get the point. Every fall ended with a smile and determination. After a couple of hours and numerous bumps and bruises, we decided to take a lesson. Mark, 28, from Maryland, was our snowboard instructor. We headed over to the Buckaroo Gondola and when we exited the gondola, Dani said she was not feeling well. Her back and chest were aching, and she was feeling a little nauseous. For precautionary reasons, we decided to call Ski Patrol and have them take a look at her. Ski Patroller "Blitz" arrived within five minutes. After a couple of questions and checking the mobility of her shoulder, he told her that she had three options. First, he could take her down the gondola and we could see the doctor. Second, take her down the gondola and call it a day. Or, third, just relax and when she felt better, resume her day. Dani opted to relax for a few minutes. The bunny hill that we were on was no longer than 30 yards. I went first, and Dani decided to sit and relax. Then Dani said, "I might as well enjoy myself with a little pain, rather than just sit here," so off she went with Mark. Halfway down, I could see that Dani was uncomfortable. We decided to call Ski Patrol back. It was at this point that I knew something wasn't right. Ski Patrol showed up quickly, but it seemed like forever. The patroller took off his skis and walked over to ask Dani how she was doing. Dani responded that she needed to go down to see a doctor. The ski patroller then walked back to get the toboggan to take her down. It was precisely at this moment that Dani's eyes starting rolling back in her head and that she turned blue. Within seconds, the ski patroller had evaluated the situation and was calling on the radio for assistance. I can't possibly describe the horror and helplessness that I felt. Why couldn't this just be me? Within minutes, additional help arrived. They start administering CPR and inserted a breathing tube. Seconds later, they are cutting off her clothes and connecting her to the defibrillator. These people are stoic; they are courageous, and they are my heroes. They are literally saving my daughter's life. Saving Danielle Five or 10 minutes have now passed; I really do not recall much more than that. I think our brain tries to minimize traumatic situations, and this was one I am certainly glad that I cannot remember everything. They are now ready to move her down the hill, side by side in two toboggans. Dani is in one and two or three Ski Patrol paramedics are in the other. I believe that they were still administering CPR and oxygen through the resuscitator. Two other ski patrol personnel were guiding them down the mountain. I took the gondola down with two other people. My mind was all over the place; I couldn't think. When we got to the bottom, we ran to the ambulance. Dani was already in the ambulance when we arrived and they were trying to stabilize here. All the while, the police and paramedics are trying to comfort me. I kept asking what was taking so long. They were saving her life. Dani spent four days in the hospital after the doctors inserted a stent to open the left artery in her heart, which was 100 percent blocked. Through all of this we were showered with love, hope and comfort by everyone we came into contact with. My family and I will forever be grateful to everyone who assisted in saving my daughter's life. It was made abundantly clear by all of the doctors who assisted in saving Danielle's life that the only reason she survived was because of the heroics of the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol. I was fortunate enough to have spoken with all of Ski Patrol the day after the event. They will never be able to fully appreciate the genuine respect and admiration that I have for each and every one of them. We will forever be indebted to them. You have given my family the greatest gift, the life of my daughter. Wally Posner plans a bicycle ride from Chicago, where he lives, to Beaver Creek this summer to raise funds to fight SCADs. For more information, see the website http://www.themountainmiracle.com. Write a column! Share your insights with the rest of the community. What's going well, not so well? Send your submission to ValleyVoices@vaildaily.com. By submitting a column, you are granting permission for the Daily to publish it on the paper's website. Email Don Rogers at editor@vaildaily.com for more information.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich performs in Beaver Creek Sunday

Many singer/songwriters these days take the easy route when it comes time for a name and use their own, whether they have a backing band or not. Just look at the Underground Sound series lineup: Gregory Alan Isakov, Leon Redbone, William Fitzsimmons, Paula Cole, Jaimee Paul. But not Danielle Anderson. She didn’t want to be “just another singer/songwriter,” she said. That’s fitting, because she’s not your typical girl with a guitar set up, either – this folk musician plays the ukulelee. She wanted a name that would get people’s attention. And thus Danielle Ate the Sandwich was born. And really, who doesn’t love sandwiches? “I wanted an attention-getting detail,” Anderson said. “And back then, when I came up with the name, I figured I could put a sandwich on a sticker.” Anderson remembers coming up with Danielle Ate the Sandwich and thinking, “No, that’s way to weird, my mom would be so confused by that.” “But I kept coming back to it,” she said. “And like with a lot of ideas, the first is always the best, so I came back to the first weird idea I had.” So the question remains: What sandwich does Danielle prefer? Since the 26-year-old recently became a vegetarian, there aren’t as many options, but grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly are her usual suspects. ‘Moved for love’ Up until a few months ago, Anderson was based out of Fort Collins, where she lived for six years following college. She built a fan base slowly, and worldwide, by posting intimate, charming performances on YouTube and made some extra cash doing alterations for a clothing store in the mall on the side. In the past three years, she has built enough momentum touring and writing music to support herself. “I feel restless when I’m not on tour,” she said. “It feels comfortable to me, to get in my car and know I have to drive at least five hours.” What started as a hobby of self-expression has evolved into a fully realized artistic outlet. A few months ago, Anderson relocated to Minneapolis, where her boyfriend lives. “I moved for love,” she said. “As good as Colorado’s been to me, I lived there since I graduated college,” she said. “I always wondered what else was out in the world. … I feel like I had mastered the Denver scene. “I had good connections and was established. It’s exciting to move to a new place and be the underdog. Being unexpectedly delightful, that’s how I hope to be, and work up to something similar to what I had in Denver.” And besides, she’s still playing plenty of gigs in the Denver-Fort Collins-Boulder triangle, and in places beyond. She plans to return to Colorado at least once a month or so. Her show at the Vilar Center on Sunday night marks the first time Anderson has performed in Eagle County, she said, and she’s excited to get her music out to a new market, and play for some new faces. “I’m excited to be up there and get to play an awesome show in an awesome place, and they’re treating me like a movie star,” she said. “I’m very excited because I expect people to be very rich, so hopefully they’ll buy thousands of CDs.” ‘Songs about wondering’ Speaking of CDs, Anderson recently released her fourth album “Like a King.” She raised the funds for the record using Kickstarter. She set out to raise $6,000 and her friends and fans gave her $16,236 instead. “I had more than 250 pre orders of this CD, not including over 400 people who pitched in the money, so that helped me get the word out, and get the buzz and excitement started,” she said. The album itself is pretty heavy, the songs rife with unsettling themes. “A lot of my songs are about wondering, being unsure of everything, which can be very dark,” she said. Her 2010 album “Two Bedroom Apartment,” had similar themes, but was recorded “a little lighter,” she said. “This one is very deep, heavy and dark. I kind of like that as a female singer songwriter who is silly and colorful, to release a product that slaps people in the face. I struggle to get people to listen to what I’m saying in my songs. A lot of people think I’m a comedic singer, so for me it was kind of exciting to release something really heavy, really dark, so people couldn’t say ‘these are cute songs.’” During Anderson’s live shows – she’ll perform as a trio on Sunday night – she tries to strike a balance. “It’s a mix of these melancholy and bittersweet songs that make you think and bring you to your knees, but in between I try to be lighthearted and silly, so that no one gets driven too far in one direction,” she said. “When effectively done, it’s pretty appealing.”

Danielle Ate the Sandwich returns to Beaver Creek

Just a little more than a year ago, the Vilar Center welcomed a young girl and her ukulele who, with an ethereal voice, sang songs that spoke to listeners of all ages. Danielle Ate the Sandwich, a Fort Collins based folk singer and songwriter whose real name is Danielle Anderson, performed at the Vilar Center in October 2012 as part of the fall's Underground Sound series. The beauty of that particular offseason series is that tickets are cheap enough you can take a chance on going to see an artist you've never heard of before. "Many (people) were surprised by how much they enjoyed her performance," said the Vilar's Executive Director Kris Sabel. "They didn't know what to expect with a name like Danielle Ate the Sandwich. It's always fun and more satisfying when the audience comes without expectation and realizes the simple joy of experiencing a talented performer in a live setting." She made enough of an impact on Sabel and others that he brought her back for the 2014 winter season lineup. "The audience loved her stories about herself and her songs, and seemed to really connect with her songwriting," Sabel said. "One of the reasons I like having her on the series is her songs feel right to both a younger and an older audience." Anderson plays as a trio at the Vilar Wednesday night. "I play ukulele and guitar," Anderson said. "I have a stand up bass player named Dennis and a violinist named Chris. These guys bring a lot of great ambiance and atmosphere to my songs. The arrangements are simple, but we try to make it as big and as little as it can go. I really like the acoustic/folk/stringed instrument thing we have going. The sound of the trio is calm and at times thick. It's very soothing and a real delight to play with such talented musicians." Anderson took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily. Vail Daily: What have you been up to since your previous performance at the Vilar Center? Danielle Anderson: Since playing the Vilar Center in October of 2012, I moved to Minneapolis for a year, then moved back to Colorado. I toured around the nation, traveled to Iceland for fun with my friends, went to Yellowstone with my family, learned some things about life and love, tried to keep my eyes open and constantly observing and starting working on writing the soundtrack for a documentary about the artist, Edith Lake Wilkinson. Kid stuff, mostly. VD: Kris Sabel from the Vilar Center said one of the things he likes about you is your songs appeal to both a younger and an older audience. Can you speak to that? DA: It's a great compliment to hear that someone thinks my music appeals to a wide range of generations! I like to imagine the parents driving their kids to the Danielle Ate the Sandwich show, leave feeling surprised and entertained, thinking "Well, she was a charming girl."  I am just writing what I know, but I take what wisdom I have and wrap it up in a fun and colorful, youthful presentation. The sound of my music is fairly agreeable, so ears of all ages can listen and appreciate, but if you choose to listen a little harder, the message of the songs is layered and can get deep. I like that the songs can be easy to take in on first listen, but become more if you choose to let them. So, there are serious elements but, I mean, my stage name is Danielle Ate the Sandwich, so that attracts a younger crowd.  VD: Last time we talked to you said you were a recent vegetarian. Did it stick? DA: I am still mostly a vegetarian. I didn't eat any meat for a year and a half, but have lately started eating small bits of meat things, mostly because it's more convenient. I don't know that I believe in it enough to go through all the trouble! Ha! That's just about the worst thing I could say, but you heard it here first! I am a dedicated, serious singer and songwriter with no desire to carry out convictions that may be inconvenient. I'm an American singer and songwriter!  VD: When did you move back to Colorado? DA: I moved out of Minneapolis, back to Fort Collins, this September. I played a few gigs in the Twin Cities and tried to start something good for my music out there, but it was a slow burn. I tend to do things my own way and that sometimes leaves me orbiting a "scene" of my own. I don't usually want to do same type of leg work a lot of other bands are doing-playing until 3 in the morning, on a bill with six other acts, getting paid $20, loading in and loading out … I'd rather play in a coffee shop all alone, for free, where people will listen and there isn't much trash on the floor and we can all be done and in bed by 10 p.m. I like my shows to feel safe. I think that's another way I appeal to the young and the old. I didn't realize how much I missed Colorado until I moved back. It was very nice to come home.  VD: What can people expect from your show? DA: We will be playing songs. Don't come to this show if you don't want to hear songs. I always aim to entertain. I like to give honesty in my performances, by being open during the songs and during the in-betweens, when I might be telling stories, or talking. It feels a lot like my concerts are conversations with the audience, though I am usually the one talking, since I have the microphone. I hope to make people laugh and I definitely hope to make people listen. I think my music is nice but I am biased, because I am its mother. Those who come to our show at the Vilar can hope to expect a simple, humble, human experience. Just a young woman sharing her soul through songs and wishing that the room full of people in front of her are open to sharing that experience.  VD: Are you working on anything new? DA: I am writing the soundtrack for a new documentary film about the artist Edith Lake Wilkinson. She was an artist in the late 1800s who was mysteriously sent to an insane asylum. All of her belongings, paintings and sketchbooks were packed in a trunk and she was never heard from again. A generation later, a curious family member pulled her things out of the trunk stored in the attic and began asking questions. The documentary tells the story of Edith Lake Wilkinson and Jane Anderson, her great niece, who is trying to solve the mystery of what happened and bring life and credit to Wilkinson's work as an artist (www.edithlakewilkinson.com/). My job is to write music beautiful enough to accompany this story. It's going to be pretty hard, but I'm excited for the challenge and the opportunity to do something new and difficult. I think it's an important part of life, and one of my continual goals, to make sure I'm always up for scaring the pants off of myself. 

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Vilar Center, Hooked restaurant in Beaver Creek team up

BEAVER CREEK — Partnering with Hooked restaurant in Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center invites you to get "Hooked on the VPAC" this month with Wednesday night performances from four different talented women and dinner specials each night to pair with the evening's entertainment. Spanning genres including folk, rock, jazz and more, the four female artists scheduled for Wednesdays in January — Danielle Ate the Sandwich (Jan. 8), Paula Cole (Jan. 15), Jaimee Paul (Jan. 22) and Susan Werner (Jan. 29) — will impress with their incredible vocal and musical stylings. Individual show tickets range from $20 to $35. Dinner before the show Seafood restaurant Hooked, located just across from the escalator entrance to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek village, invites show attendees to enjoy a special dinner before each of the above mentioned performances. Seatings begin at 5 p.m. Reservations are required. Six-course pairing Chef Riley Romanin, of Hooked, will create a six-course seafood and wine pairing that will perfectly complement each concert. The cost per person is $75 with wine pairings and $55 without wine and will include a first course of oysters on the half shell or baked oysters Parmigiano, paired with cava sparkling wine; a second course of clam chowder or a Hooked salad, paired with Boniface Apremont; followed by an "intermezzo course" of a winter citrus salad; a third course of a Hooked roll paired with La Pierre Beaujolais; a fourth course of Crimpster and mushroom risotto paired with Hitching Post Pinot Noir; and a fifth course of Mission Fig bread pudding, paired with a Barolo Chinato cocktail. Tickets for the performances range from $20 to $35 and are available online at http://www.vilar pac.org, by phone at 970-845-TIXS or in person at the Vilar Box Office in Beaver Creek.

Briefs: Creek cleanup meeting Friday

EDWARDS ” The Black Gore Creek Steering Committee will meet Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Eagle County Health Service District Building in Edwards to receive public comments on a proposed plan for keep sand and other sediment of Black Gore Creek on Vail Pass. Black Gore Creek is considered an “impaired” stream because of the sand that has spilled into it. The steering committee includes local, state and federal agencies. A summary of public comments will be submitted to the state Water Quality Control Division. The latest report on pollution in Black Gore Creek can be read at the Eagle County Building, Vail Town Hall and the Vail library. For more information or to RSVP to the meeting, contact Maria Pastore at 827-5406 or Pastore@EagleRiverWatershedCouncil.org. BEAVER CREEK ” Beaver Creek will host its final telemark workshop of the season Saturday at the resort. The workshop provides lessons for telemarkers of all abilities, from beginners with no experience to experts. Participants should meet at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center, near the base of the Strawberry Park lift, at 9 a.m. Lessons last until around 3 p.m. The cost is $75 for the lesson only or $135 for the lesson and a lift ticket. Discounted rentals are available. SUMMIT COUNTY ” If the number of cars passing through the Eisenhower Tunnel is any indication of how busy the High Country was last weekend, it could have been a record-setting few days for visitors. Between 12:01 a.m. on Friday and midnight on Sunday, 139,668 vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower/Johnson memorial tunnels, marking the second highest three-day weekend count in the tunnel’s 34-year history, according to numbers released this week by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The highest three-day count of 140,367 occurred between Aug. 3 and 5, 2001. The busiest three-day weekends at the tunnel historically occur in either March or August ” the top 10 list consists of sets of days that all fall in those two months. The top 10 highest winter weekend counts all fall in March, except for one weekend last month and another in December 2002. On March 3, 47,661 vehicles passed through the Eisenhower Tunnel, which was the ninth highest count in a 24-hour period. The single-day record was set on Aug. 5, 2001 with 50,113 vehicles. ” Nicole Formosa

Phelan-Alexander Invitational results

Local points scorersApril 23, 2005Girls 800 Medley2. Vail Christian (Karlie Peterson, Megan Doughty, Molly Brooks and Rachel Glandorf), 1:59.908. Eagle Valley (Krysten Guse, Courtney Best, Danielle Leniger and Miranda Hicks) 2:12.91Girls 3200 relay3. Batle Mountain, (Meagan Reigel, Max Van Dyke, MacKenzie Stevens and Marit Johnson), 11:23.25Girls 100 hurdles2. Courtney Best, EVHS, 18.47Girls long jump4. Megan Doughty, VCHS, 13-8.57. Jane Lettovska, BMHS, 13-0.5Girls 1002. Leslie Peterson, VCHS, 13.104. Molly Brooks, VCHS, 13.26Girls triple jump1. Jane Lettovska, BMHS, 28-11.253. Rebecca Richardson, BMHS, 27-25. Kelly Scholl, BMHS, 25-9.756. Lauren Vickers, BMHS, 24-11Girls shot put1. Diana Baca, EVHS, 32-3.756. Rochelle Ornellas, EVHS, 28-47. Amy Thompson, EVHS, 28-3.5Girls 16004. Rachel Glandorf, VCHS, 6:01.86Girls 400 relay2. Vail Christian (Katie Russ, Molly McGee, Karlie Peterson, Molly Brooks), 53.777. Eagle Valley (Krysten Guse, Noel Legace, Kenzie Seecrist, Danielle Leniger), 59.00Girls pole vault1. Chelsea Craig, EVHS, 7Girls 4001. Leslie Peterson, VCHS, 60.983. Katie Russ, VCHS, 65.94Girls discus4. Amy Thompson, EVHS, 90-36. Amanda Kesterson,EVHS, 88-57. Sophia Martin, VCHS, 87-6Girls 8001. Rachel Glandorf, VCHS, 2:35.892. Molly McGee, VCHS, 2:36.458. Matty Ramunno, EVHS, 2:55.95Girls 2002. Leslie Peterson, VCHS, 27.234. Molly Brooks, VCHS, 27.667. Molly McGee, VCHS, 28.15Girls 1600 relay1. Vail Christian (Katie Russ, Molly McGee, Rachel Glandorf and Leslie Peterson), 4:21.704. Eagle Valley (Courtney Best, Miranda Hicks, Jordan Sibley and Matty Ramunno) 5:02.46Boys high jump4. Caleb Pearson, VCHS, 5-4T5. Jaryd Francis, VCHS J5-4Boys triple jump3. Charlie Coats, BMHS, 36-7.55. Jaryd Francis, VCHS, 34-4.5Boys 3200 relay2. Battle Mountain (Derek Byron, Charlie Coats, Tyler Thompson and Alex Dangler) 9:03.78Boys 110 hurdles3. Charlie Coats, BMHS, 18.32Boys discus4. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 113-116. Johnny Waher, BMHS, 111-02Boys 1004. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 11.94Boys 16007. Andy Given, BMHS, 5:07.218. Ben Rogers, BMHS, 5:10.24Boys pole vault1. Clayton Griffith, EVHS, 127. Jonathan Stevens, BMHS, 8Boys 300 hurdles1. Charlie Coats, BMHS, 44.79Boys 8001. Shea Phelan, BMHS, 2:07.43Boys shot put3. Jonathan Armstead, VCHS, 406. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 38-7.757. Jaryd Francis, VCHS, 38-6Boys 2008. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 25.10Boys 32003. Jake Ball, BMHS, 11:29.475. Ryan Walker, BMHS, 12:21.82 Vail, Colorado

Businesses raise money for non-profits

AVON — Our Community Foundation recently distributed $9,113 to 42 nonprofit organizations that participated in the Eagle County Gives coalition. This donation was made possible due to a number of local businesses that contributed to an incentive fund to help nonprofit organizations build awareness and capacity though Eagle County Gives. Support for Eagle County Gives provides more than 40 local organizations the means to provide basic human needs, protect the mountains, and develop and protect the next generation. The incentive fund was created through the generous support of these businesses: • Beaver Creek Chophouse: $500. • Lark Burger: $334. • Blue Moose Beaver Creek $250. • Manor Vail: $1,500. • Blue Moose Vail: $250. • Ski Butlers: $950. • Bonfire Brewing: $800. • Vail Chophouse: $250. • East West Resorts: $564. • Kaiser Permanente: $2,000. • Other Support: $1,715. "These local businesses have played a huge part in bringing awareness to the Eagle County Gives coalition," Our Community Foundation Program Manager Susie Davis said. "Their support is a testament to the impact small businesses have in our community." Founded in 2010, Eagle County Gives is a coalition of more than 40 Vail Valley non-profits dedicated to strengthening the collaboration, fundraising capacity, and awareness of the non-profit sector that enhances the quality of life in Eagle County. The coalition strives to increase the awareness of the group's collective impact and has banded together to increase total local donations on Colorado Gives Day and year-round. Participating nonprofits collectively raised more than $825,000 on Colorado Gives Day in 2015. Our Community Foundation acts as the fiscal agent for the collaborative. Colorado Gives Day is scheduled for Dec. 6 this year. For more information about the Eagle County Gives coalition, or would like to support these efforts, contact Davis, Susie@ourcommunityfoundation.org or 970-977-1093.

Vail Daily column: Each valley community is unique

There's a place for you in the Vail Valley, whether you're looking for a recreational hotbed or want to tap into a promising business sector. Each community in the Vail Valley offers unique traits, geographies and populations, the many communities of the Vail Valley cater to the diverse personalities and preferences of its inhabitants. Each town and community in the valley provides different services and fill different niches for our visitors, our second homeowners, and our year-round residents. Two weeks ago in this space (http://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/16974290-113/vail-daily-column-our-individual-communities-strengthen-the) we reviewed the various municipalities and population centers that make up the Vail Valley and the importance that each plays in making the valley a unified community. This week we explore additional communities within the valley that contribute an oversized economic impact.. Chief among the communities that contribute to the economy of the valley is Beaver Creek, along with the mountain communities of Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead, and Cordillera. In their own words, these communities: Beaver Creek is located adjacent to the Town of Avon. Much like the rest of the Vail Valley, Beaver Creek was first inhabited in the late 1800s by prospectors. Today, Beaver Creek combines old-world charm with modern-day luxury. Beaver Creek Metro District provides a beautiful and heavily amenitized community for those looking for the perfect spot for a family vacation or corporate retreat, a second home, or to relocate to permanently or seasonally to live out the lifestyle or retirement of one's dreams. Beaver Creek is a gated alpine village complete with the Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek Golf Club and world-class culinary and spa experiences. Beaver creek's chairlifts, skiing and hiking trails create a village-to-village connection that links nearby Bachelor Gulch Village and Arrowhead Resort. Established in 1996, Bachelor Gulch is one of America's premier ski-in and ski-out resort communities. Located on Beaver Creek Mountain, 85% of homes in Bachelor Gulch boast ski-in and ski-out access to terrain that connects Arrowhead Village, Bachelor Gulch Village and Beaver Creek Village. Homes and mountain lodges in Bachelor Gulch are nestled among meadows, trails and forests and appear as an integral part of the landscape, while capturing expansive views to the Gore Range, Vail Mountain and Castle Peak. The architecture captures the spirit of national and state parks throughout the country and encourages structures to blend in harmony with nature. Situated within walking distance to the slopes of Beaver Creek Resort, Arrowhead Village is one of the best-kept secrets of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Its convenient location and variety of lodging offerings are ideal for families who want the comfort and privacy of a home, plus a village community with dining, amenities and activities. As the western gateway to Beaver Creek Mountain, Arrowhead is also convenient to the town of Edwards, world-class fly-fishing and the many hiking trails on Beaver Creek Mountain. The Arrow Bahn Express ski lift is located in the center of the village. Cordillera is an expansive luxury, gated residential community in Colorado with over 7,000 acres nestled in the Vail Valley that is devoted to providing you and your family with a four-season Rocky Mountain experience. Rising from 7,200 to 9,400 feet, Cordillera offers five unique neighborhoods, wrapping around four championship golf courses and enjoying spectacular mountain views. The range of Colorado mountain homes combined with endless year-round activities and amenities make you feel right at home. These resort-amenity driven communities are key players in our economic health and in driving our community forward. Businesses, special districts and locals throughout the valley benefit immensely from the second homeowners and visitors to Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead, and Cordillera. The valley is filled with a special tribe of people who share common attitudes and goals; we are fortunate to have so many unique and extraordinary towns, special districts, neighborhoods, and resort communities that band together to make the Vail Valley an attractive place to live, work, play, and do business. Don't miss the upcoming Vail Valley Business Forum on July 23 as we welcome four keynote speakers to discuss the topic of "Vail Valley Means Business" and how to build a business-friendly environment. RSVP to Haley McNeill at (970) 477-4027 or via email at haley@visitvailvalley.com. Chris Romer is president & CEO of Vail Valley Partnership