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High Altitude Society: Summer Games show off costumes in nonsensical competitions

Carolyn Pope
Special to the Daily
Chairwomen Cathie Bennett and Karen Maxwell.
Steven K. Pope | Special to the Daily

On Aug. 21, the annual Summer Games brought together teams of eight for a ridiculously fun event for competition in, quite honestly, completely senseless events to benefit the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. OK, so the putting and chipping aren’t worthless: They require some skill. But plastic ponies going around the track? All in fun and fundraising. The theme this year was horse racing, so several teams echoed the theme.

Ten teams showed their competitive sides in the many games, which included Jenga and wine tasting. The Pros from Dover walked away with the grand prize.

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado assists women and girls reach their full, economic potential. Founded in 1987, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado is the only statewide community foundation focused on dismantling barriers to women’s economic prosperity. The organization has released more than 30 research reports, passed nearly 40 pieces of legislation and granted more than $17 million to nonprofit organizations that help women and girls achieve their full potential. In 2018, the Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund was established, which gives Vail Valley community members the opportunity to join together and enrich their region and state through informed strategic grant making.

The event was ably chaired by Cathie Bennett and Karen Maxwell, and major sponsors included the Cynthia K. Engles Donor-Advised Fund, Kathy Cole, the Vail Daily, Cathie Bennett, Doe Browning, EpicPromise, Antlers at Vail and Barre Forte. The event took place at TimberHearth Grill in Cordillera, which provided the dinner and refreshments.

Women’s Foundation of Colorado funded local grants for Colorado Mountain College, the Literacy Project, Bright Future Foundation, Walking Mountains, the Red Ribbon Project, the Cycle Effect and the Neighborhood Navigators of Eagle County.

After the games, Women’s Foundation of Colorado CEO Lauren Casteel spoke to the group about building community to create impact with such issues as paid family leave. Vicki Flynn, development director of the Cycle Effect, also lauded the foundation as her organization was one of the beneficiaries. The group empowers young women through mountain biking,

The Women’s Foundation is always looking for people who want to make an impact on the women of Colorado. Memberships include its Power of Extended Philanthropy program, the Empowerment Council and Dads for Daughters. For more information, visit wfco.org.

Photos by Steven K. Pope, special to the Daily