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Women’s Foundation of Colorado hosts 30th anniversary celebration

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society

On Aug. 23, the Vail Valley Regional Committee of the Women's Foundation of Colorado hosted a fabulous Birthday Bash celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of spectacular mountain vistas and luscious golf greens at The TimberHearth at Cordillera, the event planners and attendees were thrilled with the stellar warm weather and pretty blue skies. The theme of having playful rounds of competitive games made for a fun and entertaining evening.

There were challenges in the game of Jenga, focus on the putting green, a chipping contest and even building with Legos. The evening held grand diversions and camaraderie, creating a special and unique atmosphere.

LEADING CHANGE

With a mission of catalyzing community to advance and accelerate opportunities for Colorado women and their families and a vision of a future where Colorado women and girls of every background and identity prosper, the Women's Foundation of Colorado promotes values of promise, leadership, learning, equity, stewardship and accountability.

Since its founding 30 years ago, the organization has advanced change with more than 30 research reports, 40 pieces of legislation and grants to more than 1,600 nonprofit groups.

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Our Vail Valley grantees include Bright Future Foundation, the Red Ribbon Project, Walking Mountains Science Center, Colorado Mountain College and YouthPower365.

'AMAZING WOMEN'

The Vail Valley Birthday Bash committee did a terrific job of organizing the event keeping the 12 teams of eight people busy at six game stations, glass in hand, hors d'oeuvre plates full, all the while cheering on team members. Spectators had a blast cheerleading and supporting the competitors.

When asked why she enjoys working with the Women's Foundation of Colorado, Edith Gonzales shared her story.

"I really enjoy the mission of why everyone gets together. Honestly, it is to make myself feel better — I get to be around really amazing women. The vice president of Colorado Mountain College (Kathryn Regjo) is here this evening. I went to CMC for my associate degree. She has her Ph.D. and told me of her challenges in getting her degrees. I admire her so much. I volunteer and go to committee meetings with these strong women and sit at a table and hear and see them collaborate together," Gonzales said.

LOOKING FORWARD

The evening's honoree was WOW! Award recipient Doe Browning, who has served on a long and impressive list of local boards including Bravo! Vail, Bright Future Foundation, Vail Art in Public Places and Colorado Mountain College, to name a few.

Browning was recognized for her commitment to creatively encouraging philanthropic efforts.

Regional Vail Valley Women's Foundation of Colorado chair Lynn Deutschman thanked all of the generous sponsors including U.S. Bank and Xcel Energy and thanked all of the attendees saying, "Thank you for being here to protect our progress and support our mission to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families into the next 30 years."

A highlight of the evening was hearing from Colorado Women's Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most powerful women in 2015 by the Colorado Women's Chamber, Lauren Casteel.

"We have so much to celebrate and so much to look forward to. When women are thriving, then our community thrives. When women and their families in the next generation do better — then that is our dream. When her spirit lifts, when her potential is lifted, we not only feel better, but our economy grows. It just makes good business sense," said Casteel, president and CEO of the Women's Foundation of Colorado.

For more information on ways to get involved and to donate, visit http://www.wfco.org.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.