A foundation reinvigorates itself | VailDaily.com

A foundation reinvigorates itself

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope
Argie Tang, Kay Tuber, Steve Folz, Oscar Tang, and Ceil Folz

The Black Diamond Ball flew in on the wings of change this year.The nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation, host of the Black Diamond Ball, is recreating itself by moving forward in its ventures while reviving events past.From the new “Success at Six,” program, which seeks to ensure all kindergarten-age students have the financial ability to attend full-time if they desire, to bringing back a high-profile golf tournament this coming summer and preserving open space, the Vail Valley Foundation has its eyes on the future, leaders of the organization say.The mission of the Vail Valley Foundation is to provide leadership in athletic, educational and cultural endeavors to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley.

Some of the well-known projects of the Vail Valley Foundation include the American Ski Classic, the AEI World Forum, World Cup races and The Session snowboard competition, Budweiser Hot Summer Nights and Street Beat, the Vail International Dance Festival, and the Salon Series. Educationally, the Vail Valley Foundation Scholarship provides college scholarship grants to high school seniors in the Vail Valley. And, in cooperation with the Vail Valley Youth Foundation, the Magic Bus and Launch Into Literacy programs target literacy in an effort to strengthen families within the communities where this assistance is most needed, leaders of the organization say. Each year, two community members are honored for their generosity and volunteerism in the community. They received their awards at the Black Diamond Ball. Oscar Tang was chosen citizen of the year for his efforts in creating a culturally abundant town. Elaine Kelton presented the award.

“I just can’t tell you the pleasure and the rewards we receive, and this just tops it off,” he said. He thanked is wife, Argie, for giving him this new life. He credited with getting him involved in the Vail community. Bill Douglas received the Ernie Bender Volunteer of the Year award for his service and time given to the Vail Valley Foundation and other non-profits in the valley.The party lived up to its reputation as “the most fun you can have in a black tie,” with games, prizes, great auctions and dancing to the Bob Finnie Band.==========================================

To Learn MoreFor more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, visit the Web site at http://www.vvf.org or call them at 970-949-1999.==========================================Vail Colorado

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