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Alpine Bank awards grants in celebration of Colorado Day

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Thomas Howard, president of Friends of Mountain Rescue, receives a check from Christina Person, of Alpine Bank, as part of Alpine Bank's Colorado Day celebration on Aug. 1 when $30,000 worth of grants were given out.
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VAIL — Friends of Mountain Rescue and Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum are among Alpine Bank’s grant recipients in celebration of Colorado Day and the My Colorado promotion.

Alpine Bank celebrated the 140th Colorado Day on Aug. 1 with awards totaling $30,000 to nonprofits with a historic preservation or cultural mission, and Friends of Mountain Rescue and Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum each received $1,876 grants.

The recipient groups

Friends of Mountain Rescue is the fundraising and fund management arm of Vail Mountain Rescue Group and ensures Eagle County has highly a trained and equipped search and rescue team.

Every season, residents and tourists alike become lost or injured in the backcountry, and Vail Mountain Rescue Group’s volunteer team has saved many lives.

“We simply cannot do the good work our volunteers do without the support of the community-minded people and organizations like Alpine Bank,” said Thomas Howard, president of Friends of Mountain Rescue.

The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum was created in 1976 and serves as a steward of Colorado’s rich and colorful snowsport history. The museum is located in Vail and features themed galleries with artifacts, narratives and film documentaries.

“We are extremely grateful to Alpine Bank for their generous donation to the museum in conjunction with their My Colorado campaign,” said Susie Tjossem, executive director of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. “The snowsports industry has truly impacted not only the early development of our state, but continues to bring worldwide attention and tourism to Colorado.”

Colorado Day is an annual observance of the state’s birthday, Aug. 1, 1876.

For more information about Alpine Bank, visit http://www.alpine bank.com/mycolorado.