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Renovations aid Habitat for Humanity

Having lived in Northern California for most of my life and having operated resorts in the Napa Valley for a few years, seasonality is something that I had to adjust to when I moved to Colorado in 2009. I have found that this change in weather and the four distinct environments that the seasons create have become an integral part of my life. The excitement that my two sons and I share with the end of one season turning to another is one of my favorite things about living in the mountains.

Being in the resort business certainly adds importance to the different times of the year. Winters are a buzz, summer is always much busier than we expect. We approach each shoulder season with excitement to evaluate the previous season, strategize for the next year, train and educate our teams and hopefully take some much needed time away from our properties.

But this time of year is also a critical one for Timbers Resorts for another reason, one that we find to be much more rewarding and impactful to the mountain communities in which we operate — philanthropy. It is during this time that the management at each resort works closely with our home office to make certain that we are supporting the charities that benefit children and families.

This year, we have been particularly fortunate to have undergone renovations at two of our resorts (The Sebastian Vail and Timbers Bachelor Gulch), allowing our homeowners associations and property owners to donate all of the furniture being replaced to Habitat for Humanity. This furniture is then sold at their respective Re-Stores and that money then assists needy families in the building of new homes.

The Vail Valley offers a number of amazing charities for businesses and individuals to participate with. Below are some of our favorite local charities and events that benefit them this year:

• Roundup River Ranch http://www.roundupriverranch.org. This amazing organization offers old-fashioned, pure fun camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families. At their beautiful Colorado ranch and through year-round activities, they offer campers and families the chance to enjoy the most extraordinarily ordinary joys of childhood. Campers can take a true vacation from being “a patient” and get back to the fun of being a child. Here, the healing power of laughter, friendship and shared experiences offer kids the chance to make new friends, find the courage to try activities they never thought possible, and build confidence.

You can support Roundup River Ranch by attending the Grateful Harvest Event http://www.roundupriverranch.org/support-us/events/a-grateful-harvest

• The Youth Foundation http://www.vvf.org/education/youth-foundation. The Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation elevates the educational experience in Eagle County by providing art, athletic, and academic opportunities that empower children, families, and teachers in the Vail Valley. The Youth Foundation provides over 3,800 local children with focused early childhood, K-12, and scholarship programs; that help create success for every child. Our concentrated interventions provide each child with over 250 contact hours per year that produce significant results and equip students to reach their highest potential.

You can support the Youth Foundation by attending the Star Dancing Gala http://www.vvf.org/content/events/get-involved-events/fundraising-events/star-dancing-gala

• The Children’s Garden of Learning http://www.childrensgarden-vail.com Children’s Garden of Learning partners with children, families, and the Vail Valley community to provide an inquiry-based education for young learners. Teachers and children co-construct their learning experience through observation, intentional planning, creative environments, and active exploration of materials. Our goal is for each student to emerge as socially capable, creative citizens who love learning.

As a board member of the Vail Chamber and Business Association I encourage you to get to know these organizations and to understand the impact they have on your life and the lives of those that work and live around you. As an executive with Timbers Resorts we hope you attend these fantastic events and are the lucky winner of one our donated auction items so that you can enjoy a little getaway of your own.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and Business Association and what we have to offer to businesses in and that do business in Vail, call 970-477-0075 or email info@vailchamber.org. Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top of level of the Vail Transportation Center.

Lance Thompson is the Managing Director of Resort Operations for Timber Resorts. He is a board member of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.