Beaver Creek inn’s beds, chairs will help build homes
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” The Inn at Beaver Creek needed to get rid of its furniture. It could have thrown it away, or it could have sold it off.
But the hotel, owned by Vail Resorts, decided to do something that would follow its green philosophy ” and help the local community.
The inn donated chairs, tables and beds to the local Habitat Home Outlet, which will sell the furniture to raise money for local Habitat for Humanity programs.
“It just seemed like a win-win,” said General Manager Ron Neville.
Habitat for Humanity for Eagle and Lake Counties builds low-cost housing around the area. The group is starting a new project called Fox Hollow, which will bring eight affordable duplexes to Edwards.
Over the last week, volunteers moved all of the furniture out of the hotel with the help of three local companies that loaned moving trucks.
“It was such a community effort,” said Kristi Moon, director of the Habitat Home Outlet, which is in Gypsum.
Moon said the donation is worth tens of thousands of dollars ” the biggest one she’s seen during her tenure with the local Habitat for Humanity.
“They had so many choices,” Moon said. “They could have sent it down to Denver to another charity. They could have liquidated it. They could have thrown it away. The fact that they were willing to keep it right here in our community is such a big deal for us.”
Furniture was donated from 41 hotel rooms as well as from the lobby and office. The donation also included a table from Trapper’s Cabin that’s hosted celebrities such as President Ford and Hillary Clinton.
That table is going for $1,200. Other furniture from the donation will be sold for much less ” as little as one-tenth of its original value, Moon said.
The Inn at Beaver Creek ” across the street from the Beaver Creek Chapel ” is undergoing a $7.3 million renovation, and will open next winter as the Osprey at Beaver Creek.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.