Beaver Creek’s Hike, Wine & Dine for Jack’s Place a success |

Beaver Creek’s Hike, Wine & Dine for Jack’s Place a success

Betty Ann WoodlandHigh Altitude SocietyVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/All photos by Betty Ann Woodland

A group of happy hikers could not have asked for a more beautiful autumn day on Sunday in Beaver Creek. The fall foliage was peaking as participants trekked four miles to support Jack’s Place, The Cancer Caring House at Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. Patients can stay at Jack’s Place while undergoing treatment. Doug Smith, Vail Valley Medical Center’s newly hired vice president for development and marketing said, “This is a unique way to celebrate the mountains, promote health and wellness while raising funds for an important cause.” Kathleen Eck echoed Smith’s words: “What a great turnout for a great cause on a truly perfect Colorado day.” Hikers were treated to seven gourmet food stations along the trek. About 200 hikers gathered at the start where coffee and mimosas were served. There were specialty scones from D’Oro and Dusty Boot served up some amazing seafood ceviche. Of course, Beano’s had their world famous lobster macaroni and cheese comfort food and Rimini finished with a homemade frozen yogurt and Palisade peach dessert. “What a glorious time in the sunshine,” said Katie Tille of the Beaver Creek Resort Company. “There is no better way to spend a Sunday in the mountains.” Diane Duvall-Rogers probably travelled the farthest for the hike. “I am from Texas and am staying in Aspen for a girl’s getaway trip,” she said. “My five friends and I came over from Aspen to participate in this event.” Well done, Diane and friends.Hike, Wine & Dine organizer Sue Franciose was thrilled with the attendance. “Last year 100 people turned out. Lots of people told their friends and they showed up. We had 200 participants today.” In this valley, it seems that if you plan a wonderful event – they will come. It is a testimony to the open hearts and minds of our community. Dr. Jack Eck summed it up when he said simply and eloquently, “These are special people, doing special things for a special place to stay.” Franciose and co-organizers, Lynn Gottlieb and Joyce Nielsen, and the entire Shaw Outreach Team would like to thank everyone who helped make this a very special day.

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