Beth Slifer is Vail Valley Foundation’s citizen of the year
VAIL – The Vail Valley Foundation has named Beth Slifer its 2009 Citizen of the Year. Slifer’s award will be presented to her Dec. 4 at the Foundation’s annual Black Diamond Ball, held in conjunction with the Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup Race Week in Beaver Creek.
“Beth Slifer is without question one of the most recognizable fixtures in this community,” Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz said. “Ever since she arrived in the valley, she has naturally taken on a leadership role in helping to promote Vail and Beaver Creek to the nation and the world. We are pleased to honor her numerous accomplishments with the Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award.”
“Obviously, being selected to receive this award is very flattering,” Slifer said. “I’m not sure I really deserve it as I have spent most of my time with the business and my family, but I most certainly appreciate being recognized for the work that I have done within the community.”
Slifer arrived in the Vail Valley in 1983 after marrying former Vail Associates’ ski instructor Rod Slifer. A year later, she opened the doors to her own interior design firm and currently serves as the Creative Director and CEO of Slifer Designs.
In addition to her work with Slifer Designs, she was also a founder of the Vail Valley Partnership in addition to being a founding board member of the Roundup River Ranch Camp for severely ill children that will break ground in Sweetwater. Her nomination for Citizen of the Year honors was tied to her work as chairperson of the Vail Local Marketing District.
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“In my volunteer work it’s been my philosophy to help start or to be a part of projects that improve the lifestyle of the community, programs that have long term value,” Slifer said. I’m proud of my work with the Vail Symposium and the Vail Valley Institute, as well as other programs to continue to give back to the Vail Valley.”
Past recipients of the Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award include President Gerald R. Ford (1996), Pepi Gramshammer (1997), Pete Seibert (1998), Dr. Richard Steadman (1999), Gilbert Giordano (2000), Judy Alexander (2001), Gerald Gallegos (2002), Howard and Cathy Stone (2003), Oscar Tang (2004), Diana Donovan (2005), R.A. “Chupa” Nelson (2006), Erik and Kathy Borgen (2007) and Dr. Jack Eck (2008).
For more information about the Vail Valley Foundation, call 970-949-1999 or go to http://www.vvf.org.