Black Diamond Ball to toast Betsy and George Wiegers as Vail Valley Citizens of 2019 |

Black Diamond Ball to toast Betsy and George Wiegers as Vail Valley Citizens of 2019

Daily staff report

Betsy and George Wiegers will be honored at the Black Diamond Ball in February.

In the Vail Valley community, Betsy and George Wiegers are the embodiment of selflessness through their incredible acts of philanthropy throughout Eagle County and beyond. For their good deeds, the Vail Valley Foundation has named Betsy and George Wiegers as its 2019 Vail Valley Citizens of the Year.

The pair will be honored at the Vail Valley Foundation's 2019 Black Diamond Ball on Feb. 15 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. This year's theme is "An Evening on the Orient Express."

"There is virtually no area of community life that they have not elevated through their giving, board service, vision and foresight," Ann Smead, chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors, said.

Betsy's community impact has largely focused on the arts, education and overall beautification of the communities she touches. She has been instrumental in the flourishing of the Vail Dance Festival, Bravo! Vail and support of classical music and dance in general, including her roles in strong support of American Ballet Theater, the Denver Art Museum, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the New York Historical Society.

It has largely been George who has spearheaded the couple's work in mental and physical health, the environment and veteran's affairs. George was the visionary behind the creation of the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

They have also been strong supporters of the Eagle County Land Trust and Vail Health.