Concert generates $13,650 for Vail Veterans Program |

Concert generates $13,650 for Vail Veterans Program

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyFrom left, Maj. Allison Franklin, Cheryl Jensen, Ryan Voltin, Pam Voltin, Becky Hinkhouse and the Vail Valley Foundation's Mark Fenstermacher were at a check presentation for the Vail Veterans Program. The money was raised at a Vail Valley Foundation concert.

VAIL, Colorado – The annual concert that helps Vail Valley residents and guests celebrate America has once again benefited some of the servicemen and women that have been injured defending America as the Vail Valley Foundation recently presented a check for $13,650 to the Vail Veterans Program.

The check, which represents the proceeds from the Foundation’s Fourth of July Patriotic Concert at the Ford Amphitheater, was presented July 30 in the name of the late Jack Kemp to Vail Veterans Program President and Chairwoman Cheryl Jensen and a group of veterans at the Yarmony Creek Lodge near McCoy.

“It is only fitting that the money generated from our Patriotic Concert be given back to the men and women that have given so much defending this country,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “We are honored to be able to help Cheryl with such a worthy effort and one that makes such a difference in these soldiers’ lives.”

The Vail Veterans Program was founded just months after the war in Iraq had begun. It has hosted over 200 severely wounded U.S. service members and over 100 of their family members.

A community-based effort, the program offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter, along with summer horseback riding, rafting, fly fishing and shooting to amputee veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The program not only introduces participant veterans to winter and summer activities, it also offers a positive transition to living with a new disability.

“They are guaranteed to have a positive family experience,” Jensen said. “It builds their confidence and for so many, it is a life changing experience. They leave Vail feeling like they can do anything even after losing limbs.”

The Vail Valley Foundation has been donating the Patriotic Concert proceeds to the Vail Veterans Program since 2006.

To learn more about the Vail Veterans Program, visit For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, check out

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