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Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event

In the past five years, the Vail Symposium has offered more diverse educational programs than any other local organization.
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Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at http://www.ColoradoGives.org or schedule your donation in advance.

Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group

The fundraising efforts of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group are to help residents in Eagle County who are in need of financial assistance while going through breast cancer treatment. We realize that costs for breast cancer treatment often exceed insurance coverage and many local women have no insurance at all.

Our funding assists emergency situations relating to breast cancer that include a need for food, gasoline or even a babysitter, as well as alternative treatments that may require the patient to travel long distances and stay in a hotel.

Additionally, each local woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer receives a check from the VBCAG in the amount of $500 — our Day to Play program — to help relieve the stress of treatment. The funds can be used to offset medical expenses or, perhaps, for just a relaxing indulgence such as a day at the spa or whatever her choice may be. The Pink Lemonade Bubble Gum Day to Play program provides $50 to each child whose mother is undergoing treatment.

In 2012, we established the Gap Fund, providing $50,000 to the Breast Center for those who need additional diagnostic tests and assistance with the gap payment due to their deductible or insurance coverage. In the Gap Fund’s first year, two breast cancers were found and treated! In 2013, we contributed $50,000 to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center’s 3D tomography machine, and another $25,000 to the Gap Fund. Since the Gap Fund’s inception we have served 168 women.

During the past 20 years, the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group has raised more than $1 million due to the generosity of this wonderful community, and we hope to continue to ease the financial and emotional burdens endured by those women in Eagle County who are battling breast cancer.

Vail Symposium

The Vail Symposium has been organizing educational events pertaining to geopolitical issues, health and wellness, adventure, arts and culture and more since 1971. Former Vail Town Manager Terry Minger and Mayor John Dobson formulated the organization to spawn ideas for the purpose of guiding change in the 9-years-young mountain recreation community.

Forty-three years later, the organization has shape-shifted with programs spanning winter and summer, while continuing to bring speakers that educate and challenge the local and visiting communities. Speakers such as Rene Dubos, Robert Redford, President Ford, Gary Hart and Tom Brokaw are a part of the Vail Symposium’s rich history, while names such as Barney Frank, John White, Dr. Eben Alexander and David Rubenstein have been involved in the last year.

The Vail Symposium continues to grow, taking on hotter topics and bigger speakers while maintaining their mission of providing thought-provoking, diverse and profound programs at an affordable cost to attendees.

“We has seen many nonprofits, big and small, come and go in Vail,” said Tracey Flower, the Symposium’s executive director. “Our continued success is a testament to the service we provide and how the community here values the events we organize.”

In the past five years, the Symposium has offered more diverse educational programs than any other local organization. This winter the organization will dive into topics such as finance, fracking, hindsight of marijuana legalization, body image, stem cells, nonviolent conflict resolution, international hot spots and consciousness.

Speakers for the 2015 season include Esther George of the Kansas City Fed, Chip Kaye, Phil Town, Christopher Hill of DU’s Korbel School, Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies, Danica Lo of Epicurious, Jon Kedrowski, “Deep” author James Nestor and may more.

Vail Valley Charitable Fund

“Life is what happens to us while we’re making other plans” — Allen Saunders.

When an accident, illness or medical catastrophe happens, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is there to help. The VVCF, founded in 1996, helps locals living or working in Eagle County who are experiencing financial hardship due to a medical crisis. Due to a much higher cost of living in Eagle County, the scarcity of affordable health insurance, and high co-pays and deductibles, a responsible working person can quickly become financially disabled if they are faced with a medical crisis.

The VVCF helps residents in need in two distinct ways: Through direct aid grants of up to $5,000 used to help with medical expenses, mortgages or utilities, and by assisting an applicants friends with fundraising events when the expenses greatly exceed $5,000.

The VVCF could not do this alone. With support from individual donations and many community partners, the VVCF helped 54 Eagle County families with one-time grants in 2013 alone. Since its inception, the VVCF has donated more than $7 million to thousands of Eagle County families.

Please choose to support the VVCF on Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 9, by making a tax-deductible donation at http://www.colorado gives.org/vvcf. This year, your donation can go even further. By donating to the VVCF at a Vail Resorts Retail store through Jan. 9, the Vail Resorts Epic Promise Program will match 50 cents to every $1!

Visit http://www.vvcf.org for more information about the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

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