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Education Foundation of Eagle County named 2016 Small Nonprofit of Year

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On Friday, May 12, the Vail Valley Partnership hosted its annual Success Awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, naming the Education Foundation of Eagle County as 2016 Small Nonprofit of the Year, its second top recognition in three years.

In an application to the nomination committee, the Foundation outlined a list of accomplishments achieved in 2016, including:

• Fundraising: The Foundation provided instrumental strategy and fundraising for the successful 3A/3B campaign initiatives supporting teachers and school buildings.

• Classroom grants: In the 2016-17 school year, the Foundation granted $34,000, and more than $104,000 since 2012, to support classroom programs implemented by teachers in science, technology, engineering and math; arts and music and general funding.

• Distinguished Teacher Awards: In the 2016-17 school year, the Foundation awarded $12,000 to four teachers, and more than $37,000 since 2012, in academic scholarships toward advanced degrees and certifications.

• Apple Awards: In partnership with YouthPower365, the Foundation manages this monthly teacher recognition program that provides a $500 incentive award presented to teachers who exhibit excellence in the classroom. Since 2012, the Foundation has recognized more than 32 teachers and presented more than $16,000 in awards.

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• Evening of Stars: In 2016, the Foundation recognized 333 nominees for their efforts in education at this annual gala event established in 1994 to recognize outstanding educators, staff members, and community members for supporting and/or delivering excellence in education.

• Wild West Day: In 2016, this collaborative, communitywide event facilitated by parent volunteers raised more than $140,000 that was evenly distributed to nine local public elementary schools

"On behalf of our board and trustees, we are honored and humbled by this award once again," said Foundation Executive Director Amy Lewis. "In 2014, (the Foundation) was privileged to receive this award based on the solid efforts of our tireless volunteers.

"The organization looks for any opportunity to work with education-focused nonprofits, donors and sponsors to positively impact nearly 7,000 Eagle County students and more than 800 district staff members. Yet, the true backbone of (the Foundation) is its volunteers, the folks who passionately give their talent and time ensuring our success."

The Education Foundation of Eagle County exists to support the creation and delivery of an excellent learning experience for all pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade Eagle County public school students by procuring and providing funding for essential tools, technology and staff. Visit efec.org to learn more.