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Edwards Interfaith Chapel hosts New York Nights

Alice Swanson, Event Chairwoman Susan Washing and Kathy Stainton take a moment at New York Nights, an evening of auctions, delicious cuisine and music to support the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

EDWARDS — New York Nights, held on Saturday at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center, raised funds to “help keep the lights on” in that same multi-use facility. The space houses seven different religious denominations that respect each others different beliefs and customs. In addition, many nonprofits utilize the facility for things like meetings, classes, therapy, dinners and food banks. Boy Scouts of America, Educated Minds, Family Learning Center, Trout Unlimited and Vail Symposium are just a few of the organizations that used the building in 2014.

Event chairwoman Susan Washing greeted guests and said, “In past events we went to Paris and Hong Kong, and now we are in a city where I can pronounce hello. New York is so easy. I am so glad that you are joining us. There have been some spectacular sponsors and underwriters who have stuck with us through all the events … thank you very much.”

It was a great undertaking to produce the New York-themed event, and Washing was thankful to her team.

“I want to thank the best committee in the universe,” she said.

The evening’s honorees were Morgan and Cathie Douglas, who lived in Vail for 50 years and have given back to the community in many ways. Cathie started the Volunteer Corps at the Vail Valley Medical Center and volunteered untold hours in the emergency department. Father Brooks Keith presented Cathie with her honor and thanked her for her dedication and service. Morgan, who passed in February of 2012, loved to paint, ski and golf.

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The artist Britten created an incredible painting titled “First Light,” which she dedicated to Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center. “Britten has agreed to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to this facility. It is a major gift for which we are very grateful,” Washing said. The painting is available at C. Anthony Gallery in Beaver Creek.

There were great auction items including a chef’s table dinner with Spendido’s David Walford, who along with his team prepared the New York Nights’ event cuisine of Waldorf salad, steak Diane and New York-style cheesecake.

Encore performances dedicated to loved ones completed the evening’s entertainment. Special thanks went out to all of the volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

For more information, visit http://www.edwardsinterfaithchapel.org.

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