Frampton gets volunteer award Friday night |

Frampton gets volunteer award Friday night

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado “Longtime local Susan Frampton has won the Vail Valley Foundation’s Ernie Bender Award for her volunteer work.

Frampton and her husband, Harry, moved to the Vail Valley from Beaufort, S.C., in 1982. Susan began a volunteer for some of the foundation’s fledgling programs, such as the AEI World Forum.

The award will be given to Frampton at Friday night’s Black Diamond Ball, which is held each year in conjunction with the Birds of Prey World Cup ski races at Beaver Creek.

“Harry and I have had some wonderful experiences that have come through the World Forum,” Frampton said. “We’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredible people over the years, but probably the most entertaining moment was the evening we hosted a small dinner for some of the participants and spent the majority of the night watching the O.J. Simpson chase on TV.”

Frampton has volunteered for every World Forum since the outset and has only missed two of the 25 American Ski Classics. She also served as the chairman of the social committee for both the 1989 and 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships.

Frampton also is chairman of the Resource Center of Eagle County and is on the boards of the Family Learning Center and the Vail Art in Public Places Committee.

She has been a volunteer teacher for over 10 years at Red Sandstone Elementary School and a six-year board member for Vail Mountain School.

Frampton will join previous Ernie Bender Volunteer of the Year Award winners that include the Bender Family (2000), Dave Ozawa (2001), Barbara Treat (2002), Dick Pownall (2003), Bill Douglas (2004), Tenie Chicoine (2005) and Fred Haslee and Jim Sanders (2006).

For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, call 949-1999 or visit

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