Frampton wins Vail Valley Foundation volunteer award |

Frampton wins Vail Valley Foundation volunteer award

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL, COLORADO ” One of the Vail Valley’s stalwart and most recognizable front line volunteers will be recognized for her efforts Friday evening, as Susan Frampton is honored by the Vail Valley Foundation as the 2007 Ernie Bender Award for Volunteer of the Year.

The award, now in its eighth year, will be presented at the annual Black Diamond Ball, in conjunction with the Charles Schwab Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup Week festivities. The award is named for the dedicated long-time race crew volunteer who passed away in the summer of 2000.

“Volunteers are truly the backbone of the Vail Valley Foundation,” explained Foundation president Ceil Folz, “and we are incredibly fortunate to have such committed and selfless people like Susan as an integral part of all of our events. In addition to the time and expertise that she brings to our programs, she is incredibly vested in the well being of this community through all of her volunteer activities.”

Originally from Beaufort, South Carolina, Frampton and husband Harry moved to the Vail Valley in 1982 when Harry was named president of Vail Associates. Susan immediately immersed herself as a volunteer in the Foundation’s fledgling programs, working registration for the inaugural AEI World Forum.

“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 Classic events. Along with her annual Foundation volunteer responsibilities, she also served as the chairman of the Social Committee for both the 1989 and 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships.

“I think my favorite memories of the Foundation’s events have come from my Social Committee work with the 1989 and 1999 World Championships,” Frampton said. “It was really rewarding, not to mention fun, to meet all the athletes and coaches, as well as everyone else that makes those events truly special.”

In addition to her volunteer work for the Vail Valley Foundation, Frampton also serves as the chairman of the Resource Center of Eagle County, while also sitting on the boards of both the Family Learning Center and the Vail Art in Public Places Committee.

A schoolteacher in South Carolina, 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.

“This is a huge honor for me,” Frampton concluded. “I think the Vail Valley Foundation does such wonderful things for this community and I love working with the staff there. The creativity that comes out of the Foundation is amazing.”

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).

The Ernie Bender Volunteer of the Year Award is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Foundation, contact 949-1999 or visit

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