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Happenings in community help nonprofits

Story and Photos by Carolyn Pope
Members of the Specialty Sports team pause with tools in hand during Trail Action Day.

EAGLE COUNTY – Several fund-raisers and community assistance activities have been happening around the valley this summer. It’s great to see that local for-profit businesses have recognized the marketing value of helping on the nonprofit associations in the community. The events have a double-whammy effect, raising money and awareness for good causes as well as raising attention for their businesses. That’s what I call smart (and conscientious) thinking.In June, a group of around 25 employees of Specialty Sports in Vail hit the trail. With saws and clippers in hand, the group sweated it out on the North Trail system, logging 175 hours.

Their hard work helps keep the trails free of debris, widening them as needed, and getting them ready for hikers and bikers. Specialty Sports and its owners, the Gart family, are often at the head of the pack when helping out with community and volunteer efforts. This winter, for example, they raised over $30,000 for Meet the Wilderness. Without groups like Specialty Sports donating time and muscle, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the trail system in our national parks and forests.

Free golf lessonsA beautiful spring day and lush greens were the backdrop for Vail Academy’s second annual golf tournament at the Greg Norman course at Red Sky Ranch. Formally known as Eagle Valley Christian Academy, the school is celebrating brand new digs, which opened in February. The school’s goal is to nurture students with attention, ethical guidance and academic opportunities. The day started with a bang as Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and Community Concepts popped Dom Perignon in celebration of Red Sky’s newest development, the Custom Collection.

Jamie Allen, along with Ron, Matt and Laurie Iverson, came in with first net, followed by their associates, Dave and Jen Adkins, Eric Lyon and Scott Meichtry, who won first gross. Not only did the winning teams with low scores receive awards, but the teams with the highest scores also walked away with just what they needed – free golf lessons. But their names will certainly not be mentioned in my column! Colorado Business Bank, Red Sky Ranch Golf Club, Mitch and Leanne Perry and Ron and Kathy Iverson were gold sponsors of the tournament, which raised over $25,000 for the Vail Academy students.

Manicure for cancer”Chippen Nails” is the name of a new nail salon in Avon. For their grand opening, Jimmy Pham and Kenny Nguyen decided to give something back to the community by donating 20 percent of their sales for two days to the Caring House at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

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“Anything that’s a good cause, I like to hear about,” said Nguyen. “Any little bit helps, so it’s good to do something like this for the community.”Patrons waited their turn to get their fingernails buffed and tootsies pampered at the salon, located next to Copy Copy in Avon. Not only were the customers impressed by the subtle surroundings, but also one of the employees had whipped up some fresh Vietnamese spring rolls to nosh on while waiting for their appointments. The nail technicians upped the final number out of their own pockets to write a check to caring house for $500. The number is especially commendable considering the salon had been open only two weeks.

The Caring House will be built next to the Shaw Center in Edwards and will house patients undergoing treatment there.Vail, Colorado

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