High Altitude Society: Healing Nepal event brings valley together
EDWARDS — On May 4, a group of caring, concerned people came to the Edwards Interfaith Chapel & Community Center to support the nonprofit dZi Foundation and their work on the ground in the earthquake- ravaged Himalayan country of Nepal. Executive Director Jim Nowak has worked in the remotest and poorest villages there for 17 years. Nowak lived in Vail for many years and was thrilled to have the largest turnout ever to one of his slideshow presentations. He saw many familiar faces, caught up with old friends and felt the warmth of the Vail Valley community.
Nowak said he was humbled by the hard work by everyone to make this a reality. The outpouring of compassion and support from the Vail Valley was amazing. This event sets dZi Foundation up for are some follow up events to come back and report to you on their work and how the funds were used.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for your wonderful effort, it was the biggest dZi event in 17 years, you all made it happen and a lot of folks in Nepal are going to be better off in the coming years. This event will be the spring board for thousands of dollars coming in for dZi to carry out our work in Nepal,” Nowak said.
Deacon Steve Baird and Director of Mission and Outreach Mary Cotton were delighted to know that the $5,000 matching grant was met. Father Brooks Keith of the Episcopal Church said a stirring prayer before the slide presentation and concluded with, “God bless, Nepal.”
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As a social columnist, I have personally covered events in the Valley for more than six years. This was the first one that I spearheaded and helped organize. It was wonderful to get positive feedback from our community.
Thank you to all the volunteers including Wade Johnson, Scott Green, Steve and Karen Baird, Judy Davis, Jennifer Wooley, Elisa Rossetto, Christina Piccinini, Lora Green, Deborah Travers, Joey Travers, Keefer Travers, Sophia Affleck, Reilly and Keefer Quagliano, Dana Maurer, Cheryl Tanner Holman, Karin Weber, Suzanne Oliver, Father Brooks Keith, Mary Cotton, Barbara O’Hearn and many more. Thank you also to the generous donors and suppliers of tents and sleeping bags which are en route to Nepal as you read this.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, galas and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at highaltitudesociety@vail daily.com.