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High Altitude Society: Nepal Project Update sheds light on rebuilding efforts

EAGLE-VAIL — On Thursday, May 12, at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion, the first thing that you noticed as you entered the venue for the Nepal Project Update was the smell of delicious Nepalese food being prepared in the kitchen.

Hundreds of savory momos were painstakingly and lovingly assembled by many busy hands to feed guests while they learned about the efforts of The Sherpa Foundation in earthquake-devastated Nepal. The labor-intensive fare was a labor of love prepared under the guidance of the hard-working Yanjie Sherpa and her team.

Local Pemba Sherpa, who has worked tirelessly with The Sherpa Foundation, which he founded to give back to his homeland of Nepal, helped orchestrate the evening's event along with his Board of Directors, volunteers and sponsors.

"I am so thankful to the people who came out with the interest to learn and want to support this important cause," he said. "You have chosen to come and listen to our story … about a grassroots organization started in the Vail Valley that directly helps the people of Nepal."

The list of supporters is long with a special thank you to some key sponsors.

"The Eagle-Vail Pavilion has been very generous with us, Crazy Mountain Brewery was a main sponsor, and we had three foursomes donated from the Eagle-Vail, Cotton Ranch and Eagle Ranch Golf Courses," Pemba Sherpa said. "Randy Wyrick and the Vail Daily partnered with us and made a big difference in bringing people out to support the people of Nepal."

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Treasurer of The Sherpa Foundation Board and longtime local Dana Dunbar was busy well before the event, dealing with the minutia involved in putting together such a grassroots affair.

"We want to thank Dana and all of the volunteers for all of their time, effort and energy," Pemba Sherpa said.

A big shoutout went to Tyler Wells and Derek George, of Alpenglo Media, and the filmmaking team including Woody Woodruff and Barrett Langendoerfer for presenting their film on the state of affairs in Nepal and a look at the rebuilding efforts after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. They documented how difficult it is to get building materials into the remote villages of Nepal, the everyday struggles that the villagers endure and the resilience of the Nepali people.

Pemba Sherpa is a native of Nepal but is happy to be in this community.

"I feel proud to call the Vail Valley my home," he said.

To help support the rebuilding efforts of The Sherpa Foundation in Nepal, visit http://www.sherpafoundation.org.

Betty Ann Woodland covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.