High Altitude Society: Ninth-annual Oktoberfest Shuffle benefits the Vail Valley Charitable Fund
Event organizers across the Vail Valley sighed a breath of relief and anticipation on Sunday morning when they woke up to clear, blue, sunny skies and warm temperatures. Beaver Creek Resort was bustling with excitement as race organizers worked on finishing touches for the ninth annual Oktoberfest Shuffle, benefiting the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
By the 10 a.m. start, the sun was high in the sky and racers and walkers were warming up their limbs for a 5K or 10K across the beautiful, scenic trails of Beaver Creek Mountain. Beaver Creek Resort Co.’s lederhosen-clad Jeremy Gross was on hand to help in a variety of ways, as was the Hiking and Nordic Center’s Nate Goldberg.
VVCF executive director Michelle Maloney and marketing and events manager Lauren Emenaker were busy running around attending to details as the racers streamed in and out of the finish area. Both are thankful for the opportunity to offer continued support to a community that cares for one another.
“We are so lucky to have this gorgeous day,” Emenaker said. “We have about 230 participants this year.”
VVCF staff, volunteers and the entire community are still feeling very grateful for the outpouring of support for Kailyn Forsberg and her family that was experienced at the recent VVCF Caring for Kailyn fundraiser.
On this late summer Sunday in the mountains, it was a pleasure to volunteer alongside Rohn and Debbie Robbins, who are veteran volunteers and amazing community members who are continually giving back. Rohn is the chairman of the board and founder of Vail Valley Charitable Fund, and Debbie is the consummate volunteer wearing many hats, including Veterans Day organizer and good deed doer.
The Vail Valley Charitable Fund was created in 1996 to provide assistance to individuals who live and work in Eagle County who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness. The VVCF has grown significantly during the past 19 years, having raised and distributed $7 million to approximately 1,400 families in our community. The majority of the donations come from individuals and businesses right here in the Vail Valley. VVCF provides almost 100 individuals and families each year with assistance to help them make ends meet while undergoing treatment or recovery from a range of medical conditions.
For more information on how to donate or apply for aid, visit http://www.vvcf.org.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events, fundraisers for nonprofits and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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