Land trust named nonprofit of the year
EAGLE COUNTY – The Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau has given the Eagle Valley Land Trust the 2004 success connection award for nonprofit organization of the year. The Eagle Valley Land Trust is the county’s principal land conservation agency and spearheaded the purchase and preservation of the Bair Ranch in western Eagle County. “We’re thrilled to present this award to the Eagle Valley Land Trust,” said Frank Johnson, president of the Chamber and Tourism Bureau. “Their accomplishment securing Bair Ranch as open space was truly impressive. Our other finalists, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and the Vail Symposium, should be applauded for their efforts in 2004 as well.” The Eagle Valley Land Trust was among 13 nonprofits nominated for the award. The awards committee, comprised Chamber and Tourism Bureau members, selected the Land Trust for its significant accomplishment and community impact in 2004. This year, the Land Trust successfully preserved the 4,830-acre Bair Ranch as open space in Eagle County. In less than nine months, the organization raised over $1.3 million for this effort. Nominees for the nonprofit of the Year award were evaluated on several criteria including service to their constituency, involvement with the local business community, community impact, quality of contribution to the local community, fulfillment of mission, reputation of the organization and financial viability. Other nominees included the Snowboard Outreach Society, Meet the Wilderness, Vail Symposium, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Gore Range Natural Science School, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Literacy Project, Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Valley Charitable Fund and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. The awards, meant to honor the best business practices in six different categories, will be presented at the second annual Roaring ’20s Gala on Jan. 28. The remainder of the success connection awards – including small business of the year, large business of the year, marketing campaign of the year, customer service of the year, and emerging business of the year – will be announced at the gala.For more information about the Roaring ’20s Gala, call 476-1000. For more information about the success connection swards, call Elyse Howard at 477-4027 or e-mail her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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