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Letters: Thank yous all around

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Thanks from CASA

CASA of the Continental Divide wishes to thank their many donors for their support this past year:

Alpine Bank; Anschutz Foundation; AV Hunter Trust; Beaver Creek Resort Co.; City Market Cares; The Colorado Grand; the David and Kathleen Ferguson Family; Eagle County Commissioners; Eagle River Presbyterian Church; East West Partners; El Pomar Foundation; Father Dyer Methodist Church; 1st Bank of Vail; 1st Bank of Avon; Frisco Dental; Jewelers for Children; Jewish Community Fund of Akron; John and Christine Boles; Joshua Charitable Foundation; Lake County Commissioners; Land Title; Loewenstern Foundation; Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa; Mayer-Phillips Foundation; Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa; R. A. Nelson; Ross and Margot Perot; Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate; Smiles for Life (Ridge Street Dental); Snowdon and Hopkins Architects; Summit Foundation; Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation; the Towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne; United Way of Eagle County; Vail Daily; Vail Resorts; Vail Valley Cares; Vail and Summit Rotary Clubs; VALE Fund; Wal-Mart; Wells Fargo Bank and the Wolcott Foundation.

Appreciation also extends to the many contributors to the Stay at Home Invitation Event; Gingerbread House Competition, Birdhouse Sales and the KSMT Golf Tournament.

CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who work with abused and neglected children in Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit Counties. They are appointed by judges to represent the best interests of these children and to seek permanent placement for them as quickly as possible. This past year, 83 children have been served thanks to the following volunteers: Nancy Adam, Corina Aragon, Sophie Berkley, Vera Bloch, Melody Braaten, Jane Brady, Lois Bruce, Frank Bumpus, Anne Marie Chapin, Pam Christensen, Jan Cornwell, Terri Eaton, Pinki Faux, Janice Green, Rob Gregory, Stacey Horn, Jessica Hulse, Lindsay Ishman, Peggy Kappy, Dosia Laeyendecker, Judy Lane, Laura Laubhan, Dawn Melvin, Vickie Morgan, Mellanee Montgomery, Monica Mullinix, Christi Perkins, Diana Phelps, Cindy Provorse, Mary Kay Rachwalski, Narda Reigel, Christine Reynolds, Judy Sawyer, Jeff Schatz, Julie Schaul, Jim Shaw, Renee Strong, Sandi Tamkin, Cheryl Thompson, Elizabeth Varnell, Rachele Vogel, Susan Washing and Gail Westwood.

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, please call the Dillon office at (970) 513-9390.

Anne Marie Chapin

CASA Board of Directors

Ambassador thanks

I would like to thank the following businesses and people for their generous donations in helping me achieve my goal of traveling with the People to People Student Ambassador program to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia.

Thank you to the Town of Gypsum, NexGen Constructors, D. Jensen Electric Inc., Bob Herbst, Rob Lee, Kent Rose, Jon and Edie Lengel, Mike and Laurie Sliper, Kent Kriehn, Lucy Oesterle, and Glenn Palmer.

My new friends in Fiji live their lives with so much less than us, but with so much more heart.

I was amazed when a teacher didn’t show up for class and the students stayed in the classroom and worked anyway. We would have gone home or to the store, but these kids take their education very seriously and enjoy learning.

I became close to the Head School girl who told me her story of how she left her family on their farm to live with her grandparents to go to school.

The friends I made in New Zealand and Australia seemed very Americanized. They watch the same TV shows, see the same movies, and wear the same clothes, I really could have been anywhere in the United States.

Australia’s history really caught my attention; I was surprised to learn that Australia was built by European criminals, in the late 1700s.

Thanks again for the opportunity to enrich my life.

Jessica Alvis


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