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Give to those who donate Jennifer Ortiz was very lucky to get a heart transplant. More than half of the 96,000 Americans on the national waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. More than 6,000 of their neighbors die every year as a result.There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who arent prepared to share the gift of life should go to the back of the transplant waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a nonprofit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has 9,073 members, including 139 members in Colorado.David J. UndisExecutive DirectorLifeSharersSalvation Army thanks The Vail Valley Salvation Armys 4th Annual Red Kettle Golf Tournament was a resounding success. Thanks to the many donors and volunteers who provided support and worked at the tournament, we were able to raise over $30,000 to help local residents in their time of need. Please take a time to thank everyone who gave us a hand so that we can help your friend and neighbors. The tournament was made possible though the generosity of Vail Resorts Development Company and Red Sky Golf Club. We would like to thank all of our sponsors Millennium Private Bank (presenting sponsor); First Bank of Vail, Coors Brewing Company, Dutch and Shelley Stortz, Ginn Clubs and Resorts, HDR Engineering (Kettle sponsors); Alpine Bank, Big Hat Ranch, Blue Sky Mortgage, Dave Peterson Electric, R&H Mechanical, Slifer Smith & Frampton, Vail Emergency Physicians (bell ringing sponsors); Charlie and Mary Beth OReilly, Dundee Realty, Mauriello Planning Group, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, Wells Fargo Bank (Adopt-a-Family sponsors); Allen Insurance, Ascent Physical Therapy, Castle Peak Automotive, Colorado Business Bank, Colorado Mountain Express, JoAnn and Ed Levy, Steadman Hawkins Clinic (basket sponsors); NCR Broadcasting, The Vail Daily (media sponsors); Rocky Mountain Reprographics (sign sponsor); Eagle River Village (program sponsor); H.M. Brown & Associates / Perry Longo (Hole-In-One sponsor).We would also like to thank all of the prize sponsors: Avon Liquors, Bravo!, Cordillera, Country Club of the Rockies, Coyote Vision, Eagle Ranch Golf Club, Fiestas Caf, Frites, Gore Range Brewery, Grouse Mountain Grill, Juniper Restaurant, Los Amigos, Montauk Seafood Grill, Ore House Restaurants, Riverwalk Wine and Sprits, Russells, Sonnenalp Golf Club, Stan Cope, Sweet Basil, Terra Bistro, and Tom and Annie Apple.The live auction raised $2,900 thanks to the generous gifts of a Colorado Avalanche Box for a home game for 10 people donated by Coors Brewing Company and a one-week Belize vacation for two, plus airfare donated by Richard DeClark, Bob Lazier and Tim Parker.Of course all of this would not be possible with out the hard work of our golf committee: Tom Korchowsky, JoAnn Carhart Levy, Belinda Monson, Mary Appleby, and Mary Ellen Cope. Thank you to all the volunteers also made this event possible: Chris Del Bosco, Anne Agneberg, Mary Sue Katz, Nancy Dooher, Dan Smith, Hugo Arria, Laura Lee Johnston, Martha Bevan, Doni Beck, Charlie Fickle, Steve Wodlinger, Andrea Hirsch, Mignon Souto and Linda Weisensel. Also many thanks to Chris Lai, Jeff Hansen and all the Red Sky Golf Club staff.Tsu Wolin-Brown Director, Vail Valley Salvation Army


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