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Joe Macy

The Eagle River Watershed Council invites you to join us in thanking the hundreds of volunteers who scoured the roadsides of I 70 from Vail Pass to Dotsero and Highway 6 from Gypsum to Red Cliff.

The Community Pride Highway Clean Up, presented by Vail Resorts, was a success simply because we have so many people willing to get out and work together to clean up other people’s trash across the county.

We salute the expanded group of 87 enthusiastic team leaders who are the very heart of this important project. We thank the more than 800 family, friends and coworkers who supported the effort by joining their teams.

These tremendous volunteers picked up over 43,000 pounds of litter from 115 miles of highway! This keeps the Eagle River cleaner by ensuring this trash doesn’t make it down into the water.

We were able to recruit so many more volunteers this year with the fabulous help of the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail, KTUN, KKCH, KSKE and KZYR. All of the media support really helped us get the word out and made it easier for our team leaders to rally their friends.

The groovy new illustration is the handiwork of artist Jeff Samsel. High Country Copiers, Rocky Mountain Reprographics and Copy Copy printed the colorful posters and Vail Sign printed the great new banners.

A special thanks goes out to all the members of the Vail and Western Eagle Valley Rotary Club who led teams, put up posters and helped serve the volunteers at the party.

We want to recognize Marie Albertson, Holli Snider and the NRC Broadcasting teams who drove around delivering water bottles and extra bags to teams throughout the morning. They were a welcome sight to many folks. This helped CDOT’s efforts to keep all the teams safe and well supplied.

We offer an especially warm thanks to Bob Moroney and the staff from Beaver Creek Mountain Dining for providing such a terrific meal for approximately 600 volunteers who enjoyed the BBQ.

The perfect, sunny atmosphere of Lazy J Ranch was complimented by the fine tunes played by All Strung Out They kept everybody moving to the music. Vail Rotarians happily served the tasty beverages from High Point Distributing and Pier 13 Liquors. T-shirts for all the volunteers were made possible in part by a generous supporting sponsorship from High Country Shirtworks in Avon. The very popular professionals from Mountain Mobile Massage treated tired volunteers to rejuvenating chair massages throughout the afternoon.

The highly leveraged team effort of this extraordinary event is made possible by the seed money from Vail Resorts, Eagle County, First Banks, Rotary Club, Vail Daily and Beaver Creek Resort Company. The Community Pride Clean Up is also supported by donations from the Metro Districts of Arrowhead, Cordillera, Eagle-Vail, Edwards, Berry Creek/Singletree and the towns of Vail, Avon, Eagle and Gypsum.

Please take a moment to thank all those board and council members who value this project enough to continue to make it happen, even during these lean budget years. We sincerely appreciate their commitment to the volunteers and to the environment of Eagle County.

The thousands of extra full, heavy bags of litter would still be sitting by the roadsides if not for the generous support of the fabulous maintenance crews from CDOT, Waste Management and the Town of Avon. They find a way to pick up all the bags within a few days.

As you recall the sight of all those stuffed orange bags lining the roadways, just think about the effort it took the individual volunteer to pick up every piece of trash in those bags. And please join us, in giving thanks that we are blessed to live in a place where so many people are willing to pitch in and share their time, energy and tremendous community pride.

Joe Macy

President of the Board


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