Longtime Vail Valley local needs help
VAIL, Colorado – Paul Maloney, a longtime Vail Valley local, husband, father, outdoorsman, skier and business owner, 55, recently found out he has stage IV cancer of the neck and throat. To help ease the high costs of treatment, his family and friends have organized a benefit on Aug. 9, from 5 p.m.. to 9 p.m. at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion.”Paul has been part of so many lives, here and around the world,” said Mary Bochain, Maloney’s wife. “This benefit is a way for us all to rally together and help Paul in this difficult time. So far, there has been a tremendous amount of personal support.”In 1995, Maloney and Bochain moved to the Vail Valley, where he founded Kerma TDI, an online business specializing in components for high-performance vehicles.It’s skiing, however, that always has been Maloney’s true passion. With exploits at Verbier, Switzerland, that once landed him on the cover of Powder Magazine, he became a popular ski instructor with the Vail/Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School, where he continues to enjoy sharing his love of skiing and mountain life.To this day, Maloney remains “deeply interested in doing his part to make positive change,” he said.Maloney and Bochain, a principle owner of Eagle River Mortgage Company, have raised three daughters – Danielle, 26; Isabelle, 24 and Stephanie, 21 – all of whom attended local high schools.The benefit – organized by friends Janice, Shannon, Brandon, Collin and Emily Meyer and Bill Russell, Marcie and Chris Jaeger, Kristi Cavanagh, Leslie Melzer, Miriam Piracha, Melinda Brown, Gwen Rogers, Page Slevin, and Darbi Gilbert-Alexander – is meant as a celebration, with food, drinks and a silent auction.Food at the event will be prepared by some of the best chefs in the valley, and local jazzman Tony Gulizia will provide live entertainment from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. So far, items donated to the silent auction include clothing, sculptures and paintings, jewelry, dinners, spa treatments, hotel rooms and exercise and ski equipment. Also on the auction block are stays at luxury homes in Mexico, Vancouver, Nova Scotia and Block Island, 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island.Donations – $25 for adults, $5 for kids 12 to 18 (kids under 12 are free) – will be accepted at the door. To make a donation prior to the event, send a check payable to The Vail Valley Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 1275, Avon, CO 81620, with a note of support for Paul Maloney. Donations by credit card can be made at 970-845-6339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information, to make a donation to the silent auction or to volunteer at the event, contact Darbi Gilbert-Alexander at 970-376-1717 or Kristi Cavanagh at 970-376-7744.