Minturn Saloon concert to benefit longtime local
MINTURN – Kathy Miller perhaps represents a large part of the Vail Valley workforce. Only, she moved to the valley in the 1970s and picked up a job at a restaurant in town. Only, she’s been here ever since, working at various establishments, most recently the Minturn Saloon, up until March, when she was no longer able to work due to cancer treatment she was undergoing. “She’s been challenged with her illness since December 2003, and has been battling it ever since,” said Andy Kaufman, owner of the Minturn Saloon and previously of Boco’s Station in Minturn, where Miller also worked. “I’ve known Kathy for right around 30 years, back when we both worked in restaurants in Lionshead. It was back in the ’70s, when Vail was just getting going. She was at The Place in Lionshead. It was a local’s favorite. I worked nearby at a steak and seafood place. She’s been at the Saloon since 1998 as one of our senior waitstaff and trainers. It wasn’t until the beginning of March that her energy levels were such that she couldn’t work any longer. That’s been a big part of the problem – the combination of being ill and the bills that incur not being able to work. Kathy is a strong-willed, independent person. She doesn’t ask for help often. It really took a lot for her to allow us to help her at this point.”
Kaufman and Miller’s friends are trying to raise $30,000 to help Miller offset medical costs for her treatment. Tonight Little Hercules will perform at a fundraiser at the Saloon beginning around 8:30 p.m. and a group of Miller’s friends and colleagues have had a booth at the Minturn Market every weekend fundraising via silent auction. All of tonight’s bar sales will be donated to Miller as well as the $15 door fee, which includes door prizes and a beer.”Kathy has many, many friends in Minturn and around the valley who have known her a long time,” Kaufman said. “Everyone who’s heard about this and who knows Kathy has wanted to do something to help. People who have met her in restaurants know her face. She handles a large crowd as nicely as she handles a couple in for a quiet dinner. She doesn’t get flusters. At the Saloon, you get all kinds – big groups, small groups … She really is the consummate professional.”
The Vail Valley Charitable Fund has provided Miller a grant for her battle. Those who can’t make tonight’s fundraiser can send a donation to the charitable fund with Kathy Miller’s name specified at P.O. Box 3851, Eagle, CO 81631, or by calling 328-1884. Anyone with silent auction items to contribute to fundraising efforts can contact Bec Jones at 331-6884.Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or firstname.lastname@example.org.