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Spirit of Betty Ford

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeThree generations: Marty Head (seated), her daughters, Guerin and Lynne and granddaughter Coco (left).

The evening was a triple celebration, of sorts. It marked Betty Ford’s 90th birthday, the Betty Ford Alpine Garden’s 20th anniversary, and was also an evening to honor another of Vail’s splendid women, Martha “Marty” Head.

The annual event celebrates someone who reaches out to the community in the spirit of Betty Ford, who is known for her graciousness, generosity and sense of humor.

Previous recipients include Allie Coppeak and Alpine Gardens founder Helen Fritch.

“She’s a woman of distinction who positively uses her influence to create a better community,” said friend Topper Hagerman. “She’s always there, always kind and always has her glass half full.”

Friends gathered at Donovan Pavilion to toast Marty, who has been a part of the Vail community since 1964.

She’s a longtime supporter of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Howard Head Sports Medicine Centers, the Vail Valley Foundation, the Vail Valley Medical Center and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

The evening was sponsored in part by the U.S. Olympic Ski team, The Vail Board of Trustees and Regional Committee Chair, the Hernreich Family Foundation, Barbie and Tony Mayer, Molly and Jay Precourt and Argie and Oscar Tang.

For more information, contact the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at (970) 476-0103.

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