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Teaming up for tsunami relief

Carolyn Pope

Looking up at our gorgeous mountains, it’s hard to imagine the devastation merely from the photos on CNN and the Internet. Our county would have to be wiped out five times over to account for the human loss in Southeast Asia.Lots of people and merchants in the valley are eager to raise money to help. I’d like to be a resource page if you have something going on. This month and until Super Bowl Sunday in February, the county will hold the “Super Bowl of Caring,” a community-wide benefit for the tsunami victims in Southeast Asia. Instead of doling out small checks to a variety of non-profit organizations focusing on this tragedy, the county and businesses have joined together to make a greater impact from our area as a whole. If you have something scheduled and would like to be a part of this “umbrella” group, they would welcome it. The Eagle County Center, the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau are leading this effort. All funds for this time period will go to the American Red Cross. Events in the future may be earmarked for a different organization that focuses on redevelopment and reconstruction.”I received a phone call from a business which we’ve worked with asking if we would be interested in a tsunami relief effort. I thought it would be an excellent collaborative effort with business, the public and volunteers,” said Gail Cameron-Britt, volunteer services coordinator for Eagle County. “This valley is a very generous, giving community. We knew that they would be supportive of such a worthy cause.”Three grocery stores have jumped on board. City Market in Eagle, Columbine Market in Gypsum and the Village Market in Edwards will establish one day to receive cash donations. Of course, other merchants and businesses are welcome to be involved in this basket donation type fund-raiser. Other fund-raising events on the calendar in the near future:– The Vail Performing Arts Academy and Vail Mountain School are hosting their “Turn the Tide” show Saturday at the brand new Vail Mountain School Auditorium. A suggested donation of $20 is being accepted, with all funds going to the Red Cross. The show features the Vail Performing Arts Academy, the Valley Academy of Dance Advanced Jazz, Don Watson, Beth Swearingen, Colin Meiring, Mickey Poage, Kathy Morrow, Phil Long at The Vail Mountain School Theater at 6 p.m. The tickets are general admission tickets and will be available at the door.– The Vail Cascade Club will host a Casino Night Feb. 5, at 7-11 p.m. This event is looking for about 25 volunteers as dealers. Don’t worry about your lack of experience on the backside of the table. You’ll get the training you need. They are also looking for a couple of greeters and someone to handle coat check.– The Eagle (KTUN) 101.7 and 99.3 are holding their big radio auction today. The all-day event can be found at 95.3 and 101.7 in Eagle County, 97.5 in Summit County, 96.7 in Leadville, and 98.3 FM in Glenwood Springs. “Our goal is to raise as much money as we can for the Red Cross relief efforts while making our listeners aware that they can make a contribution through our efforts,” said Brian Wilder, program director. There are many prize packages for the event, including “Take a Peak at Beaver Creek,” which includes golf, Vilar Center tickets and passes to the Winter Culinary Classic for four. There are also tickets to see Sting this spring in Denver and Lynyrd Skynyrd at Rock Jam this summer, as well as a Coors Mountain Pass, which includes lift passes for all 23 of Colorado’s ski resorts. The auction will also include a trip for two with airfare and an autographed framed print from artist Steve Winwood. Many local businesses have also contributed to the effort, providing everything from skin care to golf lessons. The packages add up to over $20,000 in goods and services.Go from shaggy to chic. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Adagio Salon in Eagle and Sonlite in Gypsum will be cutting hair with 100 percent of their proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Also, there are rumors of a dine-about around the valley coming up. Let’s pool our efforts and funds to make a real Eagle County statement that we care about those struggling through this tragedy. Please call Gail Cameron-Britt at the Eagle County Volunteers for more information on any of these events or volunteer opportunities. Her number is 328-8843, or e-mail at Please forward on your thoughts and suggestions to me at Pope of Edwards has covered the Eagle County society scene for the past five years for the Daily. Vail, Colorado

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