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The United Way of Eagle River Valley benefits many Eagle County organizations

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society

On Thursday evening at the Vail Mountain Club, the United Way of Eagle River Valley held its fourth annual Wine Tasting Party with wines donated by Riverwalk Wine & Spirits. The theme was "Live United" as the United Way's tagline says, the event was an informational event, fundraiser and social event highlighting the many local charities that the United Way supports. Where does the money go? The United Way of Eagle River Valley supports local organizations such as Salvation Army, Charitable Fund, CASA, Habitat for Humanity, Can Do MS, Bright Future Foundation, Red Ribbon Project, Small Champions, Starting Hearts and many more.

Patricia Rowe addressed the crowd and explained why she chooses to donate to the United Way.

'A Wonderful Resource'

"I contacted the United Way and learned that they are a wonderful resource and very knowledgeable about the needs in the community … I don't need to spend my time trying to figure out which organizations to support," Rowe said. "I know that they know who the effective service providers are and that they are evaluating their work. That is why I decided to support the United Way."

Guests heard firsthand accounts of recipients of the good work of the United Way of Eagle River Valley.

"I saw my social worker and she referred me to the Bright Future Foundation. By the grace of God, the transitional living coordinator came and got me. She helped me pack my things and I was out that same day. They put us in a women's shelter for two weeks … they helped me get therapy and gain tools for life and taught me how to use them. Thanks to their help all the goals that I have set have been met or are in the process of being met," shared a survivor of abuse.

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Another story came from the recipients of Small Champions, who helped a little girl learn to ski independently. "Small Champions has given her experiences and memories that we could not have given her. She is skiing on her own. That would not be possible without Small Champions. Thank you so much to the United Way for the support of Small Champions," the young girl's mother said.

The organization would like to thank Eric Berg from Vail Catering Concepts for the donated appetizers, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits and the event sponsors and donors. For more information and to donate, visit http://www.unitedwayeagle.org.