Time to help out ‘Wally’ | VailDaily.com

Time to help out ‘Wally’

Probably it is a good thing that I did not carpool out to Vail for the 1962-1963 ski season with the Philadelphia Ski Club. We were primarily a ski club, but did many other physically adventurous activities. Just as well, because I would have stayed and might have been some competition for Packy Walker, John Donovan and Rod Slifer.

How things have grown! The Village, the mountain and the valley have had a whirlwind growth under the direction of Vail Resorts, Apollo Group and Rock Resorts, the town of Vail and the Eagle County commissioners. More and more people began to stay, marrying and raising families and getting involved. Many citizens have provides funds for charities and special organizations.

I have been going to a wonderful barber since 2001 who has trimmed what little hair I have to give me that fab “hey baby” look. Her name is Velia “Wally” Reyna. She provides an unusual visual environment such as flying pigs, interesting reading material and a plethora of kinky sayings for the “patients.” She accompanies her favorite music with a soft mellifluous hum as she stands trimming ones hair. The experience is wonderful.

More than a great barber, Wally has been giving free haircuts to anyone donating their hair to Locks of Love and has helped St. Baldricks Event in Eagle, singlehandedly raising $5,000 for Children’s Cancer Research.

Wally needs reconstructive ankle surgery on both her ankles and will be unable to work for six months. Now it is time for us to repay Wally for her generosity.

There will be an event at The Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek today from 3 to 8 p.m. with live music, a silent auction and a rockin’ good time! Admittance is a $20 donation at the door. Those who can not make it can get online now and donate by credit card at http://www.vvcf.org. I hope everyone who reads this will do so. Thank you.

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