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Special to the DailyHappy birthday, Donnie. You're looking pretty good for 38. I guess we know who wears the pants in the family. Your hero, Jimmy.

That’s the name of a broad-based local volunteer effort in the county to raise money for victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

Participants include the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau, The Eagle County Volunteer Center, West Star Bank and The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce.

These organizations are trying to raise as much cash as they can for the thousands of people in need of basic provisions. All donations and proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross.

Through Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 6, local businesses are pitching in to raise money for the relief effort. Any local business can take part. Helping can be as simple as a donation basket at the cash register. Or, businesses can create unique fund-raising events or solicit staff donations.

Among those who have already scored in this Superbowl are:

n The Vail Dance Academy. A “Turn the Tide Revue” raised $6,000 over last weekend at the Vail Mountain School.

n The Sonnenalp of Vail Resort, which is making a corporate contribution from employee and executive donations..

n Steammaster is donating a portion of it proceeds from now until Superbowl Sunday.

n West One Salon in Eagle-Vail has donated all it proceeds from Jan. 19 to the cause.

n A portion of the proceeds from the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau’s Feb. 4 luncheon, “Best Practices in Resort Communities” with Happy Frampton, will go to the relief effort.

To start a collection drive have customers make out their checks to The American Red Cross and in the memo line of each check have them write tsunami relief. Convert all cash collected into one check, also made out to The American Red Cross.

Send money via certified mail, or drop it off at: West Star Bank, c/o “Superbowl of Caring,” 108 S. Frontage Road,Vail, CO 81657.

The Eagle County Volunteer Center will also be collecting donations on Super Bowl Sunday and rotating Saturdays until Superbowl Sunday. Collections are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at all City Market locations in Eagle County, Columbine Market in Gypsum, and this Saturday at Village Market in Edwards.

Congratulations to Ryan Drumm for being placed on the Dean’s List for the 2004 fall semester at Colorado University School of Architecture and Planning. His parents are very proud of him.

Vail Colorado

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