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La Tour owner receives doctorate

VAIL – Paul Ferzacca received an honorary doctorate from the The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver on Dec. 16.

Chef Ferzacca, the proprietor of La Tour Restaurant in Vail, was honored to receive his diploma, and to address the graduating class of 2011.

“As you embark on this life-long journey, it is crucial for you to remember to embrace passion and knowledge,” Ferzacca said.

Over the years, Ferzacca has used his own passion to volunteer in the community. He’s mentored Battle Mountain High School students in the Pro Start restaurant management and cooking program, helping them win the state title seven times in 10 years. His students also have received more than $3.5 million in total scholarships.

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The Vail restaurateur encouraged the graduates to use their passions to infuse their lives with meaning, and to never underestimate the amount of knowledge they need to become successful.

“There has not been a day in my life, whether with my family, my business, or with my friends, that I have not learned something new. You must participate in life; you must show up, pay attention to details and listen to everybody around you. The world is run by people who create, design and act on their dreams. Not by those who wait to be asked.”

Ferzacca said he enjoyed speaking at the graduation ceremony, and wished the graduates well with their future professions.

La Tour Restaurant is located at 122 East Meadow Drive in Vail.

SteamMaster employee honored by Vail Valley Partership

AVON – Jorge Umana from SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, of Minturn was recently awarded the “Member of the Year Award” from the Vail Valley Partnership.

The Vail Valley Partnership revealed its first annual recipient of the Member of the Year award. The new award was created to recognize an individual member of the Partnership who routinely participates in Chamber events and programs, works as a promoter of the Partnership in the community, and helps to connect businesses and individuals to the Chamber.

Between regularly attending the Partnership’s after-hours business mixers, educational seminars, breakfast scramblers and other events, Umana works diligently as a Vail Valley Partnership Ambassador. In addition, ambassadors assist staff at events and programs and serve as stewards in recruiting and welcoming new partners.

“It is beautiful to see so many positive and talented people working in one direction for the well-being of the Vail Valley,” Umana said. “These are the reasons why I recommend and support the Vail Valley Partnership,”

Umana also volunteers on the board for the Eagle Valley Home Builders Association. In his position at SteamMaster, Umana works in the business development and marketing department, helping the company attract new clients and enter new markets.

“I am personally excited and proud for Jorge to be named ‘Member of the Year’ by the Vail Valley Partnership and thank the VVP for acknowledging Jorge’s contribution and continued efforts,” SteamMaster CEO Raj Manickam said. “He is incredibly functional as an ambassador and demonstrates a staff-like quality as a volunteer.”

SteamMaster extends food collections

MINTURN – SteamMaster’s food drive on Saturday at five local grocery stores were very successful. They have about two trucks of non-perishable food items donated by well-wishers that shopped at City Market, Safeway and Village Market in Vail, Avon, Edwards and Eagle.

“We really appreciate the generous donations received from locals as well as visiting guests,” said SteamMaster’s CEO, Raj Manickam. “The local food banks are really running low and our team at SteamMaster simply wants to help by extending this effort year-round.”

Technicians and employees will make themselves available to collect non-perishable food items from clients and donors as part of the “We Will Clean Your Pantry” campaign. In addition to a drop box at the companies’ offices, their project managers and technicians will pick up items at cleaning and restoration job sites.

SteamMaster is also reaching out to second-home owners who are leaving town until their next visit to call them if they would like to donate their food from their pantry to the food bank.

Salvation Army case worker Tsu Wolin-Brown said the current economy has meant a greater volume of need for food and other necessities. Wolin-Brown also asked that individuals donate items such as soap, diapers, paper towels and toilet tissue.

To schedule a pick-up, call 970-827-5555. If you see one of the company’s vans, you can flag it down to donates a few items. A drop-off box is also located at SteamMaster and Colorado Crawl Space offices at 1901 S. Main St. in Minturn.

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