Vail Daily letter: Great partner |

Vail Daily letter: Great partner

Kristi Moon
Avon, CO Colorado

Habitat for Humanity would like to thank The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch for its year-round support. Each year, The Ritz-Carlton gathers employee volunteer groups, encourages guest participation in builds, contributes exceptional auction packages to the Carpenters’ Ball and hosts two events in early winter that benefit Habitat for Humanity, namely “A Haunted Hallows Eve” and the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. Additionally, the resort has hosted Habitat’s signature fundraising event, the Carpenters’ Ball, for the past two years. All in all, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the charity.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is committed to being actively involved in our local community,” said General Manager Abdullah Vural. “Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties has been an invaluable partner in helping to support many local families who are in need of a safe and comfortable home – something many of us take for granted.

“Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a great source of pride for all of the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, and we look forward to changing many more lives through our commitment to this wonderful program.”

Each year, employees from the resort volunteer to build on the Habitat job site, contributing their own “sweat equity” alongside the Habitat Partner Families. They also encourage their guests to participate. Many families and groups visiting the valley pitch in and pound some nails for Habitat during their stay. By offering guests the opportunity to get involved in the local community, The Ritz-Carlton provides each guest a special connection to the Vail Valley and supports efforts to create affordable home ownership opportunities for hardworking families.

The Ritz-Carlton events that benefit Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties have become very popular among locals. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting event is a favorite among local kids and guest families, as well. For the past four years, cookie decorating and other fun holiday activities precede the main event that kicks off the holiday season. This year, a hauntingly successful “Haunted Hallows Eve” soiree raised several thousand dollars for Habitat, while providing a fun alternative for locals to celebrate Halloween.

Habitat for Humanity’s self-help building program is truly a total community effort. Without the support of organizations like The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, the whole “hand up” model would not work. But it does work. Habitat has built 31 homes in our community, housing 100 children and 31 additional families served in developing countries through our international program. This all occurs when a community comes together, including volunteer groups, discounted professional services, family participation, generous donors and event sponsors. Habitat for Humanity is thankful to all our supporters, including The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, for continuing to make this valley a great place to live, work and visit!

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