Vail Daily letter: Wow, what a Hall of Fame event |

Vail Daily letter: Wow, what a Hall of Fame event

Susie Tjossem
Vail, CO, Colorado

I don’t have the final accounting but from all indications the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Gala was a resounding success! The gala is the culmination of 10 months of countless hours of work by many people who all deserve a big thank you.

The nomination committee started the annual process last January when they first met to discuss nominations for deserving individuals and then set out to get those individuals nominated. The committee and staff guided the nomination process, compiling and reviewing nomination letters and countless seconding letters.

In March the committee formally recommended 24 individuals to the ballot after reviewing over 50 potential candidates. With the help of Andy Franklin, they created a paperless election process through the museum Web site.

During the April election the committee and staff reached out to the voting panel of 125 to ensure they all voted. Nearly 115 votes were cast, the largest turnout ever. Thank you, Hall of Fame nomination committee members chaired by John McMurtry and including Bob Beattie, Diane Boyer, David Gorsuch, Marty Head, Eric Steinberg, Larry Zimmer, Andy Franklin and museum staff!

The Hall of Fame publicity was helped by the expertise of Seth Masia’s final editing; John Meyer’s wonderful article in the Denver Post; the Vail Daily, which ran a “Meet the Hall of Fame” series; and the Steamboat Pilot, Aspen Times and Mountaineer for running stories about the inductees and the event. Thank you Seth, John and our media partners.

Staff organized and scheduled interviews with nearly 60 individuals during the summer and fall and collected photos, memorabilia and film clips to be used in the tributes. eFF Productions did the interviews, filming and editing for the moving tributes. Thank you, eFF Productions team Hayden, Cheryl and Abe and museum staff!

The event invitation list was compiled by staff through their work with each inductee and their immediate family members. The combination of family lists, museum membership list, prospective members and ski industry personnel resulted over 2,200 names. The invitation included the opportunity for Hall of Fame admirers to place a tribute ad in the gala program.

Lynn Deutchman designed the beautiful invitation and Linda Cain, Gretchen Scott and staffed worked under a tight deadline to sell nearly $20,000 in tributes. Lynn Deutschman with the help of staff at Gran-Farnum printing coordinated the artwork and layout for the tributes and the program. Thank you and well done to Linda Cain, Gretchen Scott, Lynn Deutschman, Gran Farnum Printing and museum staff!

The theme-decoration for the event was based on the beautiful murals painted on the outside of the museum by Horst Essl and his partner Jean Richmond. Thank you, Horst and Jean!

This year’s inductees and their immediate family members work tirelessly to ensure huge attendance at the event. They understood that the event was not only a wonderful personal tribute to them but was also a major funding mechanism for the museum. Each personally followed up with many on their invitation list, which is one of the main reasons we had so many guests this year. Thank you Nieters family, Sabich friends, Scott family, Taylor family, Tschudi family and Werlin family!

Staff and volunteers collected 145 silent and live auction items with a retail value of over $59,000. Thank you Lynn Deutschman, Linda Cain, Julie White, Ann Eggers and museum staff!

Keeping track of the RSVPs, payments and seating requests for 650 people was a full-time endeavor. Thank you Leslie Maisonneuve, David Scott and museum staff!

Museum Curator Erica Lloyd worked with each inductee and their family members to put together the beautiful Hall of Fame tribute display. Thank you Erica!

Museum Development Director Cindy Clement worked hard to sell event sponsorships, tributes, corporate tables and auction items. Thank you Cindy!

Thank you to the 145 merchants who supported the event through their donation of valuable auction items.

Thank you!

To add some youthful energy to the event the coaches from the CU and DU ski teams arranged for their athletes to help welcome guests to the gala. Thank you, CU and DU coaches and athletes.

Thank you again to museum Chairman David Scott and event chairs Lynn Deutschman and Linda Cain, who worked together to chair the events and subcommittees that included the overall event including hotel arrangements, room layout, entertainment, decorations, meal, centerpieces and party favors. Thank you again, David, Lynn and Linda!

Julie White deserves credit for the “day of” execution. Julie coordinated a large group of volunteers and the development of the evenings script, registration-name tag station, and silent auction set up and checkout — a huge undertaking for 650 guests. Thank you Julie White and your volunteers!

You all, this was truly a team effort — just two short months before the process starts up once again!

Susie Tjossem

Executive Director

Colorado Ski and Snowboard

Museum and Hall of Fame

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