Vail Daily’s View: Giving makes Vail Valley richer
Vail, CO, Colorado
Last week it was the Salvation Army’s Empty Bowl luncheon, which, by the way, raised $9,000. That’s enough for a fair amount of food that will go to people in need.
This week it was the Vail Valley Cares luncheon to celebrate being able to donate more than $211,000 to various local community-service groups to continue their fine work.
And let’s not forget the 45th annual Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale in Minturn the second and third weekend of August that raises about a quarter of a million dollars for the community each year.
This is not to overlook the myriad other philanthropic efforts this time of year, including the kickball tournament, home building and the local celebrity dance gala, all designed to help the community cause.
These efforts, ranging from humble to glamorous as can be, come from more than 100 of those 1,000 points of light the first President Bush liked to talk about.
Some may scoff at all this earnestness, but real people are helped in profound ways in this valley. What may be dismissed as so much philanthropic partying (or golfing or both) does make a difference for real people.
And you can bet people whose kid won a college scholarship or got a little well-timed help with medical bills or helped build their own house get it.
This simply is what helps make our community so rich.
We’re not perfect, certainly. We have big, big issues in this county whose collective wealth rivals Third World countries, even now.
But there’s also a richness in spirit among enough of us to make the valley a better place to live – for those thoughtful and energetic enough to give as well as those who can really use the help.
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