Vail Resorts announces 52 local grant recipients |

Vail Resorts announces 52 local grant recipients

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

BROOMFIELD, Colorado – Vail Resorts Echo, the company’s corporate sustainability department, has announced support of 52 Eagle County nonprofit organizations through its 2011-12 grant cycle. The partnering agencies exemplify VR Echo’s spirit, creating a bright future for local kids and Eagle County through education, environmental protection and critical community needs. Each year, VR Echo contributes more than $6 million in cash grants and in-kind donations to its resort communities across Colorado and California.

One local organization supported by Vail Resorts Echo is Food Rescue Express, which supplies children in need with backpacks full of food each Thursday night.

“Our No. 1 priority is making sure Eagle County kids have food over the weekend,” Managing Director Toni Berns said. “Since September 2011, we have provided 648 youth the equivalent of almost 4,000 meals. This spring, we expect to serve upwards of 77 children per week.”

In its third year, Berns believes the backpack program is a resource many Eagle County residents don’t know about.

“We’re here and always taking care of Eagle County kids, feeding them food they otherwise might not have,” she said.

• Battle Mountain High School.

• Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

• Bright Future Foundation.

• Buddy Werner League Vail-Beaver Creek.

• CASA of the Continental Divide.

• Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.

• Children’s Garden of Learning.

• Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

• Colorado Ski Museum.

• Ducks Unlimited.

• Eagle County Charter Academy.

• Eagle County School District.

• Eagle County Smiles.

• Eagle County Special Olympics.

• Eagle River Watershed Council.

• Eagle River Youth Coalition.

• Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

• Eagle Valley Land Trust.

• Family Learning Center.

• First Descents.

• Food Rescue Express.

• Full Circle of Lake County.

• Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties.

• Project Victory.

• Public Education Foundation.

• Red Canyon High School.

• Sawatch Summit.

• Second Wind Fund.

• Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

• Small Champions of Colorado.

• SOS Outreach.

• St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School.

• Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation.

• Stone Creek Elementary School.

• Vail Academy.

• Vail Child Care Center.

• Vail Christian High School.

• Vail Eagle Hockey Association.

• Vail Jazz Foundation.

• Vail Mountain Rescue.

• Vail Mountain School.

• Vail Performing Arts Academy.

• Vail Symposium.

• Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

• Vail Valley Foundation.

• Vail Valley Medical Center.

• Vail Valley Salvation Army.

• Vail Valley Soccer Club.

• Vail Veterans Foundation.

• Walking Mountains.

• Wild West Day 2012.

• The Youth Foundation.

In addition to its VR Echo’s cash grant and in-kind support, the company’s Specialty Sports Ventures 14th annual Adopt-a-Cause campaign is heading towards a record-breaking year. Since late November, 165 Specialty Sports Ventures sporting goods stores across Colorado, California, Utah and Nevada have collected $108,843 in donations from holiday shoppers, which will bolster the efforts of 18 nonprofit organizations. The current amount raised marks an impressive 24.5 percent increase over the 2010 numbers at this same time. Contributions from Eagle County’s Vail and Beaver Creek Sports stores will benefit Small Champions of Colorado.

Vail Resorts Echo is matching an extra 50 cents for every dollar contributed by shoppers, up to $100 donated by individual customers. Adopt-a-Cause continues through Jan. 8.

Aimed at both protecting the environment and building stronger communities, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts – environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community volunteer engagement. For more information on VR Echo, please visit

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