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Vail Resorts donates van to Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center

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Colorado Mountain Express and Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise program donate a Ford E350 van to Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center. Pictured, from left, are Tracy Walters, of CME; Matt Scherr and Julie Norberg, of Ute Springs; Jeff Kurtz, of CME; Rachel Solomon and Stephanie Braga, of Ute Springs; and John Dawsey, of CME.

EDWARDS — As part of Vail Resorts' Epic Promise program, Colorado Mountain Express has donated a Ford E350 van to Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center.

Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center's primary goal is to promote children's social-emotional wellness by helping them learn to build trusting connections and relationships, to improve their self-esteem and invest in their personal and social leadership skills. The organization does this through experiential education in the natural environment, where the curriculum is infused with the core values of compassion, adventure, relationships, integrity, nature and giving back.

"We've been pleased to support Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center through Epic Promise grant programs in recent years, and it made sense that we support the organization even further this year with the van donation," said John Dawsey, vice president and general manager of Colorado Mountain Express. "Ute Springs' work in Eagle County is well-aligned with the values of our company and the mission of Epic Promise, and CME is proud to be a part of building a stronger community through this donation."

Vail Resorts' philanthropic giving council determined the vehicle donation would be a valuable opportunity to support Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center's operations. The vehicle will be used to transport children to and from outdoor adventures throughout Eagle and neighboring counties, as well as various Colorado state parks.

"We are incredibly grateful to be the recipient of this year's van donation," said Julie Norberg, chief development and operations officer of Ute Springs. "Owning this van will significantly improve our ability to continue fostering social-emotional leadership skills in youth for years to come. We really appreciate CME's and Vail Resorts' commitment towards helping Eagle County nonprofits."

This is the sixth consecutive year CME and Vail Resorts have donated a van to a nonprofit organization in Eagle or Summit county. Vans have previously been donated to Eagle County's SOS Outreach and The Cycle Effect, as well as Summit County's Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Keystone Science School and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.

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Epic Promise is Vail Resorts' sustainability brand, which includes all the company's environmental and community-giving efforts. Through the brand, Vail Resorts contributes more than $8.6 million each year in cash and in-kind donations to critical nonprofits that carry out youth and environmental programs in the communities where the company operates.