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Vail Resorts matching funds for Vail Valley Charitable Fund

Michelle Maloney's family received a grant from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund as her husband was fighting thyroid cancer. Maloney is now the executive director of the group, which will benefit from matching funds at Vail Resorts Retail stores.
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Vail Valley Charitable Fund and Vail Resorts — a very natural combination for me.

I have the privilege of working with both the Vail Valley Charitable Fund as the executive director and as a product sales and service supervisor for Beaver Creek Adult Ski School for Vail Resorts.

My affiliation with the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is far more than a job. Eight years ago, my husband, Brian, was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer. We had full-time jobs with great health insurance. The diagnosis resulted in two surgeries and two radioactive iodine treatments, which meant a significant amount of time off work for both of us. We found ourselves in a very tight financial situation and applied for a grant from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. We were awarded a grant and dear friends at Vail Resorts hosted a fundraiser for us. This was the most humbling time of our life, but something that allowed us to change our focus from financial stress to healing.

EpicPromise Program

Each year, Vail Resorts Retail chooses a local nonprofit to support. We are extremely grateful the Vail Valley Charitable Fund was chosen for 2014. The fundraising began Nov. 28. You may make a donation of up to $100 in a single transaction and that amount will be matched at 50 percent by the EpicPromise program, which is committed to giving back to our community.

With more than 45 retail stores within Eagle County, donating is very easy. This is a great way to support an extremely worthwhile organization and make your hard earned dollars go further.

Your donation goes to help local families that have been financially impacted by a medical emergency. The Vail Valley Charitable Fund offers one-time grants up to $5,000 to qualified applicants to reduce their financial worry.

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund was created in 1996 when a young wife and mother was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Friends wanted to help her husband focus on quality family time, not on the financial burdens. Since then, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund has donated over $7 million, helping over 1,300 families.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical crisis, please go to our website at http://www.vvcf.org to fill out an application. Our volunteer board meets once a month to review and award grants.

Brian and I want to thank the Vail Valley Charitable Fund for making such a huge difference in our lives and the lives of our children. We are blessed to live in an amazing community that truly cares and serves one another. I invite you this holiday season to be a part of helping local families that find themselves in a very difficult place, due to no action of their own.

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is excited to partner with our community and Vail Resorts Retail for this amazing fundraising opportunity.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Michelle Maloney is the executive director for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Visit, http://www.vvcf.org for more information about the organization.