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Vail Society: Fall colors blaze for Hike, Wine and Dine

Annah Scully
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Society: Lisa Pelchat, Janine Glennon and Beth Hensel.

There could not have been a more perfect fall morning in Colorado’s Vail Valley to kick off the first Hike, Wine and Dine event in Beaver Creek, which benefited Jack’s Place, a facility offering lodging for patients who are receiving treatment at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Participants met Saturday at the base of the Centennial Lift in Beaver Creek and were sent off on a four or six mile adventure through the glory of our valley’s fall colors. Smiling hikers enjoyed a golden carpet of aspen leaves, a cloudless blue sky and spectacular views of snow dusted peaks. Add warm temps with just a hint of crispness … I’m talking (say this next word like Joan Rivers) PERFECT!

“This is a great event for a good cause. We are so happy for the good weather,” said Kara McLaughlin.

Not only did the hike wow our socks off, but we were also treated to delectable morsels at five tasting stations along the way. Food was dished up by some of the valley’s best including The Osprey, Spago, Dusty Boot, Rimini, Grouse Mountain Grill and the Beaver Creek Chophouse

Paul and Michele Bolduc greeted guests with warm cider as they enjoyed sweet potato enchiladas from The Osprey. “This is our little way to help out a good cause,” Paul said.

At the Grouse Mountain Grill station, I felt very sorry for the bears that were spotted peering longingly at pastrami-cured wild salmon with roasted heirloom fingerling potatoes being devoured by human trekkers.

“I saw a bear up there but I just kept walking,” said PJ Walder. No “pic-a-nik basket” today, Yogi.

“The real reward is that we know we are supporting a great cause,” said Nancy Dowell. “Jack’s Place is vital to those undergoing cancer treatments.”

Doris Bailey described Jack’s place as” one of the greatest assets this valley has.” (This reporter tagged along with Doris and her pal, Ann Martin, because they shared a walking pole, which I thought might come in handy if Yogi decided to follow our fish breath.)

Brandon Mays, house manager of Jack’s Place said Jack’s Place relies solely on donations.

“Since March of 2007, Jack’s Place has surpassed 2,000 guest nights,” Mays said. “In real terms, we have saved patients over $200,000 in accommodation costs. Going through cancer is emotionally and financially difficult. Accommodations should be the least of their concerns.”

Organizer Sue Franciose was very grateful.

“We want to thank Beaver Creek Resort Company, The Shaw Outreach Team, and the restaurants. Thanks to all who supported us today.”

For more information about Jack’s Place, contact Brandon Mays at or call 970-569-7645.

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