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Vail society: Millennium Society hosts annual members event

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
Vail, CO Colorado
Kyle and James Deighan
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The Vail Valley downpour outside did nothing to squelch the mood of Millennium Society revelers. These people know how to have fun while doing good deeds. Their mission statement includes the idea that fun and philanthropy are not mutually exclusive.

Having just come from another event where we honored someone who has volunteered and contributed greatly to many charities in the Valley over 20 years, I was thrilled to be in the midst of a group that hopes to carry the torch and promote charities for the coming 20 years.

If you have not heard yet, here is how the Millennium Society sees themselves at a glance:

The Millennium Society is a likeminded group of (relatively) young Vail Valley professionals who banded together to socialize and fundraise for non-profits. We realize our days of skiing hard and partying harder are slowly fading, but we don’t think that means ski-town life as we know it is over. The Millennium Society is a way to keep having fun but at the same time increasingly give back to this great community.

We raise funds through membership dues and special events, which have included house parties, ski days, swanky mountain lunches, a girls night in of spa pampering, and our signature event, an annual fall concert at the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts.

We’ve given to the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation, the Youth Foundation, Literacy Project, Small Champions and the Bright Future Foundation.

Annual dues are $500 for founding members or $100 for members-at-large.

Above all, we are about having a good time while promoting philanthropic ideals among

Vail’s “generation next.”

“As we continue to grow our membership, we remain committed to giving local organizations that nurture youth and education, enhance quality of life, and promote sustainable communities,” said Kristin Kenney Williams, who founded Millennium Society with fellow resident, Jill Landman Alfond.

At last week’s event, the Millennium Society kicked off its fifth year by announcing a new giving partner, Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties. Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The Eagle and Lake County affiliate of Habitat is currently constructing homes at Fox Hollow in Edwards, CO. Members of Millennium Society will be on site July 24 for a build day.

“Partnering with Habitat for Humanity is a perfect representation of our membership values,” said Alfond.

The Millennum Society wants to thank Volvo for the raffle prizes and Aspen-Vail Ice Sculpture for the martini luge.