Vail Valley business briefs, Feb. 18 |

Vail Valley business briefs, Feb. 18

Daily Staff Reports
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL ” First Descents, a local cancer charity organization, recently announced that Lauri Roach has been hired as the organization’s new executive director. She replaces longtime executive director Allan Goldberg, who succumbed to cancer he had fought for years, even as he helped create First Descents.

A 10-year veteran of one of the country’s leading experiential marketing and event companies, Roach brings leadership skills, marketing savvy and business development know-how to her new role.

“There is an urgent need to educate people about the growing young adult cancer population and to raise awareness of the resources these patients have to treat themselves,” said Roach. “I am honored that First Descents has chosen me to lead this amazing organization into the future.”

First Descents is a non-profit organization that provides whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventure experiences to promote emotional, psychological and physical healing for young adults with cancer. Founded in the summer of 2001 by professional kayaker Brad Ludden, the organization has grown from one camp in Vail to nine planned camps this summer in six different states. Ludden continues to be the driving force and inspiration behind the charity, donating much of his time to helping run day-to-day operations as well as instructing at camps each summer.

AVON ” Here’s a look at some coming Vail Valley Partnership events:

– Feb. 25, 8 ” 9:30 a.m.: Partner 101: Benefits Orientation, at the Vail Valley Partnership office in the Traer Creek Plaza, Avon

– March 18, 5 ” 7 p.m.: Business After Hours Mixer at the Marketplace on Meadow Drive, Vail Village.

EAGLE COUNTY ” The Colorado Workforce Center in Edwards, Colorado Mountain College, High Country Human Resource Association and Human Resources Plus are sponsoring a free workshop for employers about new state anti-discrimination laws and amendments to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The seminar is set for Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Beaver Creek Room at the Avon Public Library.

Experts including Francie McDonald of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Civil Rights Division will be on hand to answer employers’ questions about the new laws.

To reserve a spot, RSVP to the Edwards Workforce Center by Feb. 20. To learn more, call 970-926-4440 or e-mail

For more information about Human Resources Plus services, call 970-328-2860 or go to

EAGLE COUNTY ” EveryScape virtual tours provide eye-level, photographic content of the Vail Valley in an online tour.

The Vail Valley Partnership is encouraging members to review the tour, since updates can be made by clicking on the “link to this page” tab in the right corner of the tour. You can e-mail Chris Romer at with any updates to your listing. Please include the “link to this page” domain so your business location can be updated.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Prosper Studios has donated all the photography for the Vail Valley Partnership’s 2009 Success Awards Gala and the images are available to download.

If you were at the event, or just want to see what it was like to be there, go to, or call Mark Ridenour or Nevada Lee, 970-766-7777.

EAGLE COUNTY ” World Triathlon Corporation, owners of Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and Iron Girl recently unveiled IronKids, a triathlon series for youth ranging in age from six to 15 years.

The 2009 IronKids National Triathlon Series will make a stop in Avon Sept. 6. Other stops include San Diego, Tuscon, Ariz. and Raleigh, N.C.

The Vail Valley Partnership, with support from the Town of Avon, teamed up to land the local event.

For more information, call 970-476-1000.

EAGLE ” The local Relay for Life breast cancer awareness event is holding a cowboy-themed 2009 kickoff party Feb. 24 from from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.

Meet committee volunteers, sign up your team and get all the information you need to participate. The local Relay for Life event is July 24 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion and park. There will be a luminaria ceremony, silent auction, raffle, food, music, games and prizes for spirit, camp sites and top fundraisers.

Go to to register with a $75 donation, round up a herd of friends get started! More than 90 cents of every dollar raised for the American Cancer society goes directly to fund research, prevention and care!!

For more information, call Jean Bennett, 970-390-6524 or e-mail, or go to or

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