Vail Valley Charitable Fund earns Partnership award |

Vail Valley Charitable Fund earns Partnership award

Michael KurzVail, CO, Colorado

My friend Maria de Simone, part of the Vail Valley Partnerships guest services team, is a very spiritual person. Shes teaching me about karma. Now, karma has some pretty esoteric definitions, but most of us use the word to roughly describe the spiritual force generated by a persons actions. Well, if organizations can have good karma, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund has enough of it to fill the Back Bowls.The Vail Valley Charitable Fund helps people who live and work in Eagle County who have overwhelming financial needs due to medical crises. Since its founding in 1996 the organization has helped 600 individuals and families in Eagle County, and has raised and dispersed more than $5 million. Perhaps many of you know those the charitable fund has helped. Its a wonderful group of volunteers and a small staff who, under the direction of Rohn Robbins, chairman of the board and Karen Simon, executive director persist in being kind, effective and a continuing source of solace and aid for individuals and families affected by the catastrophe of sudden and undeserved misfortune. For the second time in three years, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund has been named Non-Profit of the Year by the Vail Valley Partnership and will be the recipient of our 6th Annual Success Award in that category. The award was given after a team of five independent judges reviewed the nominations of more than 16 great organizations, this year including: The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Vail Symposium, Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, Eagle River Youth Coalition, The Youth Foundation, Vail Mountain School, BRAVO! Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail Board of Realtors, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Vail Valley Salvation Army, Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, SOS Outreach, Habitat for Humanity, Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shoppe, Gore Range Natural Science School and First Descents. The Vail Valley Charitable Fund was joined as a finalist by Vail Symposium and the Gore Range Natural Science School. The award will be presented at the Vail Valley Partnerships 6th Annual Success Awards Gala, to be held Feb. 6th at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. By virtue of its selection, the charitable fund will receive a share of the proceeds from the event. Be sure to mark your calendars. The partnership will also be honoring businesses in four additional categories at the gala. The finalists in those categories are: Small Business of the Year: Eagle-Vail Animal Hospital, Mountains & Meadows Weddings & Events and Columbine Bakery. Business of the Year: La Tour, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea and Evans Chaffee Construction Group. Green Business of the Year: The Antlers, The Resort Company and Natural Cleaners. Entrepreneur of the Year: Dr. Thomas Palic, Applied Kinesiology, Jennifer Law and Melissa McLoota, HR Link and Michele Evans, Evans Chaffee Construction Group.Please join us to celebrate their achievements, congratulate the winners and swing into 09 with the Hazel Miller Band. There will be a silent auction, great food (what else would expect from the Ritz-Carlton?) and lots of friends to party with. Tickets are $150 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. To reserve seats or a table, call Ruthie Carlson, events coordinator at 970-477-4002.Event update: Dec. 17: Vail Valley Partnership Annual Meeting, 3:30 4:30 p.m., at the partnership offices, Traer Creek Plaza, Avon. RSVP to Ruthie Carlson, events coordinator at 970-477-4002.Dec. 17: Business After Hours Mixer, 5 7 p.m., at Ruggs Benedict Carpet One Floor & Home in Avon. Free to Vail Valley Partnership members.Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership

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