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Vail Valley: Motorcycle club adjusts to the times

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyVail Valley spotlight: First-grader Josh Marion accepts his new backpack donated by the Cordillera Motorcycle Association at Edwards Elementary School last year. The group donates backpacks and school supplies to first-graders at local schools with children in need each year.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Times might be tough, but the Cordillera Motorcycle Foundation won’t let that affect local children in need.

The foundation, the charitable arm of the Cordillera Motorcycle Association, has changed things around this year because of the economy, but members are sure that local kids will get what they need.

The foundation used to give money to other local charities in the form of grants, and those charities would then distribute the money to local children and families.

Last year the foundation started working directly with local schools – it provided backpacks full of school supplies to every first-grader at both Avon and Edwards elementary schools last year, and this year it will do the same for June Creek and Avon elementary schools, while also providing a free daily breakfast for students at Edwards Elementary.

The foundation gives to every student, so the students in need aren’t picked out of the crowd and embarrassed.

“It’s tough being a first-grader,” said Greg Allen, a founding board member of the group.

The foundation raises its money at its annual Rider Cup golf tournament and auction in August. The event is on for this year, but organizers decided to lower the ticket prices and get rid of the silent auction, Allen said.

Cordillera sponsors and hosts the golf tournament and the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch sponsors the dinner, dancing, auction and show. The foundation won’t make as much off of tickets this year – its charging just enough to cover costs – but Allen and board member Mark Truitt said it shouldn’t matter too much.

“There’s no probability that we won’t be able to fulfill the expectations,” Truitt said.

The Cordillera Motorcycle Association’s 160 members give $200 to the foundation each year, if they want to, and $100 to the association for dues. That money covers the overhead costs, leaving almost 100 percent of the Rider Cup proceeds for charitable giving.

“We’ll still make what we need, and if not, we’ll pay it,” Allen said.

The members decided not to ask for auction items like free dinners at local restaurants because everyone has taken a hit from the economy this year, Truitt said.

“We don’t want to put the pressure on the merchants this year – they need the money,” he said.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

The Rider Cup is the Cordillera Motorcycle Association’s annual fundraiser that pays for school supplies for local elementary school students. The event, which features a golf tournament and a dinner show and auction at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, is Aug. 6-8. For more information, visit

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