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Vail Valley Realtors will be easy to spot during highway cleanup

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyCynthia Kruse, left and Amy Van Goey of the Vail Board of Realtors model the blue shirts and hats a lot of local brokers will wear during this week's highway cleanup.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Be careful Saturday. The annual highway clean-up will put a lot of people on the sides of local roads. But look a little more closely and you’ll see a lot of people in blue T-shirts and hats.

The people in those hats and shirts are members of the Vail Board of Realtors. The local brokers’ group is participating in a Colorado Association of Realtors project called “Team Colorado Realtors.” That program provides hats and shirts to real estate agents participating in charity and community service events across the state.

The local Realtors’ group was looking for a way to get involved in the state organization’s efforts, and at a recent meeting, one of the members suggested the highway cleanup.

“We’re so fortunate the I-70 cleanup is so well known,” said Amy Van Goey, who’s coordinating this project for the Vail Board. “It beautifies the community, and puts people outside in a visible way.”

It also already draws strong participation from local real estate companies.

“This year, we want to participate as Realtors, not just as separate companies,” Vail Board of Realtors Chairwoman Cynthia Kruse said.

The point, Kruse said, is to show local residents that people in the real estate business participate in community projects.

“The community is not always aware of how much Realtors do locally,” she said. “This is a great way to be identified.”

It’s also a way to spread out the shirts.

“Most local real estate offices have their own teams,” Kruse said. And, with real estate companies all over the valley, this is a good way to get a lot of people in blue shirts out on Saturday.

“We want a sea of Realtor blue from one end of the valley to the other,” said Amy Van Goey.

But whether an agent is picking up trash with a company team or out with his or her kids’ soccer squad, Van Goey still wants to see that blue on display.

So far, there fewer than 100 shirts and hats have been given out, something both Van Goey and Kruse want to change.

“As long as you’re a Realtor, wear a shirt,” she said.

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