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Volunteers toasted at Black Diamond Ball

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeKathy Borgen, Donna Giordano and Susan Frampton.

The Vail Valley Foundation always finds time during the world-famous Birds of Prey World Cup Race to host an elegant party ” The Black Diamond Ball.

This year, the planners of the event transformed the tennis courts at The Vail Cascade Club into black and sapphire blue, with walls draped in velvet, seating on different levels and a giant diamond suspended from the ceiling. As always, the event didn’t fail to impress with the creativity and professionalism that emanates from the decor, auction, entertainment and food.

Two awards were given, the first to Erik and Kathy Borgen, who received the “Citizens of the Year” award for their philanthropic generosity.

The Borgens are involved in the area of education, including funding the Vail Valley Foundation’s college scholarship program, supporting early learning programs through the Success at Six initiative and the Gore Range Natural Science School. They aren’t just generous, they are also a heck of a lot of fun, and, if the Borgens are around, there’s always a party sure to follow.

Susan Frampton received the Ernie Bender Award for Volunteer of the Year. There’s no job too big or to small for Susan to tackle; she’s just as likely to be found chairing a large event as she sitting with a child helping them learn to read. She’s been involved with the Vail Mountain School, the Family Learning Center, The Resource Center and Vail Art in Public Places. She’s also been a volunteer at Red Sandstone Elementary for 10 years.

When receiving her award, she was quick to transfer the spotlight from herself onto others, as she reminded the audience of the contributions of her good friend, Barbara Treat, who received the same award in 2002.

“I was flabbergasted at being honored for the things I love to do,” she said. “I am amazed with the creativity that comes out of the Vail Valley Foundation staff, in their energy and the way they contribute back to the valley. We’re very lucky.”

No surprise that, instead of receiving the watch usually bestowed upon the honoree, Ceil Folz, the Foundation’s president, handed her a check for $1,000 ” made out to the Resource Center.

“Thank you!” she exclaimed. “We can use this so much!”

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