Vail Daily column: Community helps make valley great |

Vail Daily column: Community helps make valley great

It is such a great feeling when something you have worked so hard on actually comes together, not always perfectly, but beautifully despite obstacles of time and weather, and that is exactly what happened last week at the Businesses, Bogeys and Bragging Rights Tournament. This was a first-time effort by the Vail Chamber and Business Association and the Vail Recreation District to provide a fun end-of-season community event and raise some money for the VRD’s Tom Slaughter Jr. Memorial Grant. This grant provides financial assistance to local area youth to attend and participate in VRD’s many great programming opportunities, such as summer camps, sports teams and after school programs.

Fabulous Diverse Group

Many different stakeholders came out to support the event from Vail business owners, town of Vail employees and council members, to second homeowners and even some guests who were visiting our beautiful town to see the fall foliage and take advantage of Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week. It was a fabulous and diverse group of people who showed up, despite the more than a dusting of snow we received the night before, to play on a beautiful crisp fall day. Lots of smiles, no bogeys and good times were had by all. What was most notable, however, were the stories of Tom Slaughter, who lived here 20 years ago and whose family set up the grant after he passed away. These stories led way to more reminiscing of “how things used to be in Vail” but also included many conversations regarding how many great things are happening in Vail today. The synergy between the town, Vail Resorts, community chamber and business owners is something we should all be proud of. I have only been in my official position for a little over a year, and it has been an extremely busy and positive one — one that has been full of challenges, hiccups, small triumphs but most importantly amazing people from this community that I have had the pleasure to meet and get to know better.

Take A Moment

This might sound silly to some, and definitely a little sappy, but how could you not take a moment to stop, breathe and really take in all that is around you on a day where the trees are at their peak, the Gore Range is blanketed in new snow, and you are surrounded by great people who want to make a difference. It helps to validate why many of us have chosen to live and work here. It is a wonderful place to work, start a business and of course, play! This community is supportive — we might not always agree, but we do have common threads and I encourage all of us to find those threads. They are not as hard to find as you would think. They can even be found on the golf course. In Vail, the guest reigns supreme, and we do a great job making sure they experience the best customer service so they can create memories that will bring them back year after year. But just as important as that is the community that quietly exists day-to-day, year after year. This is what I witnessed last week, and I want to give a true and heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in one way or another. You know who you are. I can’t wait for next year!

Alison Wadey is the executive director of the Vail Chamber and Business Association. To learn more about how the VBCA can help your Vail business, contact them at 970-477-0075 or

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