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Vail Daily column: Stretch your donation to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund

For the past 15 years, I’ve been involved with the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which provides assistance to locals who are in financial crisis because of medical issues. We are funded through donations from individuals and businesses, and this year the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is truly fortunate to be the local charity of choice of Vail Resorts Retail’s EpicPromise Holiday Fundraising Campaign.

If you’ve ever wondered whether organizations like the Vail Valley Charitable Fund make a difference, let me tell you: They do. Kelli Musselman, who received a grant from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund earlier this year, sent a note recently, saying, “Honestly, I was blown away by the love this fund gave me, regardless of never meeting me before. They truly care! And they truly want to help those of us who can’t move forward because of financial hardship. Because of their care for me, the monetary gift they gave me helped me to begin my healing process.”

As wonderful as it is to hear how the Vail Valley Charitable Fund has helped someone, it’s even more wonderful knowing that we are simply the conduit for locals helping locals. In thanking us, Kelli and other Vail Valley Charitable Fund grant recipients are actually thanking you for your generosity, kindness and compassion.

ACTS OF KINDNESS

I’m a big fan of random acts of kindness, but I love dedicated acts of kindness even more. And that’s what every silent auction purchase, every event attendance, every volunteer hour and every donation to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is — a conscious, dedicated act. So to everyone who has responded to our annual mailing; to those who have participated in the LG Tri, the Bec Tri, the Summer Solstice Trail Run and other Vail Valley Charitable Fund events; to the caring friends and families who have organized and attended fundraisers for people in need, we humbly say, “thank you.”

In closing, I’d like to give special recognition to Vail Resorts. As I mentioned, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is this year’s recipient of their retail operations’ EpicPromise Holiday Fundraising Campaign. If you’re looking for a way to stretch your donation, this is the perfect time to do it. Simply stop by any Vail Resorts-owned retail store in Vail or Beaver Creek and make a donation to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Vail Resorts Retail will match your donation of up to $100 by 50 percent. Thank you to all the retail staff who have been helping us with program!

On behalf of everyone at the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, and all of our past and future recipients, we wish our community the best for coming year.

Paul Witt is a Vail Valley Charitable Fund board member. To learn more about the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and how you can participate in the Vail Resorts EpicPromise Holiday Giving Campaign, visit http://www.vvcf.org.