Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support |

Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

With special appreciation and gratitude The Sherpa Foundation says thank you to all of our community residents who attended Vail Valley Connects Nepal, our first fundraiser, on May 22 at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. We were overwhelmed by your generosity, your compassion and your interest in helping villages in rural Nepal. We hope that you gained a better understanding of the culture of Nepal and the current living conditions where entire mountain villages are living under makeshift tarps.

The Vail Valley is home to many families who hail from the Himalayan region of Nepal, many whom were volunteers at the event. The cultural differences are many, yet the same. It is village to village and mountain community to mountain community. The Sherpa Foundation will assist in rebuilding homes in this region where 99 percent of the homes were destroyed by two major earthquakes this spring. These are villages that have received no aid from the international relief agencies.

We give thanks to the many Sherpa community volunteers who prepared the delicious Nepalese dinner, enjoyed by all attendees. We thank Yanji Sherpa, Nima Sherpa, Chiring Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Ngimi Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa, Sapana Tamang, Elisa Rossetto, Chris and Alex Spaeth, Loren Dumont, Kathy Svoboda, Pam Thorn and Raj Manickham.

We thank the Eagle-Vail Metro District for donating the use of the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and the Willow Creek Par 3 golf course. We thank Lhakpa Dorji Sherpa, senior Sherpa of the Vail Valley, for opening our event with a traditional butter lamp ceremony. We thank Lift FM and the Vail Daily for the media coverage for the event. Mr. Ashik Ranpal, of Boulder, for all website designs and contents uploads on timely manner.

We thank Woody Woodruff for sharing his recent experience at Everest Base Camp; we are thankful that he is with us today.

We managed to set up The Sherpa Foundation and host our first fundraiser in a short two weeks and this could not have been a success without our wonderful caring community we call home. We have been so appreciative of the tremendous community support, and we again thank you for your support in this time of need for the country of Nepal. It will be the efforts of many grassroots organizations that will rebuild rural Nepal.

All of the above progress would have been impossible without the days and hours of hard works and years of past successful experiences from dedicated board members, especially Joann Levy and Dana Dunbar.

If you would like to find out additional information regarding The Sherpa Foundation or our future activities this summer, please call Pemba Sherpa at 970-390-5566 or visit our website,

Thank you everyone for your kindness and consideration,

Pemba Sherpa

The Sherpa Foundation

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