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Vail Daily letter: Kudos to Avon

On Sept. 22, I represented Red Ribbon Project, one of 25 nonprofit organizations to come before the Avon Town Council for financial support for 2016. I was very impressed with the thoughtful grant process that the town of Avon has implemented to ensure that funds are being used to positively impact the town. The community volunteers spent considerable time, and engaged in careful evaluation, to ensure that contributions from tax dollars are put to good use within their town.

This committee, after reading through grant applications, made thoughtful recommendations to the Town Council. Town Council members were genuinely supportive of the organizations presenting that evening, respectively asking questions and making suggestions. The range of requests and the type of organizations presenting was extensive, all of them demonstrating how they contribute to the quality of life for residents in the town of Avon.

The council was not only in support of the event requests that would bring in revenue, but they also were supportive of the social service organizations that provide critical services to this diverse Avon community. This clearly demonstrated that council members cared as much about the quality of life for those living in Avon as well as the amount of revenue an event would bring to the town and to local businesses. Twenty-three of the 25 received approval for financial support and in-kind support and the other two received in-kind support. The total granted (dependent on final town of Avon budget review) was $205,150. Kudos to the town of Avon. You are in many ways “The Heart of the Valley”.

Paula Palmateer

Red Ribbon Project board member