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February 5, 2008 — East West Partners, locally based but now recognized as one of the premier resort developers in the nation, was honored as the Business of the Year at the Vail Valley Partnership’s annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Jan. 25.
The swank Beaver Creek hotel wowed a capacity crowd with a beautifully decorated ballroom for this year’s “Fire & Ice” theme and food influenced by the critically acclaimed and recently opened Spago restaurant.
A Colorado favorite, the Hazel Miller Band, provided the soundtrack for an evening of dancing after a live auction and the 2007 version of the hotly anticipated Vail Valley Success Awards, handed out every year by the valley-wide chamber and tourism organization.
By Mike Gregory
Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Wickliffe Fenet worked the crowd with friendly competition between tables, raising nearly $20,000 for the VVP. Bringing in the high mark of $6,400 for one lot, the Aloha Hawaii trip to The Ritz-Carlton Maui was chased by a slew of bidders. Other travel packages included RockResorts’ Six Mountain Getaway and an art-themed trip to the Kessler Collection’s mansion in Georgia, which is affiliated with the Beaver Creek Lodge.
The Vail Valley Success Awards 2007 were the highlight of the night and concluded with the official champagne toast. Following is a list of the finalists and respective winners in six categories.
NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR - exemplifies the highest level of excellence in the pursuit of its mission, enhancing the community's overall quality of life.
Finalists: First Descents, Gore Range Natural Science School and Vail Valley Cares
Winner: First Descents
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - a business with 10 or less employees that demonstrates ethical business practices, professionalism, strong community involvement.
Finalists: Integrity Mortgage of the Rockies, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea and Verbatim Booksellers
Winner: Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea
GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - an organization whose mission includes and operates utilizing environmentally sound business practices.
Finalists: Antlers at Vail, Green Limousine and Traer Creek Plaza
Winner: Green Limousine
MARKETING CAMPAIGN - a local and/or regional campaign that is original, focused, demonstrates effective use of media, achieves its desired goals.
Finalists: Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, VailPM.com and the Vail Recreation District
Winner: Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR - an individual who is primarily responsible for the recent outstanding performance of his/her business.
Finalists: Anita Denboske (Active Communications), Phoebe Amidon (Simply Massage) and Joe Tomasic (All Mountain Transportation)
Winner: Phoebe Amidon
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - a business with more than 10 employees that demonstrates ethical business practices, professionalism, strong community involvement.
Finalists: The Back Bowl, East West Partners and George Shaeffer Construction Company
Winner: East West Partners
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