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July 20, 2009 — The Vail Valley Foundation is once again soliciting nominations from the community for candidates for the nonprofit organization’s annual Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award.
All nominations are due to the Foundation by August 31 and the award will be presented at the annual Black Diamond Ball, Dec. 4, during the Birds of Prey World Cup Week festivities.
A combination of two previously existing awards, dating back to 1981,the Vail Citizen of the Year honors individuals that have truly made a difference in the community through their leadership and good will.
Initially a responsibility of a committee comprised of Vail Valley Foundation board members, nominations were first opened to the community for the 2008 award.
“The Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award is a very prestigious award,” explained Foundation president Ceil Folz, “and it has been presented to a group of people that have truly had a profound impact on our community.
Since it is an award that was created to honor prominent citizens, we felt compelled to open up the nomination process to the citizens of our valley in an effort to let the Vail Valley put forth people that they feel had the greatest impact on their lives over the past year.”
Nominations for the Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award must come from full time residents of Eagle County and may be submitted via fax or email to the Vail Valley Foundation at (970) 949-9265 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received by Aug. 31.
The nomination criteria for the Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award include four qualifications. The individual or individuals must have contributed their time and effort to support and enhance the community programs of the Vail Valley.
They must have demonstrated leadership, good will, passion and a tremendous desire to improve the community. They must have significantly contributed to the heritage of the Vail Valley and its future. And finally, they must have been a resident of Eagle County for at least four years.
Nominations must include the name and address of the person nominating, the name and address of the nominee, no less than one paragraph and no more than one page describing why the nominee should be selected as Citizen of the Year and why the nominee stands above others in the community in their service and leadership.
Nominations should also include efforts that the nominee has led or key roles played within the valley that benefits the entire community.
Following the close of the nomination process, the Vail Valley Foundation selection committee will make their decision with the winner announced by the beginning of October.
Past recipients of the Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award include former President Gerald R. Ford (1996), Pepi Gramshammer (1997), Pete Seibert (1998), Dr. Richard Steadman (1999), Gilbert Giordano (2000), Judy Alexander (2001), Gerald Gallegos (2002), Howard and Cathy Stone (2003), Oscar Tang (2004), Diana Donovan (2005), R.A. “Chupa” Nelson (2006), Erik and Kathy Borgen (2007) and Dr. Jack Eck (2008).
The Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Foundation, call (970) 949-1999 or visit www.vvf.org.
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