SNOWMASS VILLAGE -Soon the Snowmass Village Mall will be awash in curious wine enthusiasts from all over the state and wine merchants representing delectable wines from all over the world. Fall is harvest time, when the grapes finally start the journey that will eventually beget their long-awaited promise - spectacular wines that will suit any pleasure and palate. It is a fitting metaphor that harvest time is also when the Snowmass Rotary Club presents its grant money to deserving local nonprofits. The seeds are the effort that our volunteers put into the Wine Festival. The harvest is the money donated by our sponsors, the wine and food donated by our vintners and restaurants, and wine festival and wine dinner ticket sales. The final reward is the grant that will ultimately help needy and deserving individuals in our valley, and in faraway lands. The Snowmass Rotary Club is proud to partner with the following local nonprofits, which are the recipients of this year's Snowmass Rotary grants:• The Aspen Youth Center, which provides a safe and supportive facility for youth to connect, learn and grow and provides kids with a place to go during the times when they are most vulnerable to getting in trouble, getting injured or engaging in risky behaviors.• Homecare & Hospice of the Valley, which provides for quality, compassionate care for people facing life-limiting and/or short-term illnesses.• The Little Red School House, Snowmass' only early childhood learning center, which focuses on all areas of each child's development - social, emotional, physical and cognitive. • Challenge Aspen, which impacts lives by presenting meaningful recreational, educational and cultural experiences to individuals faced with cognitive or physical challenges, while encouraging family and friends to participate in those experiences.Congratulations to these organizations for all their dedication and hard work in helping individuals and families in need. We look upon them as part of our Rotary family, and as partners in charity. Cynthia Berecek is the president of Snowmass Village Rotary Club and writes frequently for the Snowmass Sun.
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