Greg Mace Award: And the winner is…
Tomorrow is “Volunteer Sunday.”The scoop is that one Sunday each summer, the Aspen Music Festival & School invites volunteers from up and down the valley to come to a dress rehearsal at the Benedict Music Tent – a show of appreciation for all their hard work. Volunteer Sunday has been sponsored by the Music Festival for as long as anyone can remember.This Sunday is also the 20th anniversary of the Greg Mace Award. Greg, of course, grew up in the valley, the brother of Toklat Gallery matron Lynne Mace and son of environmentalist Stuart Mace. Greg died in a tragic 1986 accident while training with his fellow volunteers at Mountain Rescue.The award was created to honor Greg, who was someone who exemplified those characteristics that are great about dedicated volunteers. The Greg Mace Award is given to a local volunteer who, according to Lynne Mace, exemplifies qualities of an outstanding volunteer. Such qualities include selfless dedication to a nonprofit, commitment to improving the community, respected leadership abilities and being a positive role model for a healthy lifestyle. Greg had all those, and so have the winners of the award in past years. They include Fritz Benedict, Louiva Stapleton and Fred Braun, Rick Deane, Claire Sandersen and Dottie Fox, among others.So on Sunday, volunteers will show up at the music tent at 9:30 to see a dress rehearsal of that afternoon’s concert, then they’ll adjourn to the nearby hospitality tent for the Volunteer Picnic, reinstated this year after several years in limbo thanks to a $3,000 donation from the Aspen branch of Community Banks of Colorado. The picnic is for volunteers only – it’s not an open community event. This year’s Greg Mace Award will be given during the picnic. And the winner is … (read about it in Monday’s Aspen Times).
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