Nominations sought for Greg Mace Award |

Nominations sought for Greg Mace Award

Aspen Times Staff Report

Area nonprofit organizations will soon be receiving their 1998 nomination forms for the Greg Mace Award for Outstanding Community Volunteers.

Established in 1986, the award is named after the late Greg Mace, a longtime resident of the Castle Creek Valley area and a dedicated volunteer in service to the idea of making the Elk Mountains a safer and more enjoyable place to live, work and play.

Mace died in July 1986, at the age of 42, while climbing on the Maroon Bells with a group of equally experienced climbers. The climbers were on training maneuvers for the Mountain Rescue-Aspen organization, in which Mace served for 15 years. His tenure included stints as director, president, rescue leader and “state mission coordinator.”

Besides his work with Mountain Rescue, Mace was part-owner of the Ashcroft Ski Touring and Pine Creek Cookhouse operation in upper Castle Creek, and a member in the Aspen-Snowmass Nordic Council.

His death profoundly affected the entire community of the upper Roaring Fork Valley, and prompted the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners to successfully pursue the naming of a peak in Mace’s honor.

The award, created in the same year that Mace died, is meant to honor those who exhibit the qualities of outstanding volunteerism: dedication to a nonprofit organization, commitment to improving the community, respected leadership abilities, and offering a role model for healthy lifestyles.

Past recipients of the Greg Mace Award have included Fred Braun and Louiva Stapleton (1986); Fritz Benedict (1987); Budge Bingham (1988); Eve Homeyer (1989); Sue Smedstad (1990); Jim Ward (1991); Ruth Whyte (1992); Claire Sandersen (1993); Lynne Wille (1994); Les Anderson (1995); Rick Dean (1996); and Sigrid Braun Stapleton and David E. Stapleton (1997).

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 1998 award is April 15.

Anyone with questions about the awards process can call Lynn Mace at 925-7435.

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