Pitkin County to honor volunteers
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – A selection of Roaring Fork Valley residents have been chosen to receive Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards for their volunteer work in the county.
Now in its 10th year, the award program honors individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement. Honorees are nominated by citizens; there are 10 different awards.
County commissioners will honor the winners at a special ceremony during their regular, televised meeting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22, following a reception at 11 a.m. The meeting will be televised live on CGTV Channel 11 and the public is welcome. Commissioners meet in the courthouse annex building in Aspen.
The honorees are:
Greg Mace Award – Rev. Gregg Anderson, for his life-long commitment to helping initiate many of the community’s most enduring and impactful programs for young and old.
Children/Youth Award – Bill Simon, for his longtime contribution to the Aspen Buddy Program as a Big Buddy and his work recruiting buddies and raising money for the nonprofit.
Seniors Award – Joe Meyers, for delivering meals to the homebound in Aspen for the Pitkin County Senior Center and his involvement with Feed My Sheep, English in Aspen and the Aspen Historical Society.
Health Award – Barbara Collins, for her commitment to Hospice and Home Care of the Valley as volunteer coordinator and office worker.
Community Pride Award – Mimi Teschner, for her service on numerous community boards, her passion for the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the animals and staff at the Aspen Animal Shelter.
Education Award – Eva Shurman, for her work as a tutor for the English in Action Program, meeting with students one-on-one every week.
Good Samaritan Award – Ralph and Marian Melville, for their many years of volunteerism at local churches, the jail and the hospital, and for welcoming “wayward” children into their home over the years.
Environment Award – Jim Markalunas, for his decades recording local weather data, his passion for hydroelectric power and light rail, and for taking care of the Aspen Grove Cemetery for decades.
Rising Stars Award – “Be Heard!” cast and crew, for their youthful enthusiasm in making “media that matters” about causes of interest to teenagers and for helping local nonprofits tell their stories.
Exceptional One-Time Event Award – Schmueser Gordon Meyer engineering firm, for voluntarily designing and building a new bridge on the four-wheel-drive road to Pearl Pass connecting, Aspen with Crested Butte.
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