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Pitkin County volunteers recognized

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThe county commissioners honored 10 volunteers with Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards on Wednesday. From left are: Jay Parker, Alex Gooding, Charlie Eckart, Barbara

ASPEN – Ten Roaring Fork Valley residents were honored this week for their volunteer work in Pitkin County.

They were nominated by citizens to receive the Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. In its ninth year, the award program aims to honor individuals and groups in Pitkin County for their service, leadership and civic involvement.

Here’s a look at the 2009 honorees:

Greg Mace Award: Barbara Bakios-Wickes – For her work with the Christmas Wish foundation, which she started in Aspen 25 years ago and which has helped more than 6,000 local individuals and families in need.

Children/Youth: Jeff Gorsuch – For his free ski equipment program that benefits the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s scholarship students and his work on the AVSC board.

Senior Citizens: Seth Sachson – For his participation on the Senior Council and befriending many senior citizens in Aspen.

Health: DeDe Brinkman – For her involvement with Valley Angels, helping cancer patients with everything from delivered meals to companionship.

Community Pride: Jay Parker – For his dedication as a volunteer firefighter, helping veterans during the Winter Sports Clinic, contributing his cannon at local football games and for the big “bang” in the morning every Fourth of July.

Education: Jeff White – For his mentorship to youth through the Aspen Buddy Program and spending his free time from being a third-grade teacher with young people.

Good Samaritan: Scott Gilbert – For his work with Habitat for Humanity building homes for needy families in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Environment: Charlie Eckart – For his work with the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, building and repairing trails in the Roaring Fork Valley, and his participation on the city of Aspen Open Space Board.

Rising Star: Zach Beerboom – For volunteering at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies after school.

Exceptional One Time Event: Alex Gooding – For his heroic rescue of a woman who had been thrown out of a raft in Slaughterhouse Rapids.

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