(Aspen, CO) Ten outstanding Roaring Fork Valley Residents are being honored for their volunteer work in Pitkin County. They were nominated by citizens to receive the Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. Now in its 10th year, the goal of the county’s volunteer award program is to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement.
There are ten award categories including: Greg Mace Award in memory of the late, lifelong volunteer Greg Mace, Children and Youth, Seniors, Health, Community Pride, Education, Good Samaritan, Environment, Rising Stars and Exceptional One-Time Events.
Greg Mace Award: The Reverend Gregg Anderson
For his life-long commitment to helping initiate many of our community’s most enduring and impactful programs for young and old.
Children/Youth Award: Bill Simon
For his long-time contribution to the Aspen Buddy Program as a Big Buddy and his work recruiting buddies and raising money for this valuable local non-profit.
Seniors Award: Joe Myers
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 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 hydro-electric 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 making “media that matters” about causes of interest to teenagers and for helping local non-profits tell their stories.
Exceptional “One Time” Event Award: Schmueser Gordon Meyer Engineering Firm
For voluntarily designing and building a new bridge on the jeep road to Pearl Pass connecting Aspen with Crested Butte.
Further details about these committed volunteers is available online at www.aspenpitkin.com
Pitkin County Commissioners will honor the winners at a special ceremony during their regular, televised meeting on Wednesday, September 22nd with a reception at 11am and formal presentation at noon in their meeting room at 530 East Main Street, ground floor. The meeting will be televised live on CGTV Channel 11 and the public is invited to attend. Call 920-5204 for more information.