Pitkin County Cares Award Created in Memory of Helen Klanderud


A community service award has been established in memory of the late Helen Klanderud. The Helen Klanderud award will be included among the top categories in the annual Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Award recognition program. The Klanderud Award joins the Greg Mace Award created in memory of longtime Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteer, Greg Mace.


The Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards were established in 1999 to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement.


Klanderud was probably best known as Aspen’s three-term mayor in the early 2000s. She also served as a two-term Pitkin County Commissioner in the 1980s. Through the years, Klanderud volunteered on numerous boards and commissions including the Aspen Chamber Resort Association’s board of directors.


“Helen had a knack for bringing government, nonprofit agencies and business together for the betterment of the entire community.  Way too often each of these entities work in silo’s and Helen found synergies others overlooked.” said ACRA President and CEO, Debbie Braun.


In addition to the Klanderud and Greg Mace overall award categories, Pitkin County Cares award recipients are chosen for their service in sub-categories including Children/youth, Seniors, Community Pride, Education, Environment, Rising Star (18 years and younger) and Exceptional One-Time Events.


Nominations for 2014 Pitkin County Cares Awards will be accepted beginning in June 2014.

Applications are available now by contacting Pat Bingham 920-5204 or patb@co.pitkin.co.us. Recipients will be announced in the fall of 2014 and honored at a ceremony with the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners.


Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013