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Awards honor dedication to community

"Nonprofit Spotlight"Kay Vasilakis'

People help others in numerous ways every day, and make life just a little easier and sweeter for someone, or for many. Every year, the Garfield County Human Services Commission honors special citizens for their dedication to the many causes improving the county’s communities. These people are worthy of recognition and serve as motivators to Pay It Forward.Look in the following list to see if your special someone has been nominated, and plan to attend the 16th annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards Dinner, Monday, Feb. 7, at the Hotel Colorado. It’s always a nice support for nominees to have friends and family around when nominated for such a special award.This year’s nominees, from the Youth category, are: America Weisse, Terryn Weisse, Laura Krick, and a group of girls – Shauna McWilliams, Haley Carmer, Molly Jankovsky, and Ali Brown.In the staff category, nominees are: Carmen Vargas, William Hodges, Sandy Swanson, Maegean Smith, Debbie Wilde, Janet Early, Nancy Boyer, Jerilyn Nieslanik, Sue Benson, Paul Vandre, Rebecca Lyons, Mary Jane Hangs, and John Loschke.The senior category names Evelyn Metzger, Mildred Whitt, Peggy Wood, and Marshall and Ruth Chaffee.Jean Huyser, Mike Deer, Rose Burnett, Phil Long, Judy Fitzsimmons, Karolyn Spencer, Judy Gordon, Piedad (Piti) Tillman, and the New Castle Lions Club are the nominees in the Volunteer category.If you’ve never attended the Humanitarian Awards Dinner, you’re in for a warm, fuzzy night. Every nominee is honored for his or her individual efforts to provide help and hope. With so many dedicated people in the room, you can’t help but come away from the festivities resolved to do just a little more.Sponsors of the Humanitarian Awards Dinner are the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the Garfield County Human Services Commission, Garfield County, and the Aspen Valley Community Foundation.Please call in your reservations to Kate at 947-8462. Please specify if you require a vegetarian entree. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social time. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 6:30. The cost of the evening is $25/person, and all of it goes to the cost of the event. Nominees are guests of the Commission and their dinners are complimentary.This is not a fundraising event for the Garfield County Human Services Commission or any of its agencies. Kay Vasilakis’ column, “Nonprofit Spotlight”, appears every other Wednesday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308; or 945-8515, ext. 513, or kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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