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Honoring local humanitarians for their great services

When the word “humanitarian” is mentioned, what or who comes to mind? Do you know of someone who deserves to be recognized for his/her unselfish deeds? Well, now is the time to do something about it.The Garfield County Humanitarian Awards committee is looking for nominations for the 17th annual Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at The Hotel Colorado. Nomination forms will be published several times in the Post Independent, or you can contact me at the numbers below, and I’ll arrange to get you a nomination form.Nominations should include as much information as you can about the nominee’s community involvement. Nominations are for individuals only; no organization or agency nominations, please. Send the completed nomination form to the Post Independent. The deadline to get your completed nomination forms in is Jan. 6.Many people will be affected by your nomination and the intensity of the nomination itself. Nominees receive long-overdue appreciation, and the people who live and work with these quality human beings are even more impressed by their generosity. And hopefully, this great impression will lead to even more philanthropic behavior.The festivities start out with a social time and dinner prepared by the Hotel Colorado cooks, followed by the awards presentations. The theme for this year’s event is “One in a Million.”This year, dinners must be paid for by Feb. 2. Please indicate whether you prefer a vegetarian entree. Seating is limited. Dinners are $25, and everyone attending must pay for their meals, except the nominees. Make checks out to the Post Independent, and send them to Post Independent, 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Credit card payment may also be made to the Post Independent; call 945-8515.This event is co-sponsored by the Post Independent, Garfield County and The Aspen Valley Community Foundation. It is not a fundraiser for any organization.Bright BeginningsBright Beginnings began in Garfield County in 1995. It serves parents of children up to age 3 with a Warm Welcome visit by a volunteer. Materials include information on children’s health and safety, child care, community resources, early brain development, health insurance and the importance of reading to children from birth. In September 1999, Family Visitor Programs took Region 12 of Bright Beginnings under its wing and began offering these visits separately or along with their home visiting program.To help celebrate Bright Beginnings’ 10th anniversary, each region chose an honoree that has played a central role in the local community. The local agency chose to honor Castle Valley Children’s clinic for offering Moving On visits when doing one-year checkups. The Moving On program addresses the critical need for language development and encouragement for toddlers.To contact Bright Beginnings, call the Family Visitor Programs at 945-1234.Kay Vasilakis is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. Contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513, or kvasilakis@postindependent.com.

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