Category Philanthropist Award

SNOW BOWL STEAMBOAT – 2021 BUSINESS PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

“It’s wonderful to see how far a good deed can go. We continue to be filled with gratitude,” Meryl Meranski, Owner, Snow Bowl Steamboat - the 2021 Business Philanthropist of the Year. Meryl Meranski has a big spot in her heart for service work. After graduating from Chapman University in Peace Studies, her...

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JIM “MOOSE” BARROWS – LEGACY OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD

Jim “Moose” Barrows and the term “legacy” are almost synonymous. Most people know about Moose’s legacy in the ski racing world. He helped mold the sport, with some of the most famous names in skiing as his teammates and friends – Spider Sabich, Billy Kidd, Jimmie Huega just to name a few. ABC’s...

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JOHNNY B. GOOD’S – 2021 BUSINESS PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

When Kathy and Mike Diemer opened Johnny B Good’s Diner in February, 1994, they wanted to create “that feeling that people care about you and want to see you happily enjoying your time with us.” In the 25+ years since opening, Johnny B Good’s has become more than an iconic landmark in downtown...

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LEONA THURSTON – 2021 YOUTH PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Leona Thurston, 2021 Youth Philanthropist of the Year. Leona is an intelligent, passionate and driven young woman. Her involvement in non-profit work came about during her senior year in high school when she became active in school politics, using her personal experiences to drive change. She was extremely brave in sharing...

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GRAHAM MUIR – 2020 INDIVIDUAL PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Graham “Bush” Muir is well-known among those he coaches at his Manic Training gym as someone who will push you to your limits and beyond. He is a hard driver with a work ethic and intrinsic motivation beyond compare. But it is Graham’s innate desire to help those in need and capacity to…

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STEAMBOAT ACE HARDWARE – 2020 BUSINESS PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

According to Marc Swanson, owner of Steamboat Ace Hardware, “A hardware store is rooted in its community, helping people with projects big and small. There are so many different ways that we help our community members on a daily basis through our business, charitable giving and philanthropy are just a natural extension of…

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MADDIE CRAIGEN – 2020 YOUTH PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

“With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything.” This quote from Steve Maraboli is the mantra by which Madeleine (Maddie) Craigen leads her life, and these are words that guide her in accomplishing…

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2020 Philanthropist of the Year Nominations Being Accepted

The Philanthropist of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to heighten the visibility of philanthropy and giving in the Yampa Valley. Each year, this award honors the individual, business, and youth who have exhibited significant charitable giving, insightful leadership and volunteerism, and who has encouraged others…

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Philanthropist of the Year nominations now accepted

The Philanthropist of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to heighten the visibility of philanthropy and giving in the Yampa Valley. Each year, this award honors the individual, business, and youth who have exhibited significant charitable giving, insightful leadership and volunteerism, and who has encouraged others…

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