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For the 2014-15 season, Vail Resorts has awarded more than $2,700,000 in EpicPromise community grants to 54 non-profit organizations based in Eagle County as part of its annual grant cycle. The EpicPromise grants support youth program and environmental initiatives that provide basic needs, connect kids with the outdoors, rehabilitate popular trails and increase educational opportunities for all kids.
“EpicPromise connects our core value of “Do Good” with everyday actions to ensure a promising future for our communities and our mountains,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Together with these non-profit partners, and our employees, we want to make sure we are working each day to preserve our landscapes and forests, while providing a bright future for local kids. These grants fund programs that help kids achieve great things in the classroom and develop a passion for the outdoors.”
Through EpicPromise, Vail Resorts is excited to partner with:
Grants are just one portion of the overall Vail Resorts EpicPromise program. EpicPromise also includes a guest donation program that raises money for the National Forest Foundation for restoration projects in Eagle County through a $1 opt-out program on season pass sales, online lift tickets, room nights and rounds of golf. And, this holiday season, the Vail Resorts Retail’s EpicPromise Holiday Giving Campaign to raise money from customers, matched by Vail Resorts, will go to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. This campaign will take place now through Jan. 10 at all of the retail locations including Vail Sports, Beaver Creek Sports, Patagonia, Burton, Smartwool and all of the Vail Resorts Retail specialty stores.
In addition to these programs, Vail Resorts is committed to connecting employees with the community. Over the past year, employees gave more than 20,000 hours of company-sponsored time. In Eagle County this included 1,000 hours to help build a new mountain bike trail in Avon.
For more information on Vail Resorts’ community commitment, go to www.epicpromise.com.