Formed in 1996 as a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund’s goals are to continue to raise funds by events, grants, and corporate and individual donations, raise community awareness, engage more volunteers in this worthwhile cause, and continue to help people in need in the community.
In 2005, 2008 and 2016, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund received the ‘Success Connection Award for Non-Profit Organization of the Year’ from the Vail Valley Partnership. The Vail Daily Reader’s Poll also selected the VVCF as one of the three best Non-Profit Organizations in the Vail community.
It may seem odd for a non-profit organization to define their success in financial terms. However, the financial performance of the VVCF is directly tied to the amount of aid that we can provide to those in need. With less than 15% of our income used to pay administrative expenses, VVCF’s total focus is on the monetary relief that we can provide to others. Last year, more than $450,000 was raised and distributed to directly offset the expenses involved with: injuries sustained in a serious car accident; several individuals battling cancer; intensive care for a severely premature infant; recuperation from heart attack and stroke; and much more.
Unfortunately, for every individual we are able to help, there are others we must turn away. This year, we hope to increase the amount of money we are able to donate in the form of direct aid grants and continue our support of community-based fundraising. Achievement of these goals depends on the continued generosity and support of individuals and organizations in this community.
Please feel free to contact us anytime:
Vail Valley Charitable Fund
PO Box 2307
Edwards, CO 81632
Phone: (970) 524-1480
Board of Directors
Rohn K. Robbins
Chairman and Founder of Vail Valley Charitable Fund
Special Counsel, Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC
Rohn Robbins is an attorney licensed to practice before the Bars of Colorado and California. He has lived and practiced law in Eagle County since 1993, with a practice emphasizing civil litigation, family and domestic law, real estate and development, and business transactions. He is Peer Rated and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation. Rohn 's leadership of the organization has seen it through 19 exciting years of growth and provided more than 1,300 local individuals and families with critical assistance during a period of medical and financial hardship. Rohn lives in Edwards with his wife Deb. They have two young adult sons. His recreational passions include skiing, biking, weight training, travel, and reading.
Vail Public Library
Mary McDougall has lived and worked in Eagle County since 1988 when she moved here from Austin, Texas. She worked as an officer for FirstBank from 1988 until 2013, and is presently employed with the Vail Public Library. Upon moving here, Mary recalls being amazed at the generosity of the local residents who rallied around any member of our small community who needed help. She joined the Board of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund in January 1998 in order to contribute to an organization which provides this kind of grass-roots support of others. Mary lives in Vail with her husband, Tim, her daughter, Maddie, and their yellow lab, Margo.
Brill Insurance Agency
Pete Brill worked in both insurance and publishing before moving with his wife Debbie to the Vail Valley in 1992 to live in healthy mountain environment and caring community. Pete joined the board for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund in 2001 and manages Brill Insurance Agency. He is also a part-time ski instructor, triathlete, and proud husband and father of two daughters.
FirstBank of Avon
Ellen Moritz moved to the Vail Valley from Minnesota in January 1990 when she began her career with FirstBank. She is now the President of the FirstBanks in Eagle County. Ellen joined the board of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund in 1999 because she had a desire to give back to the community that had become her home. Ellen lives in Edwards with her husband Jean-Claude and their three boys Sebastian, Alec and Theo.
Diane Voytko, MD
Colorado Mountain Medical
Diane Voytko, a native of Pennsylvania, moved to Edwards and joined Colorado Mountain Medical in 2001 after completing her residency training at St. Anthony Hospital's Family Medicine Residency Program in Denver. She maintains a large women's health practice and enjoys pediatrics as well as taking care of entire families from infants to grandparents. Outside work, Dr. Voytko enjoys telemark skiing, mountain biking, yoga, and reading. Diane lives in Edwards with her husband Jarrett and their sons, Conrad and Malcolm.
Non-profit & Philanthropic Advisor
Kara Heide moved to the Vail Valley in 1976. She founded the Vail Handicapped Ski School in the 1980's and has retired as the Executive Director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust. Kara won the "Citizen of the Year" award by the Vail Valley Foundation in 1994 and now serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in both Eagle and Summit counties.
A Colorado native from Colorado Springs, Marka Moser moved from Boulder, where she taught elementary school, to Vail in 1970. She has worked in many arenas including teaching, retail sales, property management, restaurant operations, and nearly two decades as a writer/photographer with three local newspapers. Marka has served on numerous non-profit boards and organizations through the years, mainly those that involved schools and activities in which her four children, Mary Catherine, Barbara, Michael, and Matthew were involved. She joined the Vail Valley Charitable Fund board more than a decade ago, and is pleased to be part of a non-profit that has made such an impact on the lives of those in medical crisis. As busy as ever volunteering, reading and enjoying the Valley's many sports and cultural amenities, she lives in Edwards with her two dogs. Marka enjoys time with her children and four grandchildren.
Whole Heart Healing
Dagmar Huber was raised in Aurora, CO and moved to Vail in 1983. Although the skiing and rafting brought Dagmar to the Valley, the remarkable community has held her here all these years. After attending several fundraisers and being involved in the VVCF's UnDressed Calendar, she was excited to become a board member in 2004 to further serve the community. Dagmar currently works in the complimentary health services field, elder care, and as a property manager. She lives in Edwards with her husband Ken, two dogs, three horses, and two cats.
Vail Valley Foundation
Originally from upstate New York, Martha originally moved to Colorado to attend CU in Boulder. Her roommate was from Eagle County, so weekend trips to the mountains were fairly regular. Martha defied her parents’ wishes to return to New York after school and moved to the mountains instead! After one year in the Vail Valley, the Vilar Performing Arts Center opened its door and a “real” job made it possible for her to stay. She now works for the Vail International Dance Festival and makes a regular Sunday appearance on TV8 as the host of Good Morning Vail. When she isn’t working or walking her dogs, Martha spends her time hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing. Martha joined the VVCF Board of Directors in 2009.
Jeremy moved to the Vail Valley in 2005 to finish his Degree from the University of Northern Colorado with an internship at the Beaver Creek Ski School. Through the years, he has worked with different departments at both Vail and Beaver Creek before finding his way to the Town of Eagle. When not working, he enjoys biking, fishing, skiing and camping. Originally from Maryland, he has fallen in love with the community in Eagle County and is excited to raise two daughters here with his wife Valerie.
Originally from the land of Dorothy and Toto, Brooke knew all too well that her heart was in the mountains and moved to Colorado after she graduated from high school. Brooke attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing four years later. After wearing the hat of Director of Communications in the Eagle County School District for six-and-a-half years, Brooke joined the Vail Resorts team in August of 2012 where she currently plays the role of Marketing Manager for Vail Mountain. Brooke thoroughly enjoys and actively participates in the plethora of activities that the mountains have to offer, including snowboarding, biking, hiking, and camping. Additionally, she loves yoga, running, cooking and spending quality time with friends and family.
Tracy Tutag, CFP®
Aprisent Financial Group
Originally from Michigan, Tracy Tutag moved to Vail in 1988. She had spent several years vacationing in Vail, learning to ski at Vail Ski School and vowed to make this her home. Tracy is the co-founder of Aprisent Financial Group, a financial planning and wealth management firm in Edwards. Tracy continues to enjoy the mountain lifestyle and is grateful for the opportunity to give back through the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
Mark is the marketing guy for the Vail Daily.
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Karen is a highly accomplished Fortune 100 global marketing procurement strategist. Karen has worked with multi-national clients to conduct detailed reviews of their go to market strategy that includes traditional media/social media initiatives, product branding, media contract/media performance audits, and marketing penetration strategies---just to name a few. After a detailed organizational analysis, Karen works with clients' business units to formulate new and innovative ideas to maximize brand awareness, improve product deliverables and maximize revenues. She has supported global and US based business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies. Outside of work, Karen actively volunteers in the community.
Michelle has been visiting the Vail Valley since the late '60s, spending summers with her father and eventually moved here with her husband, Brian, in 1988. She has worked for Vail Resorts for 20 years and has been actively involved with many non-profits in the community. Michelle and her husband have enjoyed raising their four children in the Vail Valley. She joined the Vail Valley Charitable Fund as Executive Director in January 2013 and is thankful for the opportunity to offer continued support to a community that cares for one another.
Events and Sponsorship Manager
Katie comes to Vail Valley Charitable Fund from the Vail Mountain School, where she served as the Event Coordinator and Assistant Development Director until 2016. She transitioned from spending winters in Vail to full-time living in 2014 and quickly established solid roots in the Valley and built an impressive network in the event and non-profit community. Katie received her BS in Event Management from the University of Central Florida. In her free time, she is an avid hiker, accomplished skier/snowboarder and energetic lacrosse coach. Katie join the VVCF team in May 2017 and she is excited to be able to contribute to the growth and development of an organization with such a clear mission and commitment to all their endeavors.
Lauren is a Colorado native. She was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, all the while spending vacations in the Vail Valley. After earning a degree in Graphic Design from Dominican University of California she decided to move to the Vail Valley, an area she had grown to love. Lauren has been actively involved in Relay for Life events, starting as team captain in Colorado and working her way up to event chair in California. She has worked doing graphic and web design for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund since 2013, and joined the staff in April of 2015. Lauren looks forward to continuing to make a difference in our local community.
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Remember to 'Give from the Heart'.