Vail Valley Charitable Fund Receives $100,000 Donation In Anticipation of Colorado Gives Day


Contact: Brooke Skjonsby


Edwards, CO | November 30, 2021 — The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is thrilled to announce that, leading up to Colorado Gives Day on December 7th, an anonymous donor has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 for those making year-end donations to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

“This incredibly generous gift will enable us to support the ever-expanding need of locals in our community who are suffering from a medical crisis or long-term illness,” said Brooke Skjonsby, Executive Director of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. “In the midst of this on-going pandemic, local families have experienced an increased swift and crushing financial burden that too often accompanies sustained illness or a catastrophic injury, so we are grateful to be able to enhance our giving back moving forward.”

Over the past 25 years, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund has raised and distributed in excess of $8.4 million to assist more than 1,800 families in our community who have struggled owing to a medical crisis. Our caring community has helped us grow to meet the needs of those in a crisis when they’ve truly needed it most, and the help we afford is accomplished by contributions from individuals and organizations right here in the Vail Valley. The VVCF recently increased its direct aid grant maximum from $5,000 to $7,500 to provide enhanced assistance with medical bills and living expenses. In addition to the direct aid grant program, the VVCF serves the community through the Eagle County Smiles children’s dental program, Eagle County Grins adult dental program, Eagle County Moves physical therapy program, and the Vail Breast Cancer Group.

“We are more than grateful for this extraordinary gift,” added Vail Valley Charitable Fund Chair, Rohn Robbins. “The selflessness and goodness of such generosity fills our hearts and will enable us to further expand our mission of helping those in our community in need.”

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund extends a huge thank you to this anonymous donor for making an enormous difference in the lives of locals who need it most. These continue to be extraordinary times as we adapt to a new normal during an unprecedented period in our shared history. The needs of our community are unrelenting. As you consider how you will support worthwhile causes this year, please find a way to include the VVCF in your giving plans – especially on Colorado Gives Day, which is December 7th. Your generous donation, in any amount, will make a significant impact on the lives of those in our community who are struggling and in need of your help. For more information and to make a donation, go to COLORADOGIVES.ORG/VVCF.

13th Annual LG Tri on July 10th Promises Fun for Friends and Family Alike

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is pleased to announce that the 13th annual LG Sprint Tri will take place on July 10th, 2021 at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. The celebration kicks off on Friday, July 9th with registration, music, food, beverages, a silent auction preview and non-competitive mountain bike ride.

Never thought about participating in a triathlon? Well, if you can swim, bike or run, you can TRI either individually or on a team! This year bring your kids and encourage them to TRI too. This event is open to all ages and abilities.

The ages 14 and up triathlon includes a 500-meter swim (10 laps in the Eagle Pool), a 12-mile bike loop along Brush Creek Road and a 5K run through Eagle Ranch. Participants can sign up as individuals or members of a team, and at the conclusion of the race enjoy an award ceremony with prizes from several local organizations. Additionally, there will be an amazing silent auction that boasts items from Vail Resorts EpicPromise (including a 2022-23 Epic Pass, lodging, dining and spa gift certificates), as well as vouchers to local bars, restaurants and salons, retail items and so much more. Everyone who participates should go home with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and of course an event t-shirt and water bottle!

The LG Kid’s Tri will include three age groups: 6-7, 8-10, and 11-13. The 6-7 year-old age group will experience a 25-yd swim (1/2 lap in the pool), 1-mile bike ride and a 0.5-mile run; the 8-10 year olds will have a 50-yd swim (1 lap in the pool), 3.2-mile bike ride and a 0.75-mile run; and last but certainly not least, the 11-13 year old age group will enjoy a 100-yd swim (2 laps in the pool), 5-mile bike ride and 1-mile run.

Registration is open online now. Go to to register.  

This event is held in memory of a long-time local and Vail Valley Charitable Fund beneficiary, Laura Genelin, who lost her battle to cancer in July 2008. Proceeds from the LG Tri will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a local non-profit helping community members facing medical crisis since 1996.

A huge thank you to our 2021 sponsors: Anthem Blue Cross, Architecture Engineering Consultants, AIA Architecture & Construction, Axis Sports Medicine, CMT Painting, Comerford Insurance, Costco, Eagle Ranch Association, Gallegos Corporation, KZYR, Main Street Grill, Mountain Life Calvary Chapel, Mountain Recreation, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, S&H Roofing, Town of Eagle, United Way, Vail Honeywagon, Vail Daily, Vail Resorts Epic Promise, Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops, Xerox High Country Copiers