Pitkin County has announced its honorees for the 2019 Pitkin County Cares and Greg Mace awards, which recognize individuals and groups for outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement.
This year, 10 Roaring Fork Valley residents are being honored for exceptional volunteerism. Pitkin County Cares awards include the Greg Mace Award, established in memory of the late Greg Mace, a dedicated volunteer who died in a climbing accident on North Maroon in 1986. The Pitkin County Cares awards are now in their 19th year.
Greg Mace Award: Sallie Bernard, who is the founder of Extreme Sports Camp, later renamed Ascendigo, which is a nationally-recognized autism service provider located in Carbondale. She is also active with Family Life for All, the Aspen Hope Center, James Kirk Bernard Foundation and Autism Speaks.
Children and Youth Award: Sandy and Peter Johnson, for their longtime Aspen Buddy Program commitment to their buddy from elementary school to college.
Seniors Award: Trinity Terry, for delivering meals from the Pitkin County Senior Center to the homebound and offering his support and friendship.
Health Award: Debbie Kreutzer, for her contribution to Pathfinders by organizing support and care for individuals who are ill or suffering from life-changing loss.
Community Pride: Laura Mathews, for her over 500 hours of service in the Aspen Historical Society’s archive office.
Education: Jim and Dianne Light, for their mentorship in the Roaring Fork Precollegiate program ushering an eighth-grade group through high school and on to college.
Good Samaritan: Carolyn Meadowcroft, for helping Habitat for Humanity homeowners navigate the complexities of applying for and getting a mortgage.
Rising Star: Matilda “Tilly” Swanson, a junior at Aspen High School on the Robotics Team who mentors middle school students about robotics and spent lunch hours reading with a first grader in the Read With Me program.
The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners will honor the recipients at a special ceremony during its regular, televised meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23 with a reception at 11:30 a.m. at the Pitkin County Administration and Sheriff’s Office, 530 E. Main St. in Aspen, followed by a formal ceremony in the BOCC chambers. The ceremony will be televised live on CGTV Channel 11 and streamed live on www.aspenpitkin.com beginning at 12 noon. The public is invited to attend. Call 920-5204 for more information.