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Town Announces Estes Park Pride Award Recipients

The Estes Park Pride Award winners were announced by Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Levine at the Town’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon May 6. The Pride Awards were created in 2005 as a means for the Town to honor its unselfish and hard-working citizens. This year’s categories were Teacher, Businessperson, Volunteer, and Volunteer Group of the Year. Before announcing the winners, Mayor Pro Tem Levine noted, “All of these categories feature people nominated by others. The sole criterion for each of the Pride Awards is service to the Estes Park community.”

Jennifer Taylor was named Teacher of the Year Friday. Ms. Taylor is a Middle School teacher with the Park R-3 School District. Under her guidance, a group of students—“the Shuttle Bugs”—participated in a Town-sponsored committee examining the area’s current and future transportation needs. The students turned their new-found knowledge into real-world solutions. In the process they were awarded a total of $25,000 from two national contests enabling them to put their plans into action locally. Ms. Taylor received a Mayor’s plaque and $500 for her Teacher of the Year honor.

This year’s Businessperson of the Year award was presented jointly to Kris and Gary Hazelton, owners of The Estes Park News. The Hazeltons’ faces are familiar to nearly everyone in the community through their participation in such organizations and events as Quota Club, Rotary, the Estes Park Medical Center Gala, Elk Fest, Heritage Festival, Estes Park Duck Race, the Learning Place’s Spelling Bee, parade support, radio work, and other activities too numerous to mention. They received a plaque to commemorate their selection and a cash award of $500.

The Volunteer of the Year is Elizabeth Fogarty. In describing Ms. Fogarty’s work in the community, Levine said, “Today we honor someone who seeks to defy conventional wisdom and directly attack a time when we have been told no one will come.” The Mayor Pro Tem continued, “For thinking outside the box and seeking to satisfy this major need in our community, today we honor Elizabeth for her work in establishing a Winter Festival in Estes Park.” A donation in her name of $250 will be given to the local nonprofit her choice. Ms. Fogarty was also awarded a Mayor’s plaque.

Finally, the Town’s Rooftop Rodeo Committee was recognized as Volunteer Group of the Year. In 2010 the committee’s dedication was rewarded with “Rodeo of the Year” honors from the Mountain States Circuit and the Women’s Professional Cowboy Association (WPCA). They also brought home the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s (PRCA) “Small Rodeo of the Year” award for the third consecutive time—the fourth such honor in the past five years. The person submitting the nomination wrote, “This energetic group contributed more than 6,500 volunteer hours in 2010 and its hard work brought the best in PRCA rodeo to nearly 12,000 spectators in the Town’s new grandstand.”

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