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Perry-Mansfield honored

Sterling Anniversary Award goes to performing arts camp

Autumn Phillips

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp received a $5,000 Sterling Anniversary Award on Wednesday night from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation created a special award this year in celebration of its 25th anniversary, traditionally known as the silver anniversary.

Because the Community Foundation funds projects and organizations in five fields of interest — arts and culture, recreation, education, health and human services and the environment — its board of directors decided to give five awards of $5,000 each to a group representing each field. Perry-Mansfield received the fifth of the five awards for their work in arts and culture.

Several organizations submitted applications for the award.

“(The committee) felt that Perry-Mansfield fit in our mission of preserving traditions and the integrity of the valley,” Foundation development manager Heidi Barbee said.

Sterling anniversary awards were given earlier this year to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Routt County 4-H, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse and Yampatika.

The awards were given throughout 2004 and were part of $400,000 in grants that were awarded by the Community Foundation this year.

The $5,000 came from the Foundation’s endowment and from money donated by Shine and Russ Atha and The Chadwick, Barbee said.

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation started 25 years ago as a way to save what is now Colorado Mountain College.

“The land was going to be sold for development,” Barbee said. After the success of that project, the Community Foundation remained as an endowed entity that acts as an umbrella for funds started by the organizations and individuals.

“The more money we have stored here, the more interest we earn and the more money we can award in grants,” Barbee said.

— To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com


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