Nonprofit gets new wheels |

Nonprofit gets new wheels

Breeana Laughlin
Special to the Daily

The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District are sporting some new wheels, thanks to a partnership with Vail Resorts Echo and Colorado Mountain Express.

The companies donated a 15-passenger Ford E350 van to the local nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote stewardship of the White River National Forest in Summit County.

“We are always looking for ways to give back to the community,” said Robert C. Tschupp, vice president and general manager of Colorado Mountain Express. His company, which is owned by Vail Resorts, provides ground transportation to the mountains.

Every year, the company sells some of its vehicles and buys new ones to keep the fleet “fresh,” Tschupp said. “A couple of years ago we decided it would be great to give one away.”

This is the second year Tschupp and Vail Resorts have donated a vehicle to a local nonprofit. Last year, they gave a van to SOS Outreach, a Summit County organization that works to build character in youth through outdoor adventure.

“For some of these organizations — instead of giving them a check — it makes more sense for us to donate a van instead,” Tschupp said.

This year the companies picked the FDRD as the recipient of a van, which is worth about $8,000.

“They are thrilled,” Tschupp said. “It’s something they don’t have to go out and buy. All they have to do is insure it, and they are good to take it out and drive.”

“Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is an amazing local organization that leverages the power of volunteers to maintain the national forest lands we all love to play in throughout Summit County,” Vail Resorts spokeswoman Kristen Petitt Stewart said. “We know our van will help get many tools and supplies to FDRD’s remote volunteer projects for years to come.”

FDRD said it’s completed 16 projects and employed more than 300 volunteers to plant trees, clean up the forest and improve trails in 2013.

“In all areas of charitable giving, Vail Resorts Echo emphasizes outcomes — direct benefits to the people and places where we live and work,” Stewart said. “I think that is one of the brilliant things about our partnership with FDRD.”

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