Catt, Work awarded at chamber banquet |

Catt, Work awarded at chamber banquet

Sky-Hi News Staff
Long-time Grand County resident John Work was named Pioneer of the Year at the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet.
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Blue Star Connection Founder and Director John Catt received the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award while long-time Grand County resident John Work was named Pioneer of the Year at the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet on Friday evening, Nov. 13.

Catt was recognized for his work with Blue Star Connection, which donates musical instruments to children and young adults with cancer and other illnesses, as well as his efforts in founding the Middle Park High School Blues Band, supporting Blues in the Schools, and putting on numerous concerts to benefit charitable programs and organizations in the county.

The Pioneer of the Year award is given to long-time members of the Winter Park-Fraser community that have had an impact on the community’s development.

Work, who was born in Ft. Morgan in 1926, first moved to Grand County after purchasing land in Fraser with his brother-in-law for cattle ranching, according to the chamber.

He started working cattle on the Byers Peak Ranch in the early 1950s, and has worked on the same ranch since 1985.

Since moving to Grand County, Work has been a part of many ventures. He opened Valley Stables and operated an ice-skating rink at the base of Winter Park Resort. In 1978, Work purchased land and constructed what would eventually become Fraser’s rodeo arena. At 89, Work is still an active ranch hand.

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