Kent, Jancie Hughes named Winter Park Citizens of Year
WINTER PARK — Kent and Jancie Hughes were named the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” on Friday night during the organization’s annual banquet. Following is the script of the presentation delivered by Roger Hedlund.
This year the Citizen of the Year goes to a very special couple.
He was an executive in the clothing industry, working mostly for Levis, for Les Wexner at The Limited and Victoria’s Secret. He traveled extensively for business, spending lots of time in the manufacturing facilities while she raised their children.
After “retiring” to Grand County, he worked winters at Al White’s shop, the Golden Spike, at Mary Jane and then at Christy Sports selling skis and boots.
She worked as a hostess at Sunspot long enough to get her lifetime pass at Winter Park Resort.
She is a previous secretary for the Lions Club, current Lions Club Foundation board member and in charge of Lions Club’s scholarship program.
He is past president of Fraser River Valley Lions Club, current Tail Twister. He is in charge of the Lions Club’s largest fundraising program, which happens to be the campgrounds. He is also past president of the Grand County Historical Association.
She is also a board member of the P.E.O. chapter that gives scholarships to young women in our community for higher education.
They have been big supporters of many nonprofits in the Winter Park, Fraser Valley. They are both involved in the Grand Foundation as a board and committee member. They are also great patrons of the Arts.
They are very active supporters of Children’s Hospital and the Dialysis Center at Snow Mountain Ranch and started the Run for Independence, which is in its 20th year. They organized the Scott Hughes Foundation over 15 years ago in honor of their son who had chronic kidney disease. Through their efforts, over 150 children have benefited and been able to attend Camp Chief Ouray through scholarships. Last year 10 children were able to attend and enjoy horseback riding, archery, fishing, hiking, skits, crafts, challenge course, and much more while receiving dialysis and other medical treatments.
Terri Bisio, a nurse at the Dialysis Center, mentioned that “they are a true inspiration and have provided ‘hands-on’ philanthropy in many forms: behind the scenes, visibly in the community and at Children’s Hospital Colorado, anonymously, and actively.”
Marty Ferguson, the Director at Camp Chief Ouray, would also agree that their impact has made a tremendous difference for the children at camp and would like to thank them.
But the final fun fact seals it when Kent saw Jancie in college at the University of Oregon and thought she was cute and first contacted her through her roommate. The first time Kent and Jancie talked on the phone, Kent called her “Janice.” Jancie said if you can’t get my name right, I don’t want to talk to you and hung up on him. Always the persistent salesman, Kent figured it out and called again. Now they have been married over 50 years and still are clearly madly in love.
Ladies and Gentleman: Kent and Jancie Hughes …
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