Megan Ledin & Ron Nelson: Citizens of the Year Announced at Devil’s Thumb Ranch
On Saturday, Nov. 13, Devil’s Thumb Ranch House Restaurant hosted a Winemaker’s Dinner to benefit the Grand Foundation. With 103 guests, this event netted $58,000 for charity.The evening started with a cocktail party, passed hors d’oeuvres and a special appearance from the 2009 Citizen of the Year, Gary DeFrange. Gary, along with Ron Nelson, Chairman of the Grand Foundation, and Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, presented the 2010 Citizens of the Year award to Bob and Suzanne Fanch. The announcement was a highlight of the event.The Fanches have provided unrivaled generosity to Grand County through their love of the environment and the community in which they live. They are truly deserving of the recognition. After the special announcement, a five course dinner was served, with Van Duzer Vineyards pairing fine wines to each of Ranch House Chef Ken Ohlinger’s savory creations. Throughout the evening the conversation continued to generate excitement leading into the live auction, which spiced up the event with eager bidding on a gourmet dinner for 12 with Chef Ohlinger at the Devil’s Thumb John L’s Wine Cellar, a Quang Ho framed original oil “Apples in Autumn” and a Karen Vance original “Fraser Valley Morning”. As a community nonprofit, Grand Foundation relies on public support and events such as the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Dinner to generate funding. The Grand Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in Grand County by proactively addressing current and future needs in the areas of Health & Human Services, Education, Environment, Amateur Sports and Arts & Culture. This event showcases the true spirit of community involvement – a small group of people coming together to raise awareness and funds for local nonprofits.Thank you to our event sponsors and volunteers: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Republic National Distributing, Van Duzer Vineyards, Tanna Massar, Chris Froetschner, Royce Cain, Karen Vance, Quang Ho, and Trice Jewelers. The staff at Devil’s Thumb Ranch House Restaurant earned special mention for their exceptional service.We would also like to thank each individual who attended the event – your support truly does make a difference.We applaud Bob and Suzanne Fanch, owners of Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Their support to Grand County is unwavering and their partnership to assist our local nonprofit organizations is unparalleled.Megan Ledin, executive director Ron Nelson, chairman of the boardGrand Foundation
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