Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber deserves a "thank you" |

Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber deserves a "thank you"

I would like to say something on behalf of the Winter Park / Fraser Valley Chamber staff, as well as the Winter Park Town Council. The discussion about the Veterans Rally promoter is not the same as the support of veterans. There is absolutely no question that both these local groups support the idea of saluting and recognizing of all veterans. To suggest to the contrary is a manipulation. The Chamber staff works endless hours to pull off events all summer and winter. This is one of many events they have to manage. If you think they have been doing all of this from 9 to 5 during the week, you are mistaken.

Sometimes, it goes into the wee hours of the night and starts at daylight. And the bottom line is they really care about how the events get done. It’s not easy to please both sides of the event equation.

I know this staff has dealt with the biggest promoters in Colorado and they are not amateurs. We should all expect outside promoters to treat our town employees and friends with respect and gratitude. It’s not enough to just bring “retail business.”

The WPFV Chamber does close to 25 events each year. I think it’s unfair to overlook this and focus on one event that they supported for the past two years. We pay them to do a job and we should respect their professional opinion on the events and promoters they can successfully deal with. Keep in mind, all promoters are getting tax dollars, they are not here volunteering their time.

The Grand County Blues Society has had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the WPFV staff and the Town Council and the very bottom line is, they are trying as hard as they can to be helpful and create quality events for the benefit of, not only the local economy, but for the local morale. It’s been very professional and considerate and we look forward to working with all of them.

The reason why these are “thankless” jobs is because people fail to say “thank you,” not because they don’t deserve thanks. I know our blues festival would be impossible to do without their sincere help.

So, on behalf of our all-volunteer board, I want to say “thanks again for our new home and for the years of financial and moral support.”

John Catt

Grand County Blues Society

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