Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. Eldora Mountain Resort throws three parties a year for its employees, a time for workers to socialize and a time for the administrative staff to show their appreciation for a job well done.
At the annual holiday employee party, new general manager Brent Tregaskis discussed donating the proceeds from the bar to a local non-profit and the employees agreed that the Nederland Food Pantry should get the money.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Tregaskis and Sales and Marketing Coordinator Michel Tapia presented a check for $650 to Food Pantry director Chris Current, who was grateful for the help and said, “That’s about two months worth of peanut butter.” She explained that peanut butter is one of the nutritious food products that people don’t have to cook. It is good for those who are in difficult living circumstances and don’t often have the means to prepare food.
Tregaskis told Current, “Because of your reputation and all you’ve done for the community, for helping many of our employees, you were chosen as the first recipient of these donations. We plan to give another donation in a month if you can recommend a non-profit that would benefit from some help for the community.”
In the past, EMR has had a couple of spaghetti feeds when work hours have been slow, but that is not the case this year. Food pantry employees told Tregaskis about the Community Clothes Closet and he said he would look into donating some winter gear at the end of the season.
“I am working on becoming involved in the community. My first step is joining the DDA. I want to do the right thing and be a part of the community, be supportive of the town.”
Tregaskis is currently renting in Boulder and is hoping to find a place to live in Nederland. So far, that has proven to be a challenge. Meanwhile, he says that EMR is prepared to donate more money to groups in the Peak to Peak region.