The Antlers at Vail hotel recently hosted an event to support and celebrate Colorado Front Range nonprofit organizations called "Pay It Backwards." Antlers general manager Rob LeVine created the event and, with the help of the Antlers staff, invited 36 organizations to select anyone they wanted - an employee, volunteer or client - to receive two free nights’ lodging the weekend of May 15-16 at the Antlers with a special Saturday reception.
“In the spring shoulder season we typically have rooms available and we really just wanted to share what we have with these groups who impact so many in really profound ways,” says LeVine.” We tried to find a good mix of social, environmental, humanitarian, health, children, military and animal-related causes.”
Despite a late spring winter storm warning, 33 Front Range nonprofits sent representative for the weekend trip. Guests attending ranged from hard-working staff members to generous volunteers to, in the case of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, a Facebook supporter selected from a random drawing. Many of the guests brought family members or friends, including children of all ages.
“Our Pay It Backward weekend was a tremendous success is so many ways. The attendees really appreciated the recognition of all they do, new relationships were forged and everyone had a fantastic time,” said LeVine.
The Antlers at Vail team created its Pay It Backward weekend with the intention of making it an annual spring event. They are already looking forward to next year in the hopes of expanding the event to include other Vail Valley hotels and businesses.
The nonprofits invited to this year’s “Pay It Backward” weekend were: The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado; American Heart Association; American Red Cross Mile High Chapter; Audubon Rockies; Bicycle Colorado; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado; Boys & Girls Clubs; Canine Companions for Independence; CAR’s Housing Opportunity Fund; Catholic Charities; The Center For Mental Health; Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation; Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Colorado Public Radio; Colorado Fourteeners Initiative; Colorado Water Trust; Crossroads Safehouse; Denver Children's Advocacy Center; Denver Dumb Friends League; Denver Indian Family Resource Center; Easter Seals; Food Bank of the Rockies; Habitat for Humanity of Colorado; The Home Front Cares; Hospice of Northern Colorado; iDE - International Development Enterprises; Joshua Station; Mile High United Way; Mi Casa Resource Center; MaxFund; Rocky Mountain Rescue Group; Ronald McDonald House Charities; The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs; Sense of Security; Wounded Warrior Project; The Women’s Foundation of Colorado; 9Health Fair.