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Torch Awards

At the third annual Vail Centre’s Torch Awards, which honors the leaders in the community, long-time local, Sheika Gramshammer, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for the work she has done over the years to help improve the community.

“The goal of Vail Centre is to ensure the characteristics of Vail’s founders are passed along, like a torch, from generation to generation,” says Ross Iverson, CEO, Vail Centre. “We feel it is important to recognize those in our community who are demonstrating excellence, providing examples to others and forging a path for our future.”

A philanthropist since arriving in Vail since 1962 with her husband, Pepi, a ski racer and member of the the Austrian National Ski Team, Sheika has been instrumental in organizing many fundraising events for the betterment of the community including holding a picnic to to buy the first baby incubator and a defibrillator for the Vail Valley Medical Center; instrumental in helping to raise money to send a delegation to Australia to lure the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships to Vail; conceiving the Crystal Ski Ball, an event that benefited the Vail Valley Foundation to bring such events as the Championships and World Cup to Vail; holding a fundraiser in the late 90s, at her discotheque, “Sheika’s”, to finance the building of the “people cover” for the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre.

The Vail Centre believes learning is the key building block for the future that elevates careers, organizations and community. Its mission ensures the long-term sustainability of the Vail Valley, helping it prosper within the State of Colorado. It offers university certificates in such subjects as Non-profit Management and Diversity and Inclusive Leadership from Yale School of Management, Duke University, Cornell University and Dartmouth.