Annual Members' Celebration October 23

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We had a record-breaking turnout for our Annual Members’ Celebration event–90 members, partners and supporters joined us at the beautiful Cottonwood Center for the Arts for an evening of food and drink, conversation, and fun. This was our opportunity to thank our members and partners for all they do for TOSC and for the community, and we had so much fun!
We were happy to see so many of our Partners and Friends Groups–Cheyenne Cañon, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Blodgett Peak, Incline Friends, Corral Bluffs Alliance, Black Forest Trails Association, Manitou CATS, UpaDowna, Palmer Land Trust and others were in the house! We welcomed City Councillors Jan Martin, Jill Gaebler and Val Snider, Parks Advisory Board Chair Jackie Hilaire, El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark, and El Paso County Director of Community Services Tim Wolken to the party.
We gave out some awards to a person, a Friends Group and a business that we felt had really made a difference for parks, trails and open spaces this year:
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Shanti Toll received the Individual of the Year award for his work with the Iron Mountain Trail Project, which completed a long-planned connection between trails in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.
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Incline Friends were honored as Friends Group of the Year for their inspiring efforts and success in raising $60,000 for Incline repairs and stabilization work, which is due to be completed near the end of the year.
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REI received the Business Friend of the Year award for their efforts to promote, sponsor and participate in trail projects, and for their support of TOSC initiatives.
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Thanks to City Parks and City Streets Departments, and El Paso County Parks Department, for coming out and staffing tables with maps and information on ongoing and upcoming projects. They were busy all night–TOSC members like to know what’s coming next for parks, trails, open spaces and bikeways!
We are grateful for our event sponsors Bristol Brewing, Sovereignty Wines, the Picnic Basket and Hiking Bob, as well as the restaurants that donated the plentiful and delicious desserts: Adam’s Mountain Cafe, Carrabba’s, Check-fil-A, Cliff House, Margarita at Pine Creek, Marigolds’ Bakery & Cafe, Poor Richard’s Downtown, and Wooglin’s Deli.
A special thank you to the staff at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts. We LOVED the venue, and everyone we worked with was so helpful and kind.

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