CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
The Telluride Foundation’s Citizen of the Year Award is in recognition of “someone who has unselfishly contributed to the Telluride regional community’s quality of life through volunteerism, community service or philanthropy.” The recipient is nominated though an open community process and selected by the Board of Directors. The recipient receives a grant of $5,000 to be given in their name to the local nonprofit of their choice and a commemorative plaque. After all nominations are in, past recipients of the award are responsible for evaluating all the nominations and deciding on three finalists, with the Telluride Foundation board selecting the ultimate 2019 recipient.
The Telluride Board of Directors recently selected Barb Gross as the 2019 Citizen of the Year. Barb was nominated by the community and her peers for her exemplary service and volunteerism to the community.
Barb Gross has selflessly served the Telluride Community for over 35 years. In the 1980s and 1990s, Gross was a mainstay in the “San Miguel County Day Care and Preschool Association” working to purchase and construct the sorely needed Rainbow Preschool in Telluride and Rascals Preschool in Lawson Hill. Gross has served Angel Baskets, an all-volunteer organization, as a board member and Food Bank Coordinator. Gross demonstrates her love for our community and compassion for its people by continually advocating for the children and youth in the Angel Baskets Holiday Giving and School Supply Programs. Many know Gross as the kind face and generous heart of the Telluride Food Bank, where she volunteers more than 20 hours each week ordering food, picking up donations from the grocery store and bakery, stocking shelves, cleaning refrigerators, organizing volunteers and working to serve food to recipients.
Gross shares this honor with Terry Tice (2003), Lissa Margetts (2004), John Micetic (2005), Bill Carstens (2006), John Pryor and Jane Hickcox (2007), Kathy Green (2008), Marilyn Branch (2009), Dan and Greer Garner and Andrea Benda (2010) and Billy “Senior” Mahoney (2011), Anne Brady (2012), Dean Rolley (2013), Kristin Holbrook (2014), Gary Freedman (2015), Elaine Fischer (2016), Wendy Brooks (2017), and Susan Rice (2018).
To view the Foundation’s Citizen of the Year Nomination form, click HERE.