A Letter of Gratitude from your Commander

Thursday, November 9th, I had the honor and privilege of receiving the Katie Speer Individual Philanthropist of the Year award.

 Holy Cow! There were so many giving, generous souls on that stage and in the room that night. What else can I say besides thank you?

 Thank you, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and YMCA for hosting the event. Thank you, Thor Homme and Sandy Begley for your nomination. Thank you, EPNRC Committee for your selection. And thank you, Estes Park for being such a wonderful place to live and work.

 But I feel a need to be clear: I have the honor of accepting this award on behalf of others, because this award isn’t so much for me as it is for a team – a slate of officers, staff and volunteers that comprise American Legion Post 119 that work hard every day to ensure good things happen.

I am especially indebted to Dottie Allen, a staff member at Post 119, who (with many many hours of assistance from her husband Bill) has  tirelessly helped advance an environment and  a work ethic, within which the rest of us can more easily concentrate on our Legion Programs. Without their efforts, we could not sustain our support of programs such as Estes Park Scouting, Tiny Tots, Estes Park Legion Baseball, Bright Christmas, a Coat Drive, the Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club, the Estes Park Repertoire Theatre, and a Veterans Service Program.

 Finally, I have the pleasure of accepting this award in honor of my mother, because Thursday, the day of the award, would have been her 99th birthday. I could see her sitting among the audience, beaming in pride, and I can’t say thanks enough for that, also.


 Terry P. Rizzuti, Commander

American Legion Post 119

Estes Park, CO 80517