Earth Day Celebration at the Vail Cascade!

Atwater on Gore Creek Holds Special Event

Atwater on Gore Creek at the Vail Cascade Resort will again host “Candlelight Night”  on Earth Day, April 22.  The success of the inaugural Candlelight Night dinner in March 2010 provided an opportunity not only to save energy, but to also donate a portion of proceeds to Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties.  The chance to let diners once again enjoy creek-side award winning dining in this unique and beneficial way compelled the hotel and restaurant, managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts, to bring the popular evening back for a unique experience.  The Vail Cascade Resort’s signature restaurant Atwater, overlooking Gore Creek, will illuminate the deck, tavern and dining area with hundreds of candles creating a twinkling and magical atmosphere. Not only a romantic and reflective evening, the experiential event outlines the resort’s commitment to Destination Earth, a program of the conservation of natural resources, and additionally, 10% of the evening's proceeds once more will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties.

Adam Lewis, General Manager of Atwater in the Vail Cascade Resort adds, “The first time we held this event last spring, we were amazed at the enthusiasm of both the diners and Atwater servers as they essentially floated through our signature Vail Cascade restaurant.  Kids and adults had fun using ‘glow sticks’ to read the scrumptious menu that features local produce and sustainable dining options, and the flickering candles made everything even more special.  Knowing that proceeds from the dinner helped Habitat was the final, perfect touch.  We plan on continuing to hold the event on selected evenings throughout the year.”

By choosing to operate under minimum electricity and other power resources, the Vail Cascade Resort demonstrates a pledge to recognize the need to preserve the world in which we live, and shows dedication to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on our changing environment.
Vail Cascade Resort adopted the Destination Earth program with the knowledge that the resort’s customers and associates all benefit from a healthy, sustainable environment.  The property has a designated “green team” onsite and has made a commitment to pursuing the following ideals:
• Sourcing environmentally responsible services and products locally, and purchasing organic, environmentally friendly- and recycled supplies, whenever possible.
• Purchasing fresh and sustainable foods locally grown, whenever possible.
• Creating partnerships with other organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to preserving the environment.
• Leading associates in applying eco-friendly practices in their daily operations.
The candlelight dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 22.  Reservations for the candlelight dining experience are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 970-479-7104.  For further information on the resort and restaurant, the website can be viewed at vailcascade.com.

Habitat for Humanity of Eagle & Lake Counties is currently building sixteen homes in Edwards that are LEED certified, providing housing for local families that is “earth friendly”.  Building homes is the main aspect of the local charity, but Habitat also provides an affordable alternative through the sale of gently used home furnishings and reusable building materials through the Habitat Home Outlet. All funds raised at the store provide an opportunity for community members to work together to provide warm, safe homes. Additionally, Habitat raises money through their Cars for Homes program accepting donated vehicles and working with local high school students to upgrade the vehicles for sale. All initiatives not only give back to Eagle County, but are also recycling efforts that will help create and maintain a sustainable global environment.
“The donations by Atwater are a welcome gift that will be used locally in our efforts at Habitat for Humanity of the Eagle and Lake Counties.  We look forward to working with The Vail Cascade Resort on future projects that will benefit those in need,” stated Kristi Moon, Public Relations representative for Habitat for Humanity.
The evening will begin at 5:30 and reservations are strongly recommended at 970-479-7014.

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