Telluride Medical Center's FEAST: New Sheridan Hotel

Telluride's New Sheridan Hotel, Restaurant and Bar partners with Med Center's FEAST

She was the heart of the social scene back in the days Telluride's streets were paved with gold. About 117 years later, however, she was clearly overdue for some major "work."

Telluride's new plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeff Ptak – also the dermatologist at the Telluride Medical Center – had nothing to do with the New Sheridan Hotel, Bar & Restaurant's $7 million facelift. Credit for the handiwork goes to world famous interior designer Nina Campbell, who returned the grande dame of Main Street to her original Victorian splendor.

Hovering over the reincarnation  like a mother hen was the New Sheridan's general manager, Ray Farnsworth, who came to town 12 years ago from California, where he had been vice president, operations, for a hotel management group, Four Sisters Inns. Ray, a popular local, now oversees every detail of the operation: hotel, restaurant,(The Chop House) bar, cafe (The Parlor).

It was Ray's decision to support the Med Center's FEAST's (Fund for Expanding and Supporting Telluride's Medical Center) online auction, the brainchild of Kate Wadley, director of philanthropy, offering  a two-night stay for two and a $100 gift certificate to support the cause.

"When  the time came to restore the New Sheridan, we bit the bullet and closed for business for about a year, but in the end, it was worth the wait. The Telluride Medical Center requires some improvements too: It  has clearly outgrown the existing building and needs to be able to make capital purchases to be able to continue to provide cutting edge medical services. A first class resort such as Telluride deserves first class medical care."

To hear more from Ray and Kate, watch the videocast.
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