Telluride Foundation: Citizen Of The Year

Dean Rolley

Dean Rolley

Dean Rolley Selected to Receive Award for 2013

The Telluride Foundation’s Board of Directors held its bi-annual meeting Friday, July 5, 2012 where it selected long-time Telluride resident, Dean Rolley, as the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. The Telluride Foundation created its Outstanding Citizen award to honor individuals who unselfishly make extraordinary contributions to the region’s quality of life. Dean Rolley was one of nine citizens nominated by their peers for their exemplary service and volunteerism to the community.

Rolley moved to Telluride in 1986. During his time in town, he has managed Telluride Community Television (currently “Telluride TV”), served on the KOTO Board of Directors, taught video and mentored high school students, collaborated on documentary films for nonprofits, as well as provided sound and video services for numerous local events and organizations. It is because of Rolley’s commitment to the community and video that so many community events have been chronicled and local history has been preserved. Numerous organizations and community members supported this nomination.

“Dean Rolley is present at just about every important happening in the Telluride region,” according to nominator, Amy Levek, “Because of Dean, we have footage of events that would have faded with memory.  Virtually every regional festival, school event, educational program, nonprofit organization and government relies on Dean’s technical knowledge, expertise and generous help.”

As an Outstanding Citizen, Rolley will receive a commemorative plaque and a grant of $5,000 to be given in his name to the local non-profit of his choice. Rolley 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), and Anne Brady (2012).  A celebration to honor Rolley will occur later this summer.

About the Telluride Foundation:

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the cultivation and promotion of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and/or working in the Telluride region for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region.

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