Anne Vickstrom is no stranger in Evergreen. You may have seen her name involved with some charity function or heard about the great work she’s done. She has quite the presence in our small mountain community. She has put her heart and soul into Evergreen and says, “Let’s just say that we’ll leave [Evergreen] feet first. A.k.a. until we die.”
Anne grew up attending Ralston Elementary School as the youngest of three sisters. Her father was a well-respected attorney and community volunteer. Her mother took on a wide array of responsibility, staying active in the PTA, volunteering at the Spalding Rehabilitation Center, and after her daughters graduated college, served as a state senator for twelve years. Anne says that her parents’ involvement inspired her to volunteer in her community. It’s important to her to motivate her husband Mark, her son Will, and her daughters Lizzy and Caroline to be active in philanthropy as well. That’s why, she says, she chose to participate in the National Charity League with her two daughters.
Anne just finished a year as president of the local chapter of National Charity League. NCL is a mother-daughter organization that serves the community by aiding select non-profit organizations. Anne currently serves on the committee for Operation Homefront, a charity benefitting military families in need. “We’ve always believed in volunteering,” she says. “And this gave us organized opportunities to volunteer together.” Most recently she’s helped NCL establish ties with Operation Homefront and EAS+Y, an organization all about sustainability. NCL has also helped with the Special Olympics, Drive Smart, and so much more.
Besides her passionate participation in NCL, Anne is also a member of the PTSA, PEO, and Colorado Dames, a group that supports Hotel De Paris is Georgetown. She was formerly on the board of Art for the Mountain Community and aided in organizing the annual sculpture walk. What’s her inspiration? “My parents,” she says. “and the reward of getting to know wonderful people in our community. She loves the arts, skiing, hiking and camping, but says, “I’m never happier than when I’m writing.” She’s currently working on her own novel. “I’m learning about the challenges of finding an agent in a time with the publishing world is redefining itself,” she says. But nonetheless, she’s still excited and passionate about what she writes, almost as much as she is about her community. “We’re so fortunate to live in a community where people will take time for each other,” she says. You’ll be seeing Anne Vickstrom as an active citizen of Evergreen for a long time to come.