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LIMELIGHT KETCHUM COMMUNITY FUND

A fundamental mission of the Limelight brand is to connect itself as deeply and meaningfully as possible to the communities in which it operates. That "commitment to place" is reflected in how the Limelight’s employees and management team will approach philanthropy.

We believe a healthy community makes for happy employees and guests. So we are choosing to focus our philanthropy locally.

For the Limelight Hotel Ketchum, this is achieved through the Limelight Ketchum Community Fund at the Idaho Community Foundation.
The Community Fund is a vehicle to engage the hotel’s workforce. The fund is financed by a $20,000 contribution from the Limelight Hotel Ketchum, by employees through an optional paycheck deduction, and by guests through a $1-per-night donation that can be opted out of at any time. The hotel's contribution will grow with the success of the property, and the money is held at the Idaho Community Foundation in a donor-advised fund.

A board of the Limelight Hotel Ketchum employees governs the fund, reviewing grant applications and determining grant recipients. They focus on supporting nonprofits providing programming for mental health, addiction counseling, environment stewardship, and youth development. All funding will be spent in the Wood River Valley.

The Environment Foundation of Aspen Skiing Company — the parent company of Limelight Hotels — is the model on which this foundation is based. Over 24 years, the employee-funded, employer-matched Environment Foundation has donated more than $4 million to over 650 local projects protecting the environment.

In addition to the employee fund, the Limelight Hotel Ketchum will consider in-kind donation requests from nonprofits in the Wood River Valley. The hotel does not have the ability to consider capital requests. Please send requests to Hannah Berman.

Community Fund Board

  • Tim Johnson, Chair
    Director of Sales
  • Denis Cote
    Director of Operations
  • BJ Sullivan
    Sales/Event Sales Manager
  • Aliki Georgakopoulos
    Contracted Business Coordinator
  • Angela Graff
    HR Manager
  • Dominique McCarthy
    Front Desk Supervisor

What Can I Do As a Guest to Support This Cause?

At check-in, you will be given the opportunity to opt-out of a $1-per-night donation that goes directly to the Limelight Ketchum Community Fund.

As an Employee, What Can I Do?

You can join the Limelight Ketchum Community Fund today by donating to the fund or joining the board. Donate to the fund by completing this form and submitting it to the human resources office. The board selects new board members each spring. As a board member you make decisions about how to best spend the donations from your fellow employees, our guests, and the hotel. Current board members are happy to answer questions.

Why contribute?
  • 100% of your donation is spent in the Wood River Valley, not on overhead.
  • Your contribution is more than tripled by the Limelight Hotel Ketchum and our guests.
  • Employees decide where your money goes: the Fund is governed solely by hotel staff.

Grant Recipients

The Limelight Ketchum Community Fund awards grants in the fall each year. View the list of Fall 2017 and 2018 recipients.

Donate Today

Are you an employee, guest, or engaged community member looking to support the fund? Make a one-time donation through our partner organization, the Idaho Community Fund. Make sure the “Fund” listed is the Limelight Ketchum Community Fund. We thank you for donating!

Can I Apply for a Grant from the Limelight Ketchum Community Fund?

The fund accepts applications once per year in the fall. Email Hannah Berman (hberman@aspensnowmass.com) for more information. Grants focus on projects that support mental health, domestic abuse prevention, education, and crisis management in the Wood River Valley. From time to time the Board will re-examine specific funding priorities and adjust its focus with input from employees.

Donations for the Limelight Ketchum Community Fund are administered by the Idaho Community Foundation.

The Limelight Ketchum Community Fund In Action

View photos from the Fund's first two years in action in the Wood River Valley.