The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce named Gary DeFrange, President and COO of Winter Park Resort, the 2009 Citizen of the Year. The honor, awarded annually to a citizen exhibiting exemplary dedication to community service, was presented to DeFrange at a dinner ceremony at Deno's Mountain Bistro.
"Given his involvement in and commitment to this community, Gary is most deserving of the Citizen of the Year award, " said Ron Nelson, board president of the Grand Foundation and the 2008 Citizen of the Year. "Gary is known for infusing our local flavor and maintaining the character of Winter Park Resort, balancing his corporate duties with what's best for our community."
"I am humbled by this great honor," said DeFrange. "So many of our friends and neighbors work hard for this community; I just want to do my part to better the place in which I love to live and work."
DeFrange is currently chairman of the Colorado AAA Board of Directors; a board member of Colorado Ski Country USA; a board member of the Wells Fargo Bank of Denver Community Board; a member of the Fraser River Valley Lions Club; and on the board of trustees of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), for which he has also been a volunteer ski instructor for blind students.
Some of the past positions DeFrange has held include board member of the Foundation Board for the Northern Colorado Medical Center; board member of the Foundation Board for the Swedish Hospital; chairman of South Metro Denver Economic Development; board member of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce; chairman of NSCD.