Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis names Dusty Boot owner John Shipp Board of Directors President
Edwards, Colo. • September 2, 2009 – The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis announced John Shipp, owner of Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon in Beaver Creek and Eagle, as the board of directors president. Shipp joined The Heuga Center’s board of directors in 2006 after being involved as a volunteer and fundraiser.
“I got involved with The Heuga Center because a very close friend of mine was diagnosed with MS,” said Shipp. “She’s a wife and mother so I’ve witnessed how this disease affects the entire family. For 25 years, The Heuga Center has provided programs for people living with MS and their support partners based on founder Jimmie Heuga’s Can Do philosophy that a person can have a chronic disease and also maintain their health. My role as board president underscores my commitment to The Heuga Center’s health and wellness programs, especially the five-day CAN DO program. The Heuga Center’s Can Do philosophy, as exemplified by founder Jimmie Heuga, continues to be the basis of our programs.”
“John has been a generous and dedicated supporter of The Heuga Center since 2004,” said The Heuga Center’s CEO Kim Sharkey. “As owner of The Dusty Boot, his Dine Out for MS fundraising events have raised more than $55,000 for us. That money directly impacts our ability to provide scholarships for people with MS and their support partners to attend our CAN DO program here in Vail and across the U.S. We are excited to be under his leadership, guided by his passion and his commitment to excellence.”
The Heuga Center’s upcoming CAN DO Program takes place October 14 - 18 at The Lodge at Vail in Vail Village. Full and partial scholarships are available. Program and scholarship applications are being accepted until Sept. 9, 2009. Applications are available by calling (800) 367-3101 or online at Heuga.org.
The CAN DO program provides a unique opportunity for people with MS and their support partners to interact with 45 MS professionals. To ensure individualized attention, the CAN DO program is limited to 25 participants with MS. Each participant is encouraged to bring a support partner, often a family member or friend, who may attend the program’s support partner sessions, in addition to participating in the workshops and lectures.
Based in Edwards, Colo., The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis is a nonprofit organization leading the way with comprehensive programs that empower people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to transform and improve their quality of life.
The Heuga Center’s nationally-renowned health and wellness programs are: five-day CAN DO®, two-day CAN DO 2® and one-day JUMPSTART®.