Town of Basalt Honors Longtime BEF Board Member

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Tori Thompson, with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt and Town Councilman Herschel Ross, reacts to being honored at a Town Council meeting.

Tori Thompson, with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt and Town Councilman Herschel Ross, reacts to being honored at a Town Council meeting.

Throughout the school year, the Town of Basalt honors local elementary, middle, and high school students for upholding one of the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Fairness, Caring, Responsibility or Citizenship. But the Town Council occasionally recognizes adults who enhance the quality of life of others in our community, as well.

On February 23, the Town Council celebrated Tori Thompson, who recently stepped down from the Board of Directors of the Basalt Education Foundation after serving the organization for more than a decade.

A selfless volunteer who most recently worked on securing financial sponsorships for the Taste of Basalt and the Roaring Fork Charity Classic, Tori has certainly spent countless hours on BEF’s mission: to raise funds to enhance education in the Basalt public schools.

Here’s what it said on Tori’s official “Proclamation Honoring Community Service in the Town of Basalt”:

Tori Thompson represents this month’s Pillar of Character – Caring – by being an exemplary parent and kind-hearted employee of the Roaring Fork School District. Tori has long been a substitute teacher at our schools and recently landed full-time at Basalt Elementary School. At her new position of Student Management Secretary at the front desk of BES, her tender and patient heart helps guide young students and inquisitive parents. Her welcoming and patient smile are the perfect combination for the face of Basalt Elementary School.

As a parent, her sincere and constant involvement in all three Basalt schools, whether through academics, sports or the arts, is noticeably caring. Tori appears at so many events, people wonder if she has a stunt double. She offers only words of encouragement to students, parents and colleagues.

Tori served on the Basalt Education Foundation’s Board of Directors for well over a decade. She has been a caring advocate for teacher funding and considerate liaison for the sponsors and donors. Recently, she headed up a project to personally thank all the sponsors of the Taste of Basalt with handmade art and cards from Basalt students — even after she had stepped off the Board; this was a selfless and generous gift of her time to help other BEF volunteers. Tori’s caring nature touches all those in our Basalt community. She leads with strong and meaningful values. Her passion for the care of children in our community rings loud and clear — a pillar of caring, indeed!

Congrats, Tori! BEF is so grateful for your many years of dedication to our organization.

BEF Assistant Treasurer Tara Haas and Fundraising Chair Kristen Maley were on hand for the ceremony.

BEF Assistant Treasurer Tara Haas and Fundraising Chair Kristen Maley were among the BEF board members on hand for the ceremony.

Tori Thompson is flanked by her son Cody, a BMS 7th grader, and husband Tony, President of Alpine Bank, Willits.

Tori Thompson is flanked by her son Cody, a BMS 7th grader, and husband Tony, President of Alpine Bank, Willits. She’s also mom to A.J., a junior at BHS.

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