Ridgway couples recognized for charity

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Virus prompted O’Learys, Lichtenbelts to create Ouray County Response Fund to help those in need

  • Left to right, Patrick and Marti O’Leary and Cat and Barthold Lichtenbelt were recognized as the 2020 Citizen of the Year by the Telluride Foundation for their establishment of the Ouray County Response Fund in the wake of the COVID-ig pandemic. Photo by Koen Lichtenbelt — Special to the Plaindealer
    Left to right, Patrick and Marti O’Leary and Cat and Barthold Lichtenbelt were recognized as the 2020 Citizen of the Year by the Telluride Foundation for their establishment of the Ouray County Response Fund in the wake of the COVID-ig pandemic. Photo by Koen Lichtenbelt — Special to the Plaindealer
When the pandemic reached Ouray County back in March, two Ridgway couples couldn’t stop thinking about how hard the impacts would hit their neighbors. Would they have enough to eat? Would they have enough for rent? Would they financially survive this ongoing emergency that had upended their lives? How could they help keep people afloat during this crisis, not knowing when it would end? Concerned…

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