Perot Family Gifts Advance Chapel Construction

Posted on July 14, 2021

Support the Vail Interfaith Chapel

WHY?

The Vail Interfaith Chapel is the spiritual heart of Vail.  Without it, guests and residents cannot worship any of the six faiths that gather here. It is also the community center for the Town of Vail – a cultural and historical icon use by over 50,000 people annually. After 50+ years of constant use,  improvements are needed to improve the building’s structural and aesthetic integrity.

– 34,000 residents and guests attend religious services annually

– 100 families served with emergency shelter in winter storms in past 5 years

– 4,200 fans at 16 Bravo! Vail concerts and discussions each year

– 10,608 people annually attend 14 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week

– $15 million minimum annual revenue driven to wedding-related businesses through the Vail Valley

The Vail Interfaith Chapel and Ministry Building are used for non-religious purposes approximately 60% of the time.

Perot Family Gifts Advance Chapel Construction

H. Ross Perot, Jr., Sarah Fullinwider Perot, Margot Perot, H. Ross Perot. Photo courtesy www.smu.edu

Major gifts totaling $500,000 enhance Chapel’s fundraising effort

July 14, 2021  –  Vail, CO  – The Perot Foundation and the Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. Foundation donated $250,000 each to the Vail Interfaith Chapel’s $10 million Capital Campaign, bringing the total raised in Phase 1 of the campaign to $3.8 million. 

 Ross Perot and his wife Margot have a long history in Vail, having purchased their home in the mid-1970s.  Ross, who died in 2019, and Margot spent the past several decades enjoying time in Vail with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

 “This gift to the Chapel is part of Ross’ legacy,” said Margot. “We chose Vail because of our love of skiing, the outdoors and the beauty of the mountains. We also made some wonderful friends early on. As a center of the community’s spirituality and history, we felt retaining the Chapel for years to come is very important. We hope this inspires others to do the same.”

“The Chapel is at the heart of what makes this such a special community,” said Sarah Perot, President of the Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. Foundation. “It has been important to our family for many years and it’s revitalization is essential for the town.”

Projects completed in Phase 1 included much-needed roof replacement and solar panel installation. Phase 2 takes place this fall and includes additional window replacements, the east parking lot repaving and snow melt, sidewalk reconfiguration and snow melt and Chapel elevator replacement. 

In 2022, work will focus on renovating the entry circle and stairs, improving creek side spaces, window replacement, replacing original electrical and heating systems, ADA access, and other interior remodeling to update fixtures.   

“The Vail Religious Foundation is sincerely grateful for the Perot family’s gifts,” said Pastor Tim Wilbanks, Vail Religious Foundation President. “Their support is critical to the momentum of the campaign as we kick off Phase 2. These buildings have to be renovated or we risk losing the heart of the Vail community.”

For more information or to support the Vail Interfaith Chapel today, call (970) 476-3347.