tw telecom Wins $100,000 Charitable Donation from Vail Resorts for SungateKids

LITTLETON, Colo., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- tw telecom inc. (NASDAQ: TWTC), a Douglas County-based national provider of voice, Internet and data networking solutions for businesses in Colorado and across the U.S., won the Gold Medal and a $100,000 donation from Vail Resorts for SungateKids, as part of the 2013-2014 Vail Ski Challenge.  SungateKids is a Denver area-based non-profit children's advocacy center for victims of child abuse and their families. 

"The competition was challenging and fun, and we are so grateful to Vail Resorts for not only the invitation to participate but their considerable generosity," said Larissa Herda, tw telecom Chairman and CEO and captain of Team Herda.  "At the end of the day, those who really benefit are the children and people who are served by all of these wonderful organizations. That is what makes this all worthwhile."

"The Vail Ski Challenge is a perfect example of teamwork that makes a difference.  We are forever grateful to Vail Resorts for their creativity and generosity in coming up with the challenge, and to our unbelievably dedicated and wonderful team from tw telecom who gave so much of themselves to win this challenge for us.  And we are most grateful for the support this provides to the children and families we serve," said Diana Goldberg, Executive Director of SungateKids.

After nearly five months of skiing at the 26 ski resorts associated with Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, ten teams fought to the end to win Vail Resorts charitable dollars for their charity of choice. When the Challenge came to an end the top three teams were:

  • Gold Medal: Team Herda, captained by Larissa Herda (Chairman & CEO of tw telecom), $100,000 Vail Resorts donation to SungateKids
  • Silver Medal: Team Salem, captained by Hassan Salem (President of US Bank Colorado), $65,000 Vail Resorts donation to Judi's House
  • Bronze Medal:  Team Lynne, captained by Donna Lynne (President of Kaiser Permanente Colorado), $40,000 Vail Resorts donation to Denver Public Schools Foundation

"Thank you to all the Team Captains, charities, and participants for making the Vail Ski Challenge a huge success.  We were thrilled by the dedication and passion each team demonstrated for its charity, and we could not be happier to award the $250,000 event purse to these ten deserving organizations – we know these dollars will directly benefit the great work each charity does in Colorado," said Rob Katz, Chairman and CEO, Vail Resorts.

Charities receiving charitable contributions from this year's Vail Ski Challenge are:  A Precious Child, ACE Scholarships, Children's Hospital Colorado, Craig Hospital, Concerts for Kids, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Judi's House, RailsBridge, SungateKids, and Urban Peak.

SungateKids is a national leader in providing forensic interviews to child victims of crime.  Victims of abuse are interviewed by trained forensic interviewers in a safe environment.  SungateKids is accredited by the National Children's Alliance and provides support services to victims and their families. The interviews conducted at SungateKids are instrumental in prosecuting perpetrators of abuse.

About Vail Resorts, Inc.
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is

About SungateKids
SungateKids, a 501c3 organization, based in Denver, is a national leader in providing forensic interviews and support for child victims of crime and abuse.  SungateKids' nationally recognized forensic interviewers provide families with hope and healing and are trained experts in the art and science of interviewing children. These experts help children safely reveal the truth about a crime.  Last year, SungateKids' forensic interviewers conducted more than 700 interviews and provided ancillary services and ongoing support to more than 1,000 children and their non-offending family members. For more information, visit

About tw telecom inc.
tw telecom, headquartered in Littleton, Colo., is a leading national provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally. tw telecom also delivers secure, scalable private connections for transport data networking, Internet access, voice, VPN, VoIP and security to large organizations and communications services companies. Employing a resilient fiber network infrastructure, robust product portfolio and its own Intelligent Network capabilities, tw telecom delivers customers overall economic value, an industry-leading quality service experience, and improved business productivity. Please visit for more information.

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