CCLOA Founder Passes Away, Scholarship Started

Editors Note: This is a letter distributed by the Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association after the loss of its founder. 

The Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) lost a founder and lifetime member last week, Edith Marie Seppi. The Seppi’s built Leadville’s Sugar Loafin’ RV Campground in the 1960s. From CCLOA’s creation in 1969, through several setbacks over the decades, side-by-side with other loyal members, Edith’s tireless dedication to CCLOA lasted through the decades.

Click here to read her obituary.

Her son Don has owned the campground in more recent years and he is CCLOA’s vice president.

Losing one of the original founders led the Executive Committee to form our brand new CCLOA’s Founders Memorial Scholarship Fund (FMSF).

Donations to this fund are in lieu of flowers or other memorial donations. We hope others will also see the value of commemorating and honoring loved ones through this program.

Scholarships will be made available to eligible members for use toward education fees through the national Association of RV Parks and Campground’s (ARVC) National School of RV Park & Campground Management, or the Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE). The intention is to provide assistance as a means of also inspiring dedicated leaders of tomorrow for the Colorado campground industry.

The criteria and policies to receive a scholarship will be announced in early 2018.

With this Founders Memorial Scholarship Fund, CCLOA honors the founders and all past leaders, and even every member who has ever supported its mission. Because of them, CCLOA has been making a positive impact for 48 years on Colorado tourism, public affairs in Denver and Washington D.C., individual businesses, local communities, and more, not to mention the unfathomable number of camping guests.

If you would like to donate to CCLOA’s FMSF, please send your check to CCLOA with a memo line indicating FMSF. Please also indicate who is being honored, so we can notify the family of your contribution.

Donations are not classified as donations to a charitable organization; they’re in lieu of flowers (how you would normally document such an expense of yours).

CCLOA gives thanks to Edith and her colleagues who saw the need to form an association for campground owners. Our deepest and sincerest condolences are with Edith’s entire family, especially Don.

Mary Arlington, Executive Director of CCLOA

P.S. It’s our plan to create an online reference to all who have been honored through contributions. If you make a contribution in honor (living), or memory (deceased), of someone who’s had a role in CCLOA (other than Edith Seppi), please submit a photo (if possible). Donation funds won’t be spent on the online site; all proceeds donated to the fund will go to scholarships.


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