My favorite memory of Strings is, “The Persuasions singing Happy Birthday to Gloria Gossard.”
|The Persuasians at the Strings Tent – 1995|
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we want to say “thank you” to Gloria Gossard. This remarkable woman had a contagious sense of humor, a love of the community, and a generous spirit. Gloria Gossard began her work with Strings Music Festival in the late 1980s and went on to become a board member from 1993 to 2000. She loved attending Strings concerts and set the record for the most concerts ever attended.
In the community she is remembered as the 1998 Philanthropist of the Year, the 2000 winner of the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence, the 2008 winner of the biennial Steamboat Springs Heritage Award, and for the Gloria Gossard Park on Emerald Mountain. From history, to the arts, to the environment, Steamboat Springs would not be what it is today without her.