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Due to his extraordinary community service through the years, Billy "Senior" Mahoney has been selected as 2011Outstanding Citizen. The Telluride Foundation created its Outstanding Citizen award in 2003 to honor San Miguel County residents who make remarkable and unselfish contributions to the region.



"Senior Mahoney is a living legend of Telluride," said Joanne Corzine-Brown, Co-Chairman of the Board of the Telluride Foundation. "He was raised in Telluride, worked in the mines, help to create the ski area and has been involved in numerous nonprofits. Telluride is fortunate to have been impacted by this great man."



Senior Mahoney started calling Telluride home at the age of three and still does today as he celebrates his 83rd birthday with his wife of 62 years, Twylla. He grew up the son of Telluride Marshal and San Miguel County Sheriff, Tom Mahoney. Senior attended Telluride public school and served in the Navy after graduation. After returning home, he became a hard-rock miner with the Idarado Mining Company and later became Telluride's first ski area employee after Joe Zoline hired him. Senior developed the ski mountain and helped shape the ski industry. For his contributions, Senior was inducted to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.



Senior served four terms on Telluride Town Council and was the "highest vote getter" in 1972 and 1974. The Mahoneys continue to assist anyone with their Telluride historical and family research. They have donated much mining and ski memorabilia to the Museum, the Town and other entities in the Telluride Region, as well as to the Colorado Ski Museum.



"Mahoney Drive is more than a street. It represents the commitment and dedication of four generations of a Telluride mining family to build a ski area, to lead a successful transition to that new economy and to literally build and serve its two communities in many important ways," Pam Pettee, friend and nominator of Senior Mahoney for Outstanding Citizen Award.


The Telluride Foundation's Outstanding Citizen award is given in recognition of someone who has unselfishly contributed to our community's quality of life. Senior will receive a commemorative plaque and a grant of $5,000 to be given in his name to the local non-profit of his choice. Senior shares the honor of the Outstanding Citizen award with the previous recipients: Andrea, Greer & Dan Garner (2010) Marilyn Branch (2009), Kathy Green (2008), Jane Hickcox and John Pryor(2007), Bill Carstens (2006), John Micetic (2005), Lissa Margetts (2004), and Terry Tice (2003) as Outstanding Citizens of the. Annually nominations are solicited from the entire community and elected by the Telluride Foundation Board of Directors.


A community barbeque in honor of Senior Mahoney will take place at the Telluride Historical Museum on Thursday, August 25th from 4:30 - 6:30p.m . The celebration will include a short presentation profiling Senior and his many contributions to the community.


The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a non-profit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit