Ron Gilmer - Board Member

Ron was volunteering for AIDS activities in 1988 in Palm Beach, Florida, working with Mother’s Cupboard when he met his future partner, Robert Presley, for whom the Telluride AIDS Benefit was conceived. 

Passionate about many varied subjects, Ron worked as research diver traveling the world to study jellyfish, prior to attending the Culinary Institute of America in San Francisco. While living in San Francisco he served as the kitchen manager at Project Open Hand, feeding 1800 AIDS clients every day. Ron then discovered Telluride and helped Chuck Kroger and Kathy Green start BONE construction in 1980, and moved to Telluride full time in 1991. He has been involved with TAB since its inception in 1994.

Ron married Robert on the town park stage in July of 1995 in front of 400 howling guests! The Presbyterian minister who officiated received grief from the church for years afterwards. Ron served on various Colorado AIDS councils from 1998-2012.  

A highly involved Telluride community member, Ron has served as Chairman of the Board for the Telluride Commission for Community Assistance Arts and Special Events (CCAASE) from 2002-2014, Co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee for the R1 School District in 2003-2004, which built the Michael Palm Theater, and Telluride Foundation Board Member from 2003-2013. Being gay and living in Telluride for 22 years, and having lost 2 lovers to AIDS, Ron wanted to show that gay people can make a difference and be contributing members of their communities. He currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with 2 cats and 300 orchids.

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