City ‘pays it forward’ to Sherpas

Golden mayor presents proclamation honoring local Sherpas’ work

Posted 9/26/16

Some Golden Sherpas received a special proclamation from Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan during a Sept. 22 city council meeting.

Among those recognized were Lhakpa Sherpa, an immigrant from Nepal and owner of the Sherpa House Restaurant and Culture …

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City ‘pays it forward’ to Sherpas

Golden mayor presents proclamation honoring local Sherpas’ work

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Some Golden Sherpas received a special proclamation from Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan during a Sept. 22 city council meeting.

Among those recognized were Lhakpa Sherpa, an immigrant from Nepal and owner of the Sherpa House Restaurant and Culture Center near the corner of 15th Street and Washington Avenue in Golden; his American sponsors, Elliot Brown and Wanda Blackburn; and several accomplished Sherpas who have summited Mount Everest a combined total of 53 times.

The proclamation reads that while Lhakpa Sherpa has achieved the American success story, he stays connected to his homeland. Lhakpa Sherpa’s nonprofit, called Hike for Help, regularly takes American volunteers to Nepal, where they help build schools, clinics and trails. As a U.S. citizen, Lhakpa Sherpa now sponsors other Sherpas who want to come to Colorado to work or attend college.

Paying it forward is a motto that is important to Lhakpa Sherpa, Blackburn said.

“It’s incredible what he’s done,” she said. “He feels so privileged for the opportunities he has received.”

Lhakpa Sherpa is honored to have received the proclamation, he said, and is proud his fellow Sherpas have been recognized by the City of Golden.

Sherpas are humble, hard-working and honest, he said.

“Wherever they go, they make good friends,” Lhakpa Sherpa said. “They are some of the most wonderful people.”

Golden Sherpas, Golden, Sherpa House Restaurant and Culture Center

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