Happy Labor Day. For most of us, today is about taking time away from our work. But before we fire up the grill, pull on our hiking boots or head to the store, let’s pause to appreciate the true meaning of the day: recognizing the contributions of the American worker.

I’d like to take this opportunity to appreciate a hard-working colleague who isn’t with us anymore.

Wendy Kale covered the music scene in Boulder for more than 20 years. Through her work, she gave struggling new artists hope and helped draw fans to local clubs, bars and restaurants. She was found dead on August 2 in her apartment. She was 58.

Kale leaves behind a legacy of solid journalism and a love of music that touched everyone who knew her, including those of us who were lucky enough to work with her at the Colorado Daily and Daily Camera. In order to further this legacy, Kale’s friends have created the Wendy Kale Scholarship Fund. The aim of the fund is to honor her memory and raise enough money to provide annual $1,000 scholarships at the University of Colorado in her name.

We could use your help. Spread the word to your family and friends, and donate if you’re able. You can either visit commfound.org and click on the “Donate Now” button or send your contribution to the Wendy Kale Scholarship Fund, c/o The Community Foundation, 1123 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302.