“Hike. Hope. Heal.” That’s the name of the first fundraiser for Aspen Strong, a new Roaring Fork foundation that supports mental-health awareness and works to reduce the stigma of mental health.
It will hold its first fundraiser from 7:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Heron Park at Aspen. Attendees have the option of hiking up Smuggler Mountain and returning to the park for music, gift bags, T-shirts, and information booths from Roaring Fork Valley organizations that assist and support parents and children with mental health issues.
Cost is $25. Registration can be done by visiting aspenstrong.org/register or by calling 970-300-5195. Event sponsors include Devlin Financial Services, Smiddy Limo, Balentine Collections, The Aspen Store, The Aspen Fire Department, Craig Barnes Construction, and Forum Phi.
Christina King, a licensed professional counselor, founded Aspen Strong in February with three other board members; the board now totals five.
“I started the organization to raise awareness for mental health in the Roaring Fork Valley,” King said. “We connect resources by bringing together local mental health professionals with patients, and we raise monies for the Mental Health Fund so that anyone who needs treatment and cannot afford it can get help now.”
Aspen Strong is currently building a database that will be presented Saturday and will be up and running in mid-September. Local mental-health professionals and organizations can log in and set up their own profile listing the services they offer, and patients will be able to use the web.