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Toning down the party

Dear Editor:At the recent public update of the Mountains to Mississippi relief project that the Roaring Fork Valley is providing for Pearlington, Miss., I had a conversation with Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Kay-Clapper.She mentioned the letter in the paper regarding the place where I work in Glenwood Springs. We had a vote in which the large majority of our staff decided to scale back our Christmas party and give the savings to the Pearlington fund (we have 90 people). That letter apparently led to a similar vote by the Pitkin County staff, and also resulted with a majority of their staff voting to modify their Christmas party for the benefit of the Pearlington project.Funds are still needed for our valley’s efforts to continue in Pearlington. I urge the workers of this valley to help this idea catch on and fuel the relief effort, which is creating a legacy that makes us proud to be a part of the Roaring Fork Valley.Getting back to the update, Ron Leach, Carbondale fire chief, (credited with starting this relief effort) presented a slide show that was incredibly poignant. It showed what existence was like after Hurricane Katrina and what life is like now in Pearlington. Ron gave much credit to the Rotary, Aspen Valley and Valley View hospitals, local governments, teachers, students, many, many individuals and did I mention the Rotary? Ron did several times.If your workplace is planning a Christmas party, large or small, it will have an extra warm feeling if you join in the Christmas Party for Pearlington effort.Gary PaxCarbondale

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