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“Chukkers, Champagne and Caviar” is Aug. 12

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This Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation polo benefit will raise funds for facilities, new technology and programs at Aspen Valley Hospital

By Lauren Glendenning
Brought to you by Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

Aspen is a community that takes its philanthropic giving quite seriously, but that doesn't mean donors and fundraisers can't have a little fun while supporting important causes.

Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation (AVHF) is hosting its annual fundraiser, "Chukkers, Champagne and Caviar," Aug. 12 at the Aspen Valley Polo Club. Tickets range from $300 for general admission to $250,000 for a private, 50-person tent, and many levels in between.

What's a chukker, you say? It's the period of play during a polo match, for which there are typically six chukkers. The horses are rotated every chukker in order to stay fresh and strong, AVHF President and CEO Deborah Breen recently told KSNO.

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As Champagne and caviar flow beneath the field-side tent, donors can take pride in the money they've helped raise. Participants will watch some of the best players in the world take the polo field while enjoying gourmet food and beverages. They will also have the opportunity to bid on exciting live and silent auction items.

The funds raised will support the hospital's construction project, state-of-the-art technology such as new women's imaging technology, and the Hospital's ongoing operations.

Guests at this year's polo benefit will receive a VIP gift, which will feature specialty items produced in the Roaring Fork Valley such as honey, baked goods, jams, jellies and other products from area businesses.

For anyone who doesn't want to spend $300 or more on a ticket to the benefit, a free area on one side of the polo field will be available for folks to set up blankets and picnics. Those guests will also have access to shop at the vendor village, where several local retailers will set up shop for the day.

Visit the event site at avhfpolo.gesture.com, or call 970-544-1302 to purchase tickets or to learn more.

Quality care, continuing improvements

Many people do not think about healthcare until they or a family member needs care. Aspen Valley Hospital is an important asset that delivers excellent care to our small mountain community, thanks in part to the funds raised at this annual benefit.

Aspen Valley Hospital has met important goals as evidenced by high-ratings in patient satisfaction and quality of care. The Hospital recently received a coveted Five-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of more than 4,000 hospitals in the nation, only 337 received this rating. AVH is only one of seven in the state of Colorado and the only critical access hospital in the state to receive five stars.

Aspen Valley Hospital has been proudly serving the community for more than 125 years. In order to provide high quality healthcare the community deserves, the hospital continues to modernize and expand facilities, improve technology, and add space for clinics and medical specialties.

"As a result of these improvements, every clinical area is now housed in new or newly renovated space. However, we still have work to do. Funds raised at the Polo benefit will support the remaining phases of construction, which include space for The Renee and Lester Crown Center for Specialty Care, offering new space for medical specialties," according to AVHF. "It will also include a Central Atrium with upgraded registration and admissions areas to improve patient navigation to inpatient and outpatient areas."

What: “Chukkers, Champagne and Caviar,” a polo benefit for Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

When: Sunday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Aspen Valley Polo Club, 3275 County Rd. 100, Carbondale

Cost: General admission tickets are $300. VIP tickets begin at $1,500 and limited table sponsorships are available, and go up to $250,000 for the “Sport of Kings” event sponsor. Anyone not attending the event can contribute online..

On the web: Visit avhfpolo.gesture.com, or call 970-544-1302 to buy tickets or get involved.

Donations to Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation help support hospital operations and improvement projects. Here are some of the reasons that make Aspen Valley Hospital such an important resource for our community:

– 75,000 annual patient encounters

– 8,000+ annual visits to the Emergency Room

– 2,374 babies born at AVH since opening the new Aspen Birth Center in 2008

– 2,677 mammograms conducted last year

– $2 million in Cost of Charity Care offered to the community

– 98% overall ranking in patient satisfaction

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