Community celebrates Aspen Valley Hospital’s 125th anniversary with carnival event |

Community celebrates Aspen Valley Hospital’s 125th anniversary with carnival event

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron (left, shown with AVH Interim CEO Terry Collins) declared September 10, 2016 “Aspen Valley Hospital Day.”

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Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

Last Saturday, hundreds of community members turned out to celebrate Aspen Valley Hospital’s (AVH) 125th anniversary with a carnival-like celebration on the hospital campus. For a suggested donation of $1.25, guests enjoyed a full barbecue luncheon catered by AVH’s own Castle Creek Café. Billed as “food and fun for the entire family,” the afternoon lived up to its name. While adults participated in a hospital trivia contest led by Ginny Dyche, Director of Community Relations, children were treated to various games and activities, including bounce houses, face painting, photo booth fun, balloon animals, and a visit from “Buttons the Clown.”

Volunteers were also on hand to lead tours of the newly-installed “Hall of History,” which chronicles the hospital’s milestones since its inception in 1891. The tour finished in the East Entrance, where archival scrapbooks, as well as an architectural model of the to-be-completed hospital, were available to view.

The event started appropriately at 1:25 p.m. with a welcome from Terry Collins, AVH’s Interim CEO, who said, “Look at this building. It was all made possible thanks to the vision of our founding fathers, the perseverance of the people who have lived here over the generations, and the support of communities past and present. Thank you, to all of you.”

Leading the celebratory sparkling cider toast was John Sarpa, AVH Foundation’s Vice President, who recognized the community-at-large, patients, donors and staff, and acknowledged all of the kids present who were born at AVH.

Twirp Anderson, a local legend in the Aspen area, brought his mix of country, Celtic, bluegrass and John Denver covers to the event, entertaining both the young and old with his guitar-picking cowboy style.

The Foundation is encouraging residents to be modern day miners and make their mark by giving “a day’s wages,” as supporters encouraged miners to do in 1891 when the first hospital was built in Aspen. The average silver miner’s donation was $3.50. When rolled forward, the equivalent value today is approximately $300, or $25 a month. Everyone in our community is invited to make a gift that is personally meaningful to them to commemorate the hospital’s 125 years of service.

This update is brought to you by Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation. Reach us at or 970.544.1302.

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