Mountain Mayhem: An Evening on the Lake |

Mountain Mayhem: An Evening on the Lake

Steve and Carrie Bellotti, Bill and Jess Budinger. May Selby photo.

On a resplendent mid-summer night, friends and supporters of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies gathered for an “Evening on the Lake” on July 14. The 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen, donated by ACES founder Elizabeth Paepcke in 1968 when she started the non-profit, was as verdant as ever while the sun-dappled Hallam Lake sparkled in the evening light. During cocktail hour, guests mingled, admired the resident red-tailed hawk and eagle who bore witness to the festivities, posed for party pix amidst life-size ACES letters and animal props, enjoyed appetizers from Chef Mark Fischer and varietals from Margerum Wine Company. As the 2016 honoree, M. Sanjayan, executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International, served as keynote speaker during dinner. Throughout the evening, canoe rides were available to all to take a peaceful tour and closer look at life on the preserve. As ACES’ primary summer benefit, the event raises funds for environmental science education programs offered to the entire community — both local and visiting, from schoolchildren to leaders and decision makers. Save the date for next year’s An Evening on the Lake, Thursday, July 13, 2017. In the interim, be sure to pencil two upcoming ACES events on your calendar: the Fall Colors Membership Potluck (Sept. 22 at the Catto Center at Toklat); and the Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch (Oct. 15), which is a fundraiser for ACES Ed. ACES Ed are environmental science education classes that are curriculum-integrated and offered every day in Aspen, Basalt and Crystal River elementary schools, as well as field science programs for 48 regional schools.

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