Mountain Mayhem: Flamingo 2018

by May Selby
Photos by C2 Photography
AEF Board Chairman Raifie Bass, donors John and Jeannie Seybold, and AEF Executive Director Brooke Bedingfield.
Chris Council and Emily Chaplin |

Aspen Education Foundation’s annual Flamingo fundraiser filled the ballroom at The St. Regis Aspen on Jan. 13. Families, faculty and supporters at large joined for an evening in the name of education, beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the new Velvet Buck restaurant followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing in the ballroom. The following day, AEF Executive Director Brooke Bedingfield joyfully relayed the news via email that the evening’s fundraising goals were met thanks to the generosity of all who attended.

Founded in 1991, AEF was created to fund extraordinary programs across five schools — Aspen Elementary School, Aspen Middle School, Aspen High School, Aspen Community School, and Aspen Cottage Preschool. Over the years, AEF has played a critical role in supporting programs such as Outdoor Education, Literacy and Numeracy, Aeronautics, Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, and College Counseling. Since its origins, the foundation has invested more than $11 million on programs, positions, and facilities that benefit students in grades K-12, all made possible through donations made by the Aspen community.

AEF’s goal is to get 100 percent participation from all families in the district since every student benefits from the programs that the organization funds. All donations — no matter how much — make a difference and contribute to the vitality of the educational experiences at our five schools. For more information and to contribute to education, visit

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