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A community rallies

Dear Editor:What an amazing community we live in! As many know, my husband Bill Spang died in a rafting accident on the Eagle River on June 5. As he left me, our 8-year-old daughter Kristen and his two stepchildren Greg and Katrina without life insurance, friends came together to put on a fundraiser for our family. Although there are a lot of people who all helped in many ways, and I am grateful to them all, I would like to thank first and foremost my friend Brenda Brokamp, without whom this event would not have happened. Over a period of nearly three months, Brenda spent countless days, nights and everything in between organizing, soliciting donations, inviting friends, you name it. The second major player in putting on this event was my new friend Myra O’Brien. Myra, who didn’t even know me a month ago, latched onto this project and never let go. Thank you Myra for all the hard work and money you put into making this event as successful as it was. A huge thank-you also goes to Michael Goldberg and Kim Munday of the Belly Up for providing the venue and being so easy to work with on the logistics of it all.My sincere gratitude goes out to each and every one who donated items to the Silent Auction, from small to big! Although I wish I could mention everyone (there were more than 170 items donated!!), I would like to give credit to a few of the major contributors – the Aspen Club, The Aspen Goldsmith/Frank Heger, Aspen Skiing Co., Basalt Wine/Richard Chelec, Blue Tent Marketing/Peter Scott, Janice Cowan, Gems of Aspen/Cindi Davis, the Hotel Jerome, Kyle & Kirsten Johnstone, Kissane Viola Design/Katie Viola, the Hotel Lenado, Ken & Donna Lewis, Jim & Jane Luginbuhl, Kevin & Myra O’Brien, Secure Environment Systems/Derek Mitchell, the Snowmass Club, Snowmass Sports, and the Viceroy Hotel.Last but not least, thanks so much to all those who came to the fundraiser to bid on the items. There were about 200 people – some of them I knew well, others I hadn’t seen in years, and still others I had never met – you all made it a great success. Aspen is a special place to live in, and I am honored to be part of this great and generous community.Silke SpangAspen

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