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A full house of poker sponsors

Dear Editor:

The Snowmass Rotary Club thanks all who participated in its second annual Texas hold ’em poker tournament.

The success of this event has enabled our charitable foundation to support local nonprofits and international causes. Last year our club supported Challenge Aspen, Lift-Up, Pathfinders, Christmas Wish Foundation, Little Red Schoolhouse, YouthZone, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Extreme Sports Camp, Basalt High School scholarships, and the Dictionary Project, which gifted dictionaries to Aspen and Basalt third-graders. International projects we supported include Japan Disaster Relief, Boquete Panama Library project, Africa Bicycle Relief and Rotary International’s ongoing Polio Eradication project.

Such a successful fundraiser would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Our thanks go to the Silvertree Hotel, which graciously provided a perfect venue. Our gold sponsors included Challenge Aspen and the Woods Bliss Co. Silver sponsors were Allen Adger/Fishbrain and Trout, and Village Market. Bronze sponsors included Base Camp Bar and Grill, Alpine Property Management, Village Tavern, Rossmore Enterprises, Alpine Bank, Scott Sigler, Howard Rudge and Mel Spira.

Friends of Rotary comprised Andrews Associates, Merrill Bradley, the Greenwald Foundation and Woodrun V. In-kind sponsors were Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen Public Radio, KSNO, Silvertree Hotel, Snowmass Club, Snowmass Hospitality and Sundance Liquors.

Special thanks go to Snowmass Rotarians Martha O’Keefe and Randy Woods for their hard work to make this fundraiser a success. We also thank the countless poker players who contributed to our funds through ticket purchases, and numerous local businesses who donated raffle items. Our club appreciates any and all support for our fundraising efforts – you ultimately are helping us to help others.

The Snowmass Rotary Club is a small but passionate group of individuals who do what it takes, in fun ways, to make our community a better place and to help those in need. We focus our fundraising on two annual events, the Poker Tournament in March and the Snowmass Wine Festival in September. Please go to http://www.snowmasswinefestival.com for information about our not-to-be-missed Wine Festival, and http://www.snowmassrotary.org for general information about the Snowmass Rotary Club.

See you in September!

Gary Hartman

President, Snowmass Rotary Club

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