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A spirit of caring

Dear Editor:The CRMS community was extremely fortunate to have the support of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River communities in three great events this fall. These three events: the Hurricane Relief Concert, the Parent Online and Silent Auctions, and the Pakistan earthquake victims’ coat drive embellish a spirit of caring and community that makes one grateful to live in this valley.The Hurricane Katrina Relief fund-raiser was a grassroots relief effort that proved a simple idea could not only raise funds for a great cause, but also allow our community an opportunity to get together, listen to some great music by the Hell Roaring String Band and enjoy homemade chili and desserts donated by the CRMS students and families. The event raised over $2,700, which was given to the Carbondale Katrina Relief Fund. This fund-raising event gave the CRMS community and all those who attended from throughout the valley, a feeling of empowerment – knowing their attendance would make a difference.The annual parent-initiated CRMS Online and Silent auctions in November also received a tremendous amount of support from philanthropic individuals and businesses from all sectors of the valley and beyond. The auctions were a success with over $37,000 raised for the financial aid program. Money raised through the auction will allow many students who desire our unique program the opportunity to attend. It will also increase economic diversity among our student population. Lastly, I would like to thank all those who gave their coats, hats, gloves, sleeping bags and tents to the Pakistan earthquake victims’ coat drive. The response from our great community was overwhelming. Donations from the CRMS dropoff point alone filled an entire U-Haul truck plus two full-size pickup trucks. Combined with Aspen Mountain Search and Rescue, 4.4 tons of warm-weather clothing left the Roaring Fork Valley. All items donated have cleared customs in Pakistan and are currently being distributed by DHL, just in time for the cold weather months. The combined efforts of the American Alpine Club, the Pakistan Alpine Club, Sallie Shatz and Mountain Rescue Aspen, Aspen Maintenance & Supply, RAC Transport, CRMS staff and students, DHL and numerous local volunteers will allow many in Pakistan the warmth necessary to survive the harsh northern Pakistan winter. Also, gratitude goes to all the local radio stations, newspapers, and local chamber newsletters, for their continued coverage of CRMS events. Together, we are a strong and caring community. Thank you!Michelle WilliamsCRMS special events coordinator/parent liaisonCarbondale

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