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A worthy cause

Dear Editor:On behalf of Action in Africa, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a large thank you to all of those involved with our fundraiser for Invisible Children last week. Through our ticket sales, donations, and our silent auction we were able to raise close to $10,000 to support a high school in northern Uganda. Perhaps more importantly, we were able to dialogue and spread an awareness regarding the use of children soldiers in Uganda.A special thanks to local businesses that donated items for our silent auction: Hotel Jerome, Stapleton Sports, Paradise Bakery, Krabloonik, Lush, Le Tub, Take 2, The Range, Replay Sports, Cantina, Matt Wells Photos, Bandana Kids, Kenichi, Bright and Shiny Things, Christy Sports, Incline Ski Shop, Harmony Scott Jewelry, Avalon Salon, Ian Wagner Tutoring, Gene Taylors, KSPN Radio, Resortworks, Val’s Gourmet, Cracks and Racks, Isis, Alp Video, Butcher’s Block, Miner’s Building, Sunset Ski, Lance Finkbeiner Photos, L’Hostaria, Radio Boardshop, Elle Stark T-shirts, Elevation, Footloose and Fancy Things, Attic Fantasies, Silvertree Hotel, Matsuhisa, Misstyx, Aspen Leaf Soap Factory, Salon Tullio, Two Rivers Café, Basalt Bike & Ski, B Jewel, Jimmy’s, Nuages, Montagna, MJM Photography, Judith Rikpka Collection, original artwork by AHS IB Art Seniors, Little Bear Antiques, Kathryn Penn Designs, Aspen Sports, King Yoga, and the Aspen Club.We would also like to thank Action in Africa club members, Amanda Cunningham and Steve Pike, AHS Dance Team, B Earth Day Club, Invisible Children rep’s, Zach Crittenden and Ski Co., Meet the Press with Olivia and Caitlyn, Sarah Benson, Denis Cyrus, and the Andy McCracken theater operations team.Yesterday, March 1, over one hundred of our elementary, middle school, and high school students took a “vow of silence” to bring awareness and raise money for children in the world who do not have a voice. All proceeds will be used to build a school in rural Kenya. Through education we will give families hope and give children a chance to break out of their cycle of poverty and realize their full potential. When children have educational opportunities, nobody can keep them silent.As you can see, Action in Africa has taken it upon ourselves to help alleviate global issues through education and action. We are extending an open invitation to our community to join us in our endeavors. Please consider helping us as we sponsor a school in northern Uganda (Invisible Children) and build another school in rural Kenya (Free the Children). We are a bit more than half way to our goal of raising $25,000 this year for these schools. Donations can be sent to: Action in Africa, Aspen High School, 0235 HS Road, Aspen, 81611. More information can be found at our website: http://actioninafrica.tripod.com or feel free to call 429-3568. Please take the time to be informed.Lance FinkbeinerHaley KaufmanSarah NiningerAction in Africa

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