All-school dance in Basalt to assist Haiti effort
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – High school students from Aspen to New Castle will get together at a dance in Basalt on Friday night to raise money for Haitian children.
“We are hoping to get a minimum of 500 students there,” said Tony Mendez, a Basalt High School student who is helping organize the event with Nancy Hernandez. It will cost $10 to enter so the event could raise as much as $5,000. Proceeds will be donated to the Mercy and Sharing Foundation, a 15-year-old nonprofit created by Joe and Susie Krabacher of Aspen to assist orphans and other kids in Haiti.
Seann Goodman, who teaches U.S. history and leadership at Basalt High School, said students thought up the idea for the event and have handled the planning. The student council at Basalt quickly got endorsements for the idea from the student councils at the high schools of Aspen, Roaring Fork in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Coal Ridge near New Castle.
Mendez said the high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley have collaborated on all-school dances before, but not as a benefit. An all-school dance was being discussed for this year, and Basalt students felt the timing was right for a fundraiser for the Haiti earthquake victims.
“Seeing all the news about it makes you want to help,” Mendez said.
Coal Ridge was added to the event because the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams compete in Basalt on Friday night.
The Dance for Haiti will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight at Basalt High School. All students will be required to show a school identification to enter, Goodman said. Breathalyzer tests will be administered at the door and any student who registers positive for alcohol won’t be admitted.
The high school dance is the latest in a series of fundraisers that Roaring Fork Valley residents have organized to assist Haiti.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
WineInk columnist Kelly J. Hayes rounds up the stories and trends in the wine world as it emerges into a post-vaccine summer.