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An amazing experience

Dear Editor:It never ceases to amaze me how one small community can support so many worthy causes and organizations.This past weekend, Aspenites and visitors from the Front Range and around the United States gathered to participate in the Aspen Youth Experience 10th annual Aspen Celebrity Downhill, presented by John and Selene Devaney, United Capital Markets and Aspen Executive Jet. It was nothing short of phenomenal as an average of 300 to 500 guests were involved in not one or two, but six major events over the course of two days.An undertaking of this magnitude would simply not be possible without the dedication, support, passion, devotion and love of so many individuals and companies, who provide untold hours of time, massive amounts of financial resources, in-kind and pro bono services, auction items, and more to support AYE. This massive outpouring enables AYE to save young peoples’ lives by empowering them to make positive life-changing choices, here in the Roaring Fork Valley and cities around the nation.On behalf of our incredible board and wonderful staff, I want to extend my deepest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to each and every person, business, and organization – from donors to volunteers, bidders to auction contributors, amazing sponsors, and the many others who make this weekend such a huge success. More importantly, on behalf of every AYE youth, whose life is made better by your participation, thank you!Bennett A. Bramson, executive directorAspen Youth Experience