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Around Aspen: Aspen Valley Medical Foundation

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly

In spite of the Great Recession, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, directed by Kris Marsh, provided more than $600,000 in grants, scholarships and awards during 2010.

A celebration Christmas party was held Dec. 15 at the Hotel Jerome for donors, volunteers and organizations that received funding from the Medical Foundation. This year saw the Medical Foundation establish a new, life-saving mental health program called the Aspen Hope Center. The Foundation is also helping Aspen Valley Hospital with its expansion, working on a Continuing Care Retirement Community Center and administering the Aspen Homeless Center. The organization granted more than $400,000 to 31 health and human service agencies, and distributed more than $47,000 to nearly 400 individuals and families in need of dental, prescription, vision, medical and mental health assistance in 2010. Also $80,000 was granted to health-care professionals for education opportunities. Everyone milled around at the party, talking to each other and listening to all the good things the Medical Foundation accomplishes.

Filmmaker and former Aspenite Connie Baxter Marlow and her partner Andrew Cameron Bailey have created a new film about the Great Recession called “Cops ‘n Robbers vs. The People: The Death and Rebirth of the American Dream.” It’s about the foreclosure crisis that has threatened to destroy the lives of many people on Main Street, and empower the few on Wall Street. Since the filmmakers are hit by foreclosure themselves and are living on Social Security, they are trying to fund their film with “crowd funding” and have a deadline of Feb. 14. To see a trailer of the film and learn about becoming a backer (with even $1), go to http://www.Kickstarter.com>Sedona>”Cops ‘n Robbers vs The People.

Undercurrent … I think something should be done about that slippery walk down by the Aspen Post Office, the one at the end of the little park that goes to the parking lot. It is always icy and slopes not only steeply but to the left as you are going downhill. Many people have already fallen there this year and it happens every winter. I think a railing should be built so people would have something to hold onto.