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Around Aspen: Bella Sera

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly

MEHThe honorees at Bella Sera 2011, the annual benefit for National Jewish Health are, left to right, Betty Davis Gates, Bob Gates and Betty Weiss.

This is the fifth summer that National Jewish Health (formerly National Jewish Hospital) of Denver held a gala summer benefit at the Maroon Creek Club for Aspen supporters. National Jewish Health is a worldwide leader in the treatment and research of respiratory, cardiac and immune diseases.

The organization now offers medical services in an Aspen Valley Hospital Adult Care Clinic and a Pediatric Care Clinic in Aspen Valley Hospital, and in clinics in Basalt and New Castle.

On hand to announce this year’s honorees, Betty Davis Gates, Bob Gates and Betty Weiss, were Dr. Michael Salem, the president and CEO of National Jewish, and Thomas Gart, chairman of the board of directors of National Jewish.

A reminder that it’s almost ski season again … the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame has announced the individuals who will be inducted into the 2011 Hall of Fame at a banquet on Friday, Nov. 4, in Denver. To be inducted this year will be Chris Klug of Aspen, Olympic snowboarder and an inspiration because after a successful liver transplant (he is the only transplant recipient to ever compete in the Winter Olympics); Ron Allred, who led the effort to transform Telluride from a former mining town to a ski resort; Jack Benedick, who lost both legs in Vietnam but took up skiing and has become adaptive sports most influential advocate; Charles Elliott, who was the driving force behind the Wolf Creek Ski Area in the San Luis Valley region; and John Garnsey, who was responsible for various mountain operations on Vail Mountain and at Beaver Creek Resort.

A most recent achievement for Garnsey – he co-chaired the committee that secured the winning bid to return the World Alpine Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek for a third time in 2015.

Undercurrent … It’s been such a short summer because we had people skiing into June!