Around Aspen: Community Foundation |

Around Aspen: Community Foundation

MEHMaking everyone welcome at the Aspen Community Foundation gathering are Tamara Tormohlen, director of the foundation, and board member Jake Mascotte with his wife, Sarah.

The nonprofit community from Aspen to Rifle has a giant Santa Claus that dispenses many of the funds that keep them afloat. It’s called the Aspen Community Foundation and it makes the connection between people who donate and the groups that need the funding.

In 2007, contributions to the Community Foundation totaled $12,222,623 and grants reached more than $7 million to 313 nonprofit organizations. Those 313 organizations are too numerous to mention, but to just name a few: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, Aspen Film, Aspen Hall of Fame, Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Anti-Defamation League, Computers for Kids, Colorado Mountain College, Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, Western Colorado Community Foundation, YouthZone, Wyly Community Art Center, Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, and Valley View Hospital Foundation.

The foundation, which is directed by Tamara Tormohlen, held a cocktail party in mid-summer to toast its major supporters. The party was hosted by board members Karen and Courtney Lord and Marcie and Robert Musser at the home of the Lords. Also in attendance were some of the organization’s grant recipients.

The Christmas parties are starting. The Aspen Chapter of the 99’s is hosting its annual Pilots’ Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hotel Lenado in Aspen. All aviation enthusiasts are invited to come celebrate the holidays and talk flying. It is free and open to the public, with “potluck” appetizers and desserts and a cash bar. For more information, call Polly Ross at 925-5510 or Cindy at 927-9690.

Undercurrent … Ready or not … here we go into the winter ski season!

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