Around Aspen: Sojourner salutes |

Around Aspen: Sojourner salutes

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
Hosting the Sojourner magazine party were Jack Theimer, left, CEO of Southwest Media of Santa Fe, and Jay Cowan, editor in chief of Sojourner. (MEH)

Sojourner Magazine held its 14th annual Sojourner holiday party, which this year honored Chris Klug, Katie and Carl Bergman and Lita and Mort Heller. The gala party was held in the ballroom of the Hotel Jerome and drew so many young Aspenites who work in the publishing and advertising fields. Sojourner is part of the family of Southwest Media of Santa Fe, and Jack Theimer, CEO of the publishing company, was on hand, along with the staff members of Aspen Sojourner, to welcome guests.

The honorees all gave short talks after being saluted and told how they would spend their award money that was part of the salute. Chris Klug, Olympic snowboarding champion, said he is fortunate to do a sport that he has loved all his life. He is also thankful for the liver transplant that he received. “My donor gave me a second chance at life ” I had waited six years.” Chris is giving his donation to the Chris Klug Donor Foundation. “I have boarded all over the world, but there is no better place than Aspen to snowboard,” he finished.

The Hellers were saluted for their philanthropy in Aspen. Lita Heller said, “I came to Aspen in 1973. People gave me three months ” but I’m still here.” The Hellers are giving their money to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

As soon as Carl and Katie Bergman began to speak, someone shouted “Bring back the lunch counter.” The Bergmans stated that they have been blessed with loyal employees, many of whom have been with them for years. They have 60 employees at Carl’s Pharmacy and the Miners’ Building, 20 of whom attended the party, based on seniority. The Bergmans’ donation went to the Aspen Historical Society’s Holden Marolt Barn, which Carl has spent many hours and dollars turning into a mining and ranching museum.

Heard that Stein Eriksen celebrated his 80th birthday recently with a black-tie party for 250 people in Deer Valley, where he is director of skiing. Stein also formerly headed the Highlands Ski School and Snowmass Ski School. But then, sorry to report, he skied the next day and was hit by a youngster, and Stein suffered a severely broken hand.

Designer Karen Mitchell has just returned from a successful trip to New York City, where she exhibited her jewelry in two shows. Karen was invited to show her work as a finalist at the Couture Jewelry Awards, at the Pratt mansion on Fifth Avenue. The Couture Award show was juried by several museum curators and jewelry scholars, who considered the work of more than 400 American jewelry designers for this invitation-only exhibition. Karen is back in her atelier in Aspen for the winter season.

Those Christmas party girls, Judi Francis, Joanie Leavenworth, Carol Mark, Patti Pope, and Donna Rowlands, held their annual buffet holiday party Dec. 18 on Cemetery Lane.

Former Aspenite Karin Reid Offield, with her horse Lingh, is competing at the International Horse Shows in Europe. Most of the winter she will be living in Wellington, Fla., where the competitions will take place that lead up to the Olympic Selection Trials in June 2008 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Karin, who grew up in Aspen, the daughter of the late Kay Reid and Roy Reid, is hoping to make the Olympic Team. She writes that her riding career is where she always dreamed of it would be, riding shoulder to shoulder with the best riders in the world. When she is not traveling and training with her horse, Karen lives in Harbor Springs, Mich.

Undercurrent … If you care enough about Aspen to spend the holiday season here and you would like to read about all the holiday parties, consider subscribing to the Aspen Times Weekly, because for the next several weeks that’s what this column is going to be about.

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