Aspen foundation ups grants for teachers, health-care workers
The Distinguished Service Foundation will increase the amount of funds and the number of annual recipients for its Aspen-area teachers and health-care workers grant program. Dick and Sophie Butera and Stewart and Lynda Resnick have pledged $1 million to extend the reach and impact of the foundation, it was announced Wednesday. Additional dollars will be allocated to expand the teachers/health-care workers grant program to acknowledge 15 teachers and 10 health-care workers on an annual basis for an initial 10-year commitment. The foundation also plans to make an outright donation of $500,000 to the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.The Distinguished Service Foundation was established in 2000 by Aspen developer Dick Butera to honor and reward area teachers and health-care workers for excellence, integrity and commitment to their field. Butera established the fund in order to help support the people who dedicate their lives to these two pursuits that are so critical to the long-term viability of the greater Aspen community.”The teachers and health-care workers are the unsung heroes of this valley,” Butera said in a news release. “Given the importance of what they do and the hours they dedicate to their work, we wanted to acknowledge the critical role they play in our community. These bonuses are just a small token of appreciation that we hope will help ease the financial strains of living in this community.”Stewart Resnick, who lives with his wife, Lynda, on the east side of Aspen just outside the city limits, said Dick Butera got them involved in the Distinguished Service Foundation after they asked him about getting involved in programs that will benefit families of the employees of FIJI Water, which the Resnick’s purchased recently.”We are honored to be able to participate in this very worthwhile effort,” Stewart Resnick said in the news release.
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