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Aspens soul lives on

(This letter was originally addressed to the Aspen Community.)Dear Editor:I am writing to thank everyone who participated in our very special 30th anniversary celebration we held at the club this past Tuesday. The event which was called Pursuing Possibilities as it benefited three extraordinary individuals in our community Amanda Boxtel, Leah Roland and Kasie Burtard was a tremendous success. Though the kindness and generosity of the over 600 people who attended, Amanda, Leah and Kasie, who each have spinal cord injuries, raised over $100,000 of their $224,000 goal to allow them to travel to India and receive a promising stem cell therapy.We hear a lot about how Aspen has lost its soul over the years. Those who attended the event on Tuesday know that the heart and soul of Aspen is very much alive and well.Amanda, Leah and Kasies quest is a dramatic metaphor for the journey we are all on. We are a community dedicated to performance and achievement at all levels. Aspen has always had openness to non-traditional health care and the amazing height of human possibilities. In the 30 years the Club has been in business, many treatments that were once on the fringe of acceptability have now become mainstream.This fundraiser was more than helping a few deserving people in our community achieve a better life; it was about creating a better future for all of us, starting with these three early pioneers. Because of this, this event was important to all of us here at the Club and the larger Aspen community.I never cease to be awed at the caring, the generosity and the love in this community. Thank you all once again for helping us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aspen Club and the timeless anniversary of human ingenuity and the boundlessness of the human spirit.Michael Fox CEO, Aspen Club & Spa

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