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Avalanche center says thanks

Dear Editor:On Monday, Feb. 20, Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale was generous enough to donate an evening in their restaurant as a benefit for the new Roaring Fork Avalanche Center.RFAC is in its first year of operation forecasting avalanche conditions for the valley. Starting a nonprofit dedicated to the strength or weakness of the snowpack has been a challenge. We put out our first forecast in November, and money has been tight throughout the season. In fact, we were in danger of running out of funds before the season was over.Mark Fischer of Six89 generously offered his restaurant to help remedy this situation. A silent auction was also organized for the night by Penn Newhard and his crew at Backbone Media, located in Carbondale. The RFAC would like to thank Mark, Penn and all those who donated their time and energy to the dinner and silent auction. This list includes Black Diamond, Cloudveil, Polartec, Veramonte Wine, as well as Lou Dawson, Michael Kennedy, Art Burrows, Neil Beidleman, Joy Blong and the hardworking staff of Six89. In addition, a heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who attended this fun event.We hope to make it an annual event. The local media has also been wonderful in helping us get our message out this winter. We appreciate the help they have offered. Thank you all very much! And if you’re heading out into the backcountry, to ski, snowmobile or climb, check us out at http://www.rfavalanche.org – we’ll be forecasting through mid-April.Brian McCallDirector, Roaring Fork Avalanche CenterAspen

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