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Donations to help thousands

Dear Editor:My wife and I would sincerely like to thank the town of Aspen for all the support and donations from two fund-raisers staged last week. There were too many people to thank individually, but we appreciate every donation from $15 to $5,000. The outpouring of help and concern was truly inspiring. Special thanks to the Aspen Institute for hosting our slideshow benefit on Jan. 3. Also, a very special thanks to Barclay and Nicki Dodge and Mogador restaurant for their phenomenal benefit on Jan. 5. Thanks also to all the businesses and artists who donated goods and services for the silent auction. Between the two events we were able to raise more than $40,000 that will go directly to people in Asia suffering from the effects of the tsunami Dec. 26.We will be leaving at the end of the week and spending about a month in Asia. We will also be going back again in late April to do more work. In conjunction with ASAFO Global Medical Trust, and with the donations we received last week, we will be able to help literally thousands of families in need. We will be taking medical supplies and doctors to refugee camps to treat those who are injured or sick. We will also be supplying food, clean water, clothing, and mosquito nets to as many people as possible. We feel truly blessed to be able to do this kind of a project to help people, and it is only through the incredible generosity of local people that it came together.Aspen Rules! Thanks everyone.Preethi and Trent BurkholderAspen


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