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Event raises funds for abused children

Aspen Times Staff Report

A Valentine’s Day “Celebration of Love” fund-raiser featuring actress Jane Seymour raised more than $100,000 to aid abused children in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.The benefit, including a dinner program and auction sponsored by Childhelp USA, was held at the Hotel Jerome.The funds will be used to hire a therapist who will help victims of child abuse and neglect in Aspen and the valley. In addition, a portion of the funds will underwrite the cost of providing Colorado residents with free, 24-hour crisis intervention services by professional counselors via the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD). Colorado is one of the top 10 states from which Childhelp receives hotline calls.Virginia Keltner and Carole Schutter of Aspen, and Joyce Bulifant of Snowmass Village, headed the committee that organized the event. Some 200 individuals from around the country attended the fund-raiser.Among those attending were Seymour, a Childhelp International ambassador. The actress and her husband, actor/director James Keach, signed copies of their two new children’s books, “Yum!” and “Splat!” which are based upon their twins’ adventures. Proceeds from the sale of the books benefited Childhelp USA’s Colorado services.In addition, Seymour donated for auction three limited-edition prints of her watercolors and three walk-on parts in an upcoming movie based on her “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” television series. The prints brought in $3,800 and each movie walk-on part sold for $10,000.In addition, a handmade couture outfit donated by John Anthony & Co. was auctioned for $20,000 and a Gossamer Wings outfit donated by Barbara Grimes of Gossamer Wings Santa Fe sold for $4,000.The evening’s program also featured local women modeling 14 exact replicas of first ladies’ Inaugural Ball gowns, while narrators Bulifant and Ron James read portions of love letters between first ladies and their husbands.

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