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Flamingo 500 races to victory for education

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the board of the Aspen Education Foundation, I would like to thank everyone who attended, sponsored and donated to our annual gala. We had our biggest and best party ever. There were almost 500 people at the Viceroy on the night of Friday, Nov. 11, rallying for the needs of our children’s education. Our preliminary accounting suggests a huge success. Right now we estimate the Flamingo 500 raised a net of $280,000 for the Aspen School District!

A party of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight and takes months of planning. Two women on our board stepped up yet again and threw a wonderful party. Please join me in thanking Ginna Francis and Kris Rettig for all their hard work! There were too many others who spent countless hours assisting to mention here, but we thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts!

What really made the event special is that virtually 100 cents of every dollar raised will go directly to the school. We had a group of sponsors and donors who effectively underwrote our entire evening. Thank you Alpine Bank, Obermeyer Asset Management, Wells Fargo, Brian Hazen, Red Onion, CP Burger, and Lori Michaels and David Bonderman!

As many of you are now aware, the state of educational funding in Colorado is extremely challenging. Budget cuts last year reduced academic funding by $500 per pupil in the Aspen School District alone. Your support means the world to us and even more to all the children in our school system. Thank you.

Mark Leydecker

president, Aspen Education Foundation