Gay Ski Week will hand out $100,000 to nonprofit groups |

Gay Ski Week will hand out $100,000 to nonprofit groups

Aspen Times Staff Report

More than $100,000 raised during the recent Aspen Gay and Lesbian Ski Week will be distributed to local and national charities that support educational and medical programs.The donations are a 20-year tradition of Gay Ski Week, which gives money to organizations that advance issues of gay and lesbian concern.Four primary recipients, chosen by the board of directors of the Aspen Gay & Lesbian Community Fund, will each be given $24,500.Colorado’s Rainbow Alley was selected for its full-time activity center focused on the needs and interests of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. The Colorado Legal Initiatives Project was chosen to expand its legal and educational outreach programs.Equality Colorado was picked for its successful grass-roots efforts on the part of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. And the Western Colorado AIDS Project was selected for its status as the state’s only full-service AIDS clinic on the Western Slope.In addition $1,000 will be contributed to the Aspen public schools’ music program and close to $10,000 will be given to various Roaring Fork charities. The local nonprofit organizations chosen provide services such as HIV testing and education, diversity youth programs, and gay film screenings.Approximately $40,000 of the remaining proceeds will be used to produce next year’s event. The 22nd annual Aspen Gay and Lesbian Ski Week raised a total of more than $150,000.For more information regarding any of the selected charities or Gay and Lesbian Ski Week itself, call Kristin Neil at 925-4123.

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