Dear Editor:This community never ceases to amaze me. In my 35-year residency of the Roaring Fork Valley, the outpouring of love, support and generosity is unfailing.After dozens of benefits and fundraisers I have been involved in over the years, I recently fell upon hard times. Loyal friends and family were more than eager to jump on the bandwagon and come to my rescue. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude.Thanks so much to the Friends For Life committee, which worked diligently to organize the best party ever, in less than one month. You guys are saviors!I’d also like to convey my deep appreciation to Walt Harris, owner of Riverside Grill in Basalt, for opening his heart and his establishment for this very special event.Thanks to all who donated numerous items to the silent auction, to the exceptional musicians who entertained and, at times amused us, you made the party. To all who donated time to set up, tear down, prepare the wonderful cuisine, servers, bartenders – you all played a crucial part in the overwhelming success.Many of you have never even met me, but that’s just how this valley operates. There were numerous cash donations from people who were unable to attend and several anonymous good Samaritans just wanting to lend a helping hand. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.I would like to extend a very special thank you to my dear friend Lily. I don’t know what I would have done without you. For hauling me from Marble to doctor’s appointments, St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, watching over me days upon days, staying and tending to my family during the time we spent in Florida for the surgery and unexpected hospital stay. You are heaven-sent. I really need to express my gratitude to your family for sharing you with mine. I know the sacrifices you made.To all of my local Marble friends and neighbors, thank you for coming to my rescue with your generosity in watching over my family and me. Your gifts of meals and kindness do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.Last but certainly not least, Tommy and my loving family, for your patience, support and unwavering love. I am so blessed for each and every one of you.While my recovery is expected to be a long one, I know that with all of the support and outpouring of love you have all shown, I’ll be running marathons in no time.I am truly humbled.Ellen SchofieldMarble
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