Helping our less fortunate neighbors
Dear Editor:As New Orleanians displaced by Hurricane Katrina, we are most fortunate to be residing in Aspen indefinitely.While here, we have decided to raise as much money as we can for our less fortunate neighbors. This past weekend, New Orleans families and children operated a lemonade stand at the Saturday market and opposite Wagner Park for the volleyball games. So far we have raised $8,262 and Alpine Bank matched our funds for a total donation of $16,524 to the American Red Cross Katrina fund. And we have only just begun!We want to thank all of the generous merchants, residents and guests in Aspen for their support in our efforts to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We would particularly like to thank Mayor Helen Klanderud, Alpine Bank, Shae of Sashae, Pattie of Pattie’s Gemagination Jewelers, Maggie of the Saturday Market, Aspen Wine & Spirits, City Market, Paradise Bakery, the Ritz Carlton, Allen and Julia of Epicure Catering, the Saturday Market vendors and McDonald’s. We sincerely hope we have not overlooked anyone. We also would like to thank everyone in the community for their contributions to others raising money for Katrina victims.While we are safely ensconced in Aspen, we will continue our fund-raising efforts. We hope to see all of you at the market on Saturday, where we will have New Orleans Jazz Fest strawberry lemonade, as well as at our fund-raiser at Cache-Cache on Sept. 25.Kay KerriganAspen
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