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Humbled by generosity

Dear Editor:

I am so very humbled by the outpouring of support, generosity and love from our community.

I am a Roaring Fork Valley resident/ musician since 1986, and have had the great honor of being involved in numerous benefits, fundraisers and memorials throughout. To my dismay, I recently fell ill and required emergency surgery. I was later hospitalized for quite a lengthy stay at Valley View. A huge thank-you to Dr. Tomato and Valley View staff for saving my life, as I now know how very fragile it can be.

I feel it would be neglectful to not express my sincere gratitude to my beloved community.

On April 6, friends, family and well-wishers gathered at Two Rivers in Basalt (thanks Pat and Rick). The event included incredible music, a silent auction with amazing contributions by vendors throughout the valley and endless amounts of lasagna prepared lovingly by dear friends who put their creativity to the test, resulting in an array of culinary delight for all who attended. Audrey, thanks for the exquisite cakes, they were the perfect ending to a perfect meal. In lieu of forgetting anyone, I would just like to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved in making this event such a huge success. I love you all so very much!

Lastly, it is of utmost importance that when you have an event of this magnitude and success, it would be neglectful of me not to continue our reputation for giving. To all who participated and attended, I want you to know that I mean to continue to “pay it forward,” both monetarily and through my gift of music, when it is requested and required of me.

A huge valleywide hug to you all.

Kelly Michel

El Jebel


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