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Kenichi supports MRA

Dear Editor:

On Thursday, May 20, Kenichi restaurant and staff hosted a fundraiser for Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA).

Kenichi offered a 50 percent food and sake discount to anyone making a donation (in any amount) to MRA. They also provided us with a table in the front of the restaurant to sell MRA hats and water bottles (which were a big hit!).

As if that weren’t enough, the management and staff made a significant donation on top of what was donated by customers. The place was packed from the moment the doors opened, and was hopping until midnight! This is the second year Kenichi has done this for us, and for a second year it was a tremendous success.

The timing of this fundraiser couldn’t have been better. MRA is taking delivery of our new Rescue 3 vehicle in July. In order to pay for the necessary rescue vehicle, we need to raise $40,000 above what we raise for our normal operations.

We are waiting to hear whether we will be awarded a grant to help us pay for up to half of that cost; however even if we succeed in winning that grant, we will still need to raise at least $20,000 more. Thanks to the amazing Kenichi staff and management, and everyone who participated in Mountain Rescue Night at Kenichi, we raised nearly $4,000 toward Rescue 3!

Again, many thanks to Scott, Christian, the Kenichi staff and the Mountain Rescue Night patrons for their generosity. We are extremely grateful for the steadfast support MRA continues to receive from our extraordinary community.

Anyone who would like more information on MRA can visit our website at

Hugh Zuker

president, Mountain Rescue Aspen

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