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Kudos and Kindness

Much gratitude for Mountain Rescue, Flight For Life

My sincere thanks go out to Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Breckenridge-based crew of St. Mary’s Flight for Life helicopter.

After 35 years of living in town and reading others’ stories about our amazing Mountain Rescue Aspen, I got to see it in action firsthand.

On Sept. 19, my brother Doug had an accident in the high country above Woody Creek.

He fractured four vertebrae, L-1 through L-4 in his lower back, and also had serious internal bleeding.

The entire rescue and evacuation were seamless.

Within hours, my brother was in a Denver trauma center. After a day and a half in the intensive-care unit and another day in a regular hospital room, he walked out of the hospital and is recovering today at home.

He is expected to have a full recovery, albeit a slow, painful one.

So, once again, thank you, Mountain Rescue Aspen and St. Mary’s Flight for Life!

Gary Kelly


Many thanks from Basalt ExEd

On Sept. 16, Basalt High School engaged in a valleywide ExEd experience. It was through the help and support of volunteers that made the day so successful and beneficial to more than 340 students who attend Basalt High School.

We would like to thank the staff at the Aspen Golf Club — Steve Aitkin, director of golf; John Wiltgen, PGA pro; and Abe Morales, PGA pro — for an excellent day of learning and playing golf.

The crew at Taylor Creek Fly Shop outfitted a group of students with rods and instruction under the direction of the Tim Heng. Women’s self-defense was guided through expertise of Jill Gruenberg, of Response, Tina Thompson, from the Aspen Police Department, and Phil Martin, of the Basalt Police Department. Their information and time were greatly appreciated.

Eric Brotherson and the entire staff of the Glenwood Caverns deserve a round of applause for an excellent day at the Glenwood Caverns. Graham Northrup, director of education for Theatre Aspen, led an acting improvisation workshop in the beautiful Hurst Theatre tent in Rio Grande Park in Aspen, the main production location for Theatre Aspen.

Without the support of the community, teachers and staff, it would have been impossible to pull off such a successful day. The students and I are grateful. Thank you.

Barbara French

Teacher, Basalt High School

Support helps Anderson Ranch Arts Center thrive

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, I sincerely thank the Roaring Fork Valley communities for your continued support of the ranch’s workshops, programs and events this summer.

From young children exploring the world of art for the first time to experienced artists cultivating their skills, more than 1,100 students benefited from 140 workshops held this summer.

A number of prominent artists visited the ranch for our Featured Artists Lecture Series. We hope that hearing the stories behind so many intriguing works of art, from artists such as Mariana Abraomvic and Bill Viola, was as enjoyable for you as it was for us.

In August, we welcomed Christo to the ranch for a special presentation and lecture. Christo was extremely generous with his time, and the response to the event was amazing.

The Friday lunchtime auctionettes provided an opportunity to purchase art created by visiting artists, faculty, staff and students of the ranch. The Recognition Dinner, honoring Bill Viola and Jane and Marc Nathanson, and our Annual Art Auction were highlights of the summer.

We thank each of you who attended events this summer at Anderson Ranch, and we extend our sincere thanks to all who made our summer a success — our board of trustees, national council, staff, faculty, donors and interns, the many volunteers and the generous artists to whom we owe a deep debt of gratitude. Without your support, we would not be able to produce these wonderful events and to provide scholarships to more than 20 percent of our students.

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center invites you to join us for upcoming fall and winter programs and gallery exhibits.

Nancy Wilhelms

Executive director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

TeamLily is forever grateful

We would like to say thank you to the merchants and individuals in the Aspen community who donated so generously to our TeamLily fund and benefit. You were all so amazing, and we are so grateful.

And thank you to our volunteers, the Moose Lodge and especially Krow Keithley for making our benefit such a wonderful, fun success. You were all so generous with your time and love. We are forever grateful.



Baguettes helps keep kids healthy

The staff at the Early Learning Center would like to express their utmost appreciation to the members of the Baguettes Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation for their generous grant to allow us to continue a healthy snack program for the children at our school.

Healthy snacks can help boost a child’s mental and physical skills. With this grant money received, it will be used to assist us in promoting healthy snacks for all of our children at the Early Learning Center in Aspen. We extend our gratitude for your continued support of the Early Learning Center funding through your grant-making activity. Thank you!

The Early Learning Center

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