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Many deserve thanks

Dear Editor:We need heroes, especially in times like these. That’s why the recent tribute to wilderness visionaries Joy Caudill, Dottie Fox and Connie Harvey was so uplifting. It was truly a privilege to be able to honor these three locals through the screening of a film about their accomplishments, and it was incredibly gratifying to see a packed audience at the Wheeler give them a standing ovation in appreciation for their four decades of work protecting the places we all love. There was tremendous energy and goodwill in the theater that night. We hope to build on it in the coming months and years.The event was the result of very hard work by many people, and we’d like to publicly thank them here.Above all, we acknowledge the leadership, vision and creativity of event chair Ginni Galicinao and co-chairs Caroline Hicks and Bert Fingerhut, Laurie and John McBride, Marcie and Robert Musser, and Toni Zurcher and Chris Smith. In addition, John McBride served as an incomparable master of ceremonies, and Bill Meadows presented awards on behalf of The Wilderness Society.We couldn’t have pulled off such a sophisticated event without the financial support of the co-chairs and of the host committee. The host committee members are too numerous to list here, unfortunately, but you know who you are.We’re deeply grateful to James Brundige and Chelsea Congdon of First Light Films, who made the superb “Wild by Nature” documentary that was premiered at the event, to Tim McFlynn who was instrumental in the film’s creation, and to the many people whose donations made it possible.Special thanks also to Kelly Alford, who designed the fabulous invitations and programs; to the Wheeler Opera House for working so patiently with us and for heroically overcoming a last-minute disaster; to the city of Aspen for helping underwrite Wheeler expenses; and to the Aspen Branch, Back Door Catering, Carl’s Pharmacy and Peter O’Grady for their help and in-kind support.A big thank-you to Kimberly Hay, Dave Munk, Katie Shook and Ellen Stapenhorst for their help on the night, and to all the Wilderness Workshop board members. You guys are awesome!Finally, we salute our fantastic community, which has shown such an outpouring of support for the vision that these three women initiated four decades ago.Dave ReedSloan ShoemakerWilderness Workshop