Many made benefit a success |

Many made benefit a success

Dear Editor:On behalf of all those participating valleywide with the Pearlington Project: “Mountains to Mississippi,” I would like to publicly thank Aspen Glen Golf Club, McDonald’s and Budwieser & Orrison Distributing for their sponsorship of the Oct. 4 benefit golf tournament held at the beautiful Aspen Glen golf course.The Pearlington Project is an effort by entities of the Roaring Fork Valley, both private and public, to directly support Pearlington, Miss., in their efforts to rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita. Carbondale fire, the town of Carbondale and Carbondale police collaborated to create the project and deliver essentials via “Red Ball Express” truck runs. It has grown to include all of the municipalities of the Roaring Fork Valley and continues to grow daily! Thus far, two “runs” have been made accompanied by a number of valley volunteers helping with the humanitarian effort and a third “run” will depart soon.Along with the major sponsors, we would like to thank the many donors of prizes, silent auction items, food and beverages who made the event a great success. Special thanks to Intermountain Distributing, R&A Electric, The Timbers Club, Pepino’s Pizza, and The Kitchen, whose efforts made the sometimes rainy and cold event great fun regardless of Mother Nature. For those many wonderful individuals who donated prizes and silent auction items, another huge thanks – there were so many I cannot list them all.A final thanks to the staff of Aspen Glen – Rob Wright, Jeff Westley and Kevin Allen – who made the golf, food, beverage and accommodations first-rate. A very, very special thanks to Nicole Cavarra, Laurie Hoffman, Melissa Miller and Jeff Teich for all that they did to make this a most memorable event.Please follow the progress of “Mountains to Mississippi” on the town of Carbondale website ( There, you will find links to the Pearlington Project, how to find information on our current status, how to contribute and an updated needs list for donations.Willard ClapperBasaltFund-raising coordinator Pearlington Project: “Mountains to Mississippi”

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