Dear Editor:On behalf of everyone at the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the authors, participants, volunteers and sponsors who made our 2004 Aspen Summer Words a fantastic success. It was, once again, a tremendous event: We expanded our workshops by 15 percent, increased our student body by 36 percent and sold more passes to students than ever before. Thank you!For gifts large and small I applaud: our dedicated board of trustees and staff; the Robert Gould Foundation; Helen J. and Thomas N. Urban Charitable Foundation II; Colorado Council on the Arts; the City of Aspen; The Aspen Times; Aspen Sojourner; Aspen Public Radio; Molly Gibson Lodge; Preferred Lodging; Hotel Lenado; Boomerang Lodge; words pictures colours graphic design; Aspen Alps; Aspen Square Hotel; Fiji Water; North of Nell; Paradise Bakery; Aspen Mountain Lodge; Chalet Lisl; Clark’s Market; Limelite Lodge; Mountain Chalet Aspen; Mountain House Lodge; Alpine Mountain Market; Aspen Branch; Aspen Club & Spa; Aspen Ski Tours; Boogie’s; Ink! Coffee Co.; Grana Bread; L’Occitane; Mail Boxes Etc.; Main Street Bakery and Cafe; Motherlode; Mountain Naturals; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; The Grog Shop and Toppers.Thanks also to Dexter and Dennis Cirillo; Judith Barnard and Michael Fain; Lotta and Stuart Brafman; Carol Dopkin Real Estate; Elaine and Harris Cahn; Holly and David Dreman; Nancy Dunlap; Marcy and Leo Edelstein; Edward Jones; Nanette and Jerry Finger; Kenny Gutner; Susan H. Horsey; Jeanne Jaffee; Jane and John Jellinek; Barbara and Jerry Portnoy; Marcia and Philip Rothblum; Vivian and Tom Waldeck; Bonnie Wilke; Lorrie and Larry Winnerman; Liz Bokram; Sharon Briggs; Rett Harper; Cindy Hirschfeld; Sarah Pletts; Linda Sawyer; and Barbara Stanford and Luann Weigand.We couldn’t have done it without you!Lisa ConsiglioExecutive DirectorAspen Writers’ Foundation
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