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Mary Hayes, Stapletons get nod from Aspen Hall of Fame

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Longtime Aspenites Mary Hayes and David and Sigrid Stapleton will be inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame at the organization’s 21st annual banquet on Jan. 31, it was announced this week.

The three individuals were selected by the Aspen Hall of Fame board from a broad field of nominations, and their induction will be the highlight of the annual awards presentation at the Aspen Meadows’ Doerr-Hosier Conference Center at 6 p.m., which features an award presentation and a signature video profile of each inductee’s life.

“Aspen Hall of Fame is proud to honor these exemplary community members, who have contributed so much to our town,” says Jeanette Darnauer, founder and president of the organization.

Following its mission statement, the non-profit organization annually recognizes “local individuals whose inspirational leadership, ideas and contributions have made lasting impressions on the Aspen-Snowmass communities.” A total of 72 people have been inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame to date.

Hayes came to Aspen in 1952 for a ski vacation and has lived here since. A 50-year veteran at The Aspen Times, she writes the “Around Aspen” column and is the author of two popular books, “Aspen Potpourri” and “The Story of Aspen.”

The Stapletons, who both have deep ties in the community, helped Aspen make the transition from the sleepy ski village it once was into the town it is today. David’s great-grandfather came over from Leadville in 1880, homesteading on land which now comprises Sardy Field. Sigrid’s father was the late Fred Braun, a steadfast mountain man, founder of the Alfred A. Braun Memorial Hut System, and a fellow inductee into the Hall of Fame.

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