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Mason Morse gives back

Dear Editor:

This is in response to Ms. Rayburn’s recent letter to the editor (“Weird Market,” July 5, 2010, The Aspen Times) as to why Mason Morse Real Estate “needs a booth [at the Saturday Market] – and more to the point, what do they have to offer here that they don’t have in their office.”

We acknowledge it’s “weird” for a real estate company to have a tent or booth at the Saturday Market, and although allowed to, Mason Morse made a conscious decision to not use the tent for the promotion of real estate, but for the promotion of the local nonprofits, at our cost.

Since 1961, Mason Morse has led Aspen’s real estate industry in generosity, and we feel it’s not only our obligation but duty to give back to the community. We are so passionate about giving back that we have dedicated our Saturday Market tent for the sole use of local nonprofits to inform the community about the services they provide. So far, 18 nonprofits have signed up to use the tent throughout the summer and fall, and they are thrilled that we have given them an opportunity to reach out to the community and visitors alike.

If Ms. Rayburn had looked a little more closely, she would have noticed that this week’s nonprofit in residence was the Aspen Historical Society, a fine organization dedicated to preserving and communicating Aspen’s remarkable history. The previous weekend, it was the Independence Pass Foundation, which develops and implements projects that maintain and enhance the Independence Pass corridor. Opening weekend, it was the Shining Stars Foundation, whose mission is to bring hope to children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

In these tough economic times, nonprofits are fighting for survival. Here at Mason Morse we are committed to helping local nonprofits flourish so that they continue to serve our community when we need it most and make Aspen the remarkable community we all love and cherish.

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We invite everyone to join us every Saturday at the market and visit the following nonprofits at our tent on Hyman Avenue and lend your support: Shining Stars Foundation, Independence Pass Foundation, Aspen Historical Society, Theatre Aspen, For the Forest, Aspen Camp for the Deaf, Wildwood School, Buddy Program, Aspen Valley Horse Rescue, Mountain Rescue Aspen, Aspen Hope Center, Early Learning Fund, AVSC, Aspen Junior Hockey, Valley Partnership, Aspen Community Theatre, Anderson Ranch and Pathfinders.

Bob Starodoj

Mason Morse Real Estate