May Madness hits the motherlode!
Dear Editor:On behalf of Aspen Education Foundation, I would like to thank the many people who made our annual May Madness fundraiser such a success this year. The $200,000 raised by the event benefits all of the children in the Aspen public schools. Strong schools are the basis of a strong community. Thanks to our incredible business sponsors for their support. Alpine Bank, who so generously supports education in our community, was the presenting sponsor of May Madness this year. We are also deeply grateful to our other business sponsors: Obermeyer Asset Management, Brian Hazen of Coates Reid & Waldron, Under Armour and Morris & Fyrwald Real Estate. Through their sponsorships, most of the expenses for May Madness were underwritten. Thank you also to the many local families that chose to be sponsors.We could not pull off an event of this magnitude without a top-notch May Madness team. A huge thank-you goes to the co-chairs, Carmen Dowley and Helen Ward, without whom the event would not have been possible. The amazing auction was the result of hours of work by Carmen working with Carol Hawk, Lisa Lambert, Lisa Houston and Becky Ward. The incredibly creative Cindi Houston Davis and her team put together some marvelous mining-era decorations to set the mood. Thanks also go to Chris Preusch and Jay Parker of Smuggler Mine for providing many of the decorations. Thanks to Capital Printing Systems Inc. for donating the printing of the program and to Reese Henry and Denise Jurgens for donating their auction check-out expertise at the event. Thanks also to all of the AEF board members and other volunteers for their hours of time.Many generous businesses and donors contributed more than 250 items to our live and silent auctions. Their spirit of giving generated more than $150,000 from our auctions. Thanks to all of the donors and all of the guests who bid on these incredible items.2006 was our most successful May Madness event yet! Thanks for supporting our schools!Kathy AlexanderAEF presidentSnowmass Village
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