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Medical Foundation

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Enjoying the annual meeting and party given by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation at the Hotel Jerome are, left to right, nurse Barbara Stirling, nursing students Meredith Sagardi and Julie Jenkins, and nurse Randy Eis. (MEH)

Every holiday season, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation holds its annual meeting and reception at the Hotel Jerome. The foundation provides scholarships for local caregivers for degree programs, conferences and training. Last year 24 caregivers were awarded scholarships totaling $75,000. The foundation also provides funding for Aspen Valley Hospital and 30 valleywide health and human services organizations. During the meeting, people who received care at Aspen Valley Hospital, including Sophie and Dick Butera with their new baby and the late Nick DeWolf, talked about their experiences at the hospital.

It also was announced that Dick Butera has given $1.5 million to the medical foundation over the past three years. AVMF Executive Director and CEO Kris Marsh said she hoped his gifts would inspire others in the community to support the foundation. Introduced at the meeting were Aspen High School students Ricky Frias, Simon Dolginow and Austin Hills, who are The Young Philanthropists of Aspen. During Outdoor Education last fall, the young men worked with soup kitchens in New York City. Returning to Aspen, they approached AVMF to see where they could help in the community and have chosen to work with The Right Door, which deals with alcoholism in the valley. Also introduced was Derek Ward, who was given an $8,000 scholarship for his medical studies. He is a first-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. The son of Donna and Tom Ward, he is a graduate of Aspen High School and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he was a history and art history major.The AVMF meeting and reception was held during the holidays and another community dinner and dance was planned for Feb. 25. This second gathering, however, was canceled because there were too many events planned for the same evening. I had saved the photos from the holiday party to use with the dinner-dance photos … but since the latter was canceled, I’ll use these now.There will be many events this summer so here is a date to save now: The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is planning a dinner-dance called “Twistin’ The Night Away” on July 25. More about it later.Undercurrent … The best part of going away … is the coming home again.

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