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More May Madness

At the May Madness gala benefit for the Aspen Education Foundation are, left to right, Mary and Reiner Klawiter and Kelley and Mark Purnell, M.D. (MEH)
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As I mentioned in last week’s column, there was such a large turnout for the May Madness benefit for the Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) that I am doing another column with some of the partygoers. AEF raises funds for many special programs at the Aspen public schools, and May Madness is one of its major benefits.The current board of directors includes: president Becky Ward; vice president Brigid Hazen; secretary-treasurer Kristin MacDermott; and board members Kathy Alexander, Linda Clark, Lynn DeBoer (in memoriam), Lisa DiMento, Bob Glah, Jeff Gorsuch, Helene Gude (who was co-chairwoman of May Madness), Cindy Kahn, Mark Leydecker, Michele Lueck, Kris Rettig, Sarah Chase Shaw, Maureen Stapleton, Anne Uhlfelder, Susan Walter and Helen Ward (who was the other event co-chairwoman).

Rita Farrell, daughter of Joseph and Mary Lou Farrell of Snowmass, spent spring break in March volunteering in Kentucky through the Saint Michael’s College “alternative break/extended service” program. Rita, a sophomore education major at Saint Michael’s, is a graduate of Aspen High School. While in Kentucky, she worked at the David School, an alternative school for high school-age adolescents who were unsuccessful in a regular school settings. As a volunteer, Farrell worked closely with the school staff and helped with tutoring and mentoring the students. The college students also participated in a roadside cleanup project, helping to eliminate some of the town’s pollution.

Aspen isn’t the only resort with a “killer” highway. In a recent column in Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News, columnist Alan Kesselheim wrote about the killer highways serving Jackson Hole, California’s highway serving Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz, and highways in Alaska and Oregon. They seem to share a mortal confluence of bad weather, a narrow winding roadway, antsy motorists, concentrations of wildlife, and semi-trailer truck traffic.Undercurrent … My tulips are the prettiest ever!


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