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Mountain Mayhem: Happy 4-0, Christine

Birthday girl Christine Benedetti and Allison Fleming both sport thrift shop finds.
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On a glorious summer evening last Saturday, Christine Benedetti rang in her 40th birthday surrounded by friends and family at Mollie Gibson Park at the base of Smuggler.

Her husband planned the pop-up party in the park with a massive pan of paella prepared by Chef Dennis, along with Caesar salad and shellfish, paired with beer, wine and cocktails. Guests enjoyed mingling, cozy seating areas and grooving to beats by Alex Golden.

The theme called for “thrift shop chic” as a nod to Christine’s commitment to the Aspen Thrift Shop, where she serves as a volunteer every third Thursday of the month with nearly a dozen friends. Guests interpreted the suggested dress code in their own way – some sported full denim, and others wore faux fur while the birthday girl dazzled in a black and white party dress. For her actual birthday on Monday, July 27, Christine celebrated 4-0 with an adventure by climbing Pikes Peak — her 40th 14er.

Oliver Sharpe with Teddy Farrell, who just so happened to be celebrating Half-Ted Day since Christine’s party fell on his half-birthday.
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Tim Sack went for a Western approach to thrift shop chic.
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Skippy Mesirow and Jamie Butemeyer had just returned from a fab trip to France.
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Craig McKenzie, Alex Golden and Damien Williamson, who just turned 39.
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Chad Schmit, who won a golf tournament earlier in the day, toasts with Eric Thiele.
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Erin Wackerle, Rob Benedetti, Curtis Wackerle and David Cook.
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Todd and Erin Heintz with Spencer McKnight and Brittanie Rockhill.
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The birthday girl (middle) and her parents: Rob Benedetti and Maria Yurasek.
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Isadore Wagner in a pair of pajamas she picked up at the thrift shop, and Jen Blocker in a chic one-piece.
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Chef Dennis spent the better part of the day prepping this pan of savory paella.
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