Mountain Mayhem: In Vintage + Velvet for the Flamingo benefit |

Mountain Mayhem: In Vintage + Velvet for the Flamingo benefit

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
Missy and Chris Klug, Michelle Stiller, Jon Foley and Julie Brodsky.
David Clifford/Photo

Founded in 1991, the Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) is a 501(c)(3) fundraising organization that partners closely with school administrators and the community to identify and fund in-school or beyond classroom programs across our five schools. Over the years, AEF has played a critical role in investing in the educational experiences that our community has come to appreciate and expect, including: outdoor education, aeronautics, performing arts, International Baccalaureate, and college counseling.

The annual Flamingo benefit — creatively planned and executed by EKS Events — brings the community together in support of AEF’s mission. The theme for 2022 was vintage and velvet, interpreted in stylish ways from floor-length dresses to smoking jackets as guests dressed the part. Previously held in the ballroom at the St. Regis Aspen, the event in recent years has evolved into a dine-around format with individual events taking place around town, then all linked together via livestream for a live auction. Betula, Cache Cache, Campo di Fiori, Mi Chola, Monarch Steakhouse, and Woody Creek Tavern were the participating restaurants this year. Here, House and Hooch also opened their doors for cocktail receptions while Caribou Club and Sterling offered after-dinner dancing. 

Special thanks to Executive Director Cynthia Chase and the entire board of directors who work tirelessly to ensure AEF is a success: Raifie Bass, Bob Bowden, Marla Butler, Diana Ettlinger, Molly Gilmore, Kurt Hall, Lyndsey Haynie, Cari Kuhlman, Pippa McHugh, Craig Navias, Ken Ramberg, Max Rispoli, Craig Rogers, Mary Scanlan, Jeannie Seybold, Brad Schlosser, Rich Simeone, Elizabeth Slossberg, Paul Sohn, Michelle Stiller, and Alan Tralins.

“We raised a record amount of money for our public school!” Chase said the day after the benefit in an email to guests. The total raised through event tickets, live and silent auctions, and a paddle raise is close to $1.7 million, beating last year’s record-breaking amount — all of which makes a direct impact on AEF’s programs and positions. Visit to learn more.

Randy Brodsky at the Flamingo.
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Katie Chiles with Aspen High School graduate Alex Ferriera, who was part of a live auction package for a “perfect winter day.”
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Adam Frisch at the Flamingo.
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The live auction begins with Lydia Fenet working the room(s).
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Sabrina and Stephane DeBaets.
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A fun crew of moms at Las Montanas: Kristen Firman, Alex Boyd, Stacey Vidamour, Mandy Welgos, and Kimbo Schirato-Brown.
Credit/May Selby
Teddy Farrell, Lauren and Steve Russell, and Mike Seguin.
Credit/May Selby
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In vintage and velvet: Lauren and Nate Waldron.
Kristin Dittmar, Elizabeth Slossberg, and Kirsten Schmidt.
Credit/May Selby
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