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MountainSummit engages community

Dear Editor:

With our MountainSummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen now safely behind us, it’s time to take a moment and thank this tremendous community for its enthusiasm and support of our festival.

All of us at the Wheeler Opera House are so grateful for the new friends and old who helped us grow our fourth year by more than 24 percent and for making such a welcoming reception for our festival guests, including Ken Burns, James Balog, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, John Oates, Tom Shadyac and America’s Olympic sweetheart, Lindsey Vonn.

We could not have been so successful without our community partners, including the Aspen Art Museum, the Aspen Historical Society, ACES, the Thompson Divide Coalition, the Aspen Institute, Aspen Valley Ski Club and Aspen Film, and without the tasty treats provided by Green Cuisine for our festival-goers between screenings. And of course, without the passion of our partner, Mountainfilm in Telluride, the festival wouldn’t exist at all.

Many members of the community made a special effort to stop and thank me for bringing this great festival experience to Aspen. Instead, I think the thank-you is owed to each of them – after all, they’re the ones who trusted us to bring thought-provoking films and speakers who would both challenge and entertain them, with a good belly laugh or two along the way. We always say things are an honor and a privilege to do for our Aspen residents and guests, but none is more so than MountainSummit.

It always recharges our batteries, and with any luck, it’s been able to do that for nearly 3,500 members of our community, as well. Thanks again for all the support.

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Gram Slaton

Executive director, Wheeler Opera House