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Raising A Reader

Omar Cabrera, Hernan Abril, Francisco Ruiz, Luis Polar and Raul Gutierrez. (Diane Moore)

The preschool children love their red book bags and can’t wait to see what books they get to take home every week. Raising A Reader is an early childhood pre-literacy program that sends books home in red book bags to 1,100 children from Aspen to Parachute.The program is in its third year in this area, so also for the third year Jackie and Mike Bezos hosted a thank-you party for funding partners and early childhood educators at their home on Red Mountain. Jackie and Mike are the parents of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com. The red book bags are rotated weekly by valley child-care providers and contain books that appeal to youngsters with engaging artwork and age-appropriate language. The children carry the books home and draw their families into sharing books by having parents, grandparents or older brothers and sisters read to them.

Aspenite Jayne Poss is director of the program and she is assisted by teachers in preschools, child-care centers, Head Start, Even Start and family child-care homes in the nine communities of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. The program is funded by individuals and organizations in the valley. Since I was in Hawaii when the annual party was given, Diane Moore kindly took the photos for this column.In Chicago, Aspenite Edwin Glickman was honored at an April 28 gala at the Fairmont Chicago given by the Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS). Born in Chicago in 1928, Ed grew up in the Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans. At age 7, he was first introduced to JCYS when he received a two-week scholarship to Camp Henry Horner – the agency’s overnight camp in Ingleside, Ill. Ed credits his summers at camp, which continued through his teen years, as a life-changing experience.Ed became an achiever. Upon graduating from high school in 1946, he enlisted in the Naval Air Corp V-5 Officers Pilot Training Program. He later returned to Chicago and began a career in the textile industry as a sales trainee for Burlington Industries, and he later assumed the role of president of Genesis Sportswear (a division of The Limited Corp.) in 1970. In 1988, he founded High Sierra Ltd., a sportswear and marketing company.

He returned as a member with JYCS in the 1960s, and he became president of the agency in 1970. He has remained one of the organization’s most significant benefactors through his commitment to Camp Henry Horner.Ed retired to Aspen in 1996, where he resides with his wife Han. Ed has four children and one grandson, who is now graduating from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. David Bentley of Aspen has been visiting friends on the East Coast. In Bethesda, Md., he visited Kitty Sherwin, the daughter of the late Terese David, who lived in Aspen from 1950 until her death in 1984 and was a stepmother to David. Then David traveled on to Philadelphia, where he visited old friends Richard Woodhams and Kiyoko Takeuti from Boulder who are now professors at the Community College of Philadelphia. Richard has been an artist-faculty member for the first five weeks of the Aspen Music Festival since 2002, and has been a frequent hiking partner of David’s during his Aspen sojourns. Richard has been the oboe instructor for the Curtis Institute of Music since 1985 and has held First Chair in Oboe with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1975. Kiyoko has played the piano and celestra for the orchestra almost as long, although she is not on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival or Curtis.David is also visiting Pip Klein, the catalyst of a social circle in Aspen from 1980 to 1984. She and her husband, Bob Grawi, are performing as the Gravikord Duo in local festivals near their home in Florida, N.Y. When in Aspen, Pip worked for Ernie Ashley at Aspen Magazine. She and Bob have one son, Ben, who is now 12 years old.Here is another summer 2007 “Save the Date”: The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Summer Sizzler will be on Tuesday, July 10, and will have Casablanca as its theme.The May 2007 issue of Town & Country magazine includes a photograph of part-time Aspenite Julia Koch, wife of David Koch, as she was recently co-chair of a gala evening in New York City that was a benefit for the Food Allergy Initiative. The organization supports research to find cures for life-threatening food allergies. Evelyn Lauder is featured in a photo with Michael Kors at the opening of his new store in Boca Raton, Fla. Evelyn co-hosted the event with Michael, and portions of the evening’s proceeds were donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation that Evelyn founded.The same issue of Town & Country includes a photo of Aspenite Lily Garfield and her advice on beauty products for women living in resort towns where she has her Cos Bar boutiques, including Aspen, Santa Fe, Wailea on Maui, and Carmel, Calif. Lily opened her first Cos Bar in Aspen in 1976 and now has eight stores in U.S. resort towns.The summer issue of Town & Country Travel magazine includes an article about “High Style in Aspen” featuring mentions of: Mary Moyer’s Nuage boutique; the shops of Distractions and Imelda’s owned by Heidi Semrau; Gina Berko and David Fleisher’s Pitkin County Dry Goods; Lee Keating’s Performance Ski; Renie and David Gorsuch’s Gorsuch Ltd., managed by son, Jeff Gorsuch; Bloomingbirds, owned by Patty Patterson; furrier Dennis Basso’s boutique; and the O2 Spa and yoga boutique owned by Carrie Bellotti. Also mentioned were Hochfield, which specializes in vintage watches, and Prada. The article was written by Diane Tegmeyer. The spring issue of Colorado Expression’s Architecture and Design magazine features an article with photographs about a house in Aspen Highlands designed by Aspen architect Augie Reno. Sorry to report the recent death in Miami, Fla., of longtime Aspenite Bettina Batchelor. Undercurrent … Town is delightfully deserted!

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