Rapid Relief a high water success
Dear Editor:Awesome! (Webster’s expansion on that word includes “overwhelming,” “splendid,” tremendous,” “remarkable” and “amazing.”) If we had to sum up Sunday’s Rapid Relief efforts for Charlie Gaylord, that would be our go-to word – “Awesome!” While we can’t thank everyone enough for the heartfelt participation and help that came from every direction, we can say how “easy” it was to get this community and its members to donate in whatever fashion they could. Thank you!Our day started beautifully with sunshine, great water in the river and a group of 40 to 50 friends to raft with us on our 8:30 a.m. raft trips. The 12:30 p.m. trip departures on Slaughter House and the Upper Roaring Fork attracted close to 100 people. Our “flotilla” of nine rafts, three mini-mes, and four or five kayakers was, without a doubt, the largest trip ever through Slaughterhouse Falls and the class IV rapids below. Charlie loved this section of whitewater and he will be thrilled when he sees the film footage – including small bits of “carnage” just to keep it real. We were lucky enough to have Charlie’s Dad, Ritter, join us for the afternoon Slaughter House ride only to be temporarily abandoned by his raft guide who was sucked out in the falls – “give it up for Charlie!” Our 4:30 p.m. departures saw another 40 to 50 participants giving us close to 200 people for the day, all contributing a minimum of $40 a head. Awesome! Thank you!After we all dried off, our day ended beautifully with a mass consumption extravaganza at one of Charlie’s favorite hangouts, Taster’s Pizza in Snowmass, where the proceeds from all the food and beer we purchased went to Charlie. Needless to say, we all rolled out of the place sometime late that night.For anyone who was unable to join us on Sunday but still wishes to contribute, donations can still be made by sending a check to Blazing Adventures, P.O. Box 5068, Snowmass Village, CO 81615. The check should be made to NTAF Midwest/West Catastrophic Injury Fund, and the note in the memo section should read, “In honor of Charlie Gaylord.”As meaningful as it is raising money to help Charlie, we know too that it is all the good vibes from all of the good people generated on Sunday that will help raise Charlie’s health back to the “high water” kind of guy that he is and quickly float his boat right back here to Aspen/Snowmass. Thank you again from the entire crew at Blazing Adventures, Charlie’s mom and dad (Ritter & Wendy) his bro Andy, his two little sisters, Emery and Laura, and his wonderfully dedicated girlfriend, Jamie Britt! Awesome!Blazing Adventures employees
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