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Ryersons will be honored at annual Bartenders’ Ball

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspenites Mary and Loren Ryerson will be the guests of honor tomorrow night at the 10th annual Bartenders’ Charity Ball.

The couple will be given the second Linza Award at the ball, held this year at the Snowmass Conference Center, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

According to Tim Cottrell, a member of the ball’s board of directors, the Linza Award was created last year as a way to honor people who have long participated in community service. Kitty and Dominic Linza, who owned the Isis Theatre for 32 years, were the award’s first recipients.

“The idea, frankly, was that the Isis was going out and I didn’t see anything else going on about Kitty and Dominic,” said Cottrell. “The Isis was such an institution. They were leaving town, and I thought it would be fun to create an award to honor some people for community service.”

Cottrell, and the rest of the board, felt the Ryersons belong in that category. The couple was nominated by another resident, and the board voted to give them this year’s award.

Mary Ryerson, who works at Alpine Bank, is the first person people turn to when fund raising is needed for a good cause. She and her husband have been involved in creating child-care management in Aspen, founding a grief and loss support group, and forming the Colorado Community for Early Childcare and Education.

Loren Ryerson, a member of the Aspen Police Department, has also put in many years as a ski patroller and with Mountain Rescue-Aspen.

The Ryersons won’t be the only people on center stage Saturday night. The Bartenders’ Ball will also hand out plaques for the Patroller of the Year from each of the Aspen Skiing Co.’s four mountains; Volunteer Firefighter of the Year from Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt; and Mountain Rescue-Aspen Volunteer of the Year.

The annual Bartenders’ Ball is a major fund-raiser for the Aspen Youth Center, Tipsy Taxi and the Aspen Buddy Program. The event has raised close to $400,000 for those groups during the last decade.

The ball was started by and is still promoted by bartenders from throughout the Aspen area. Last year, it moved to Snowmass Village.

Saturday’s “black tie” event will feature foods prepared by top chefs of the area, dancing, a casino, silent auction and music by Network, Groove Line, Frank Todaro Trio and Bob Yang.

Tickets, available at the Wheeler Opera House ticket office, are $125, or tables of 10 can be reserved for $1,500. Tables of six are $900. Call 1-(800)-341-1494 to reserve a table.

The annual Bartenders’ Ball is a major fund-raiser for the Aspen Youth Center, Tipsy Taxi and the Aspen Buddy Program.


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