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Spring Flings

To kick off the offseason, a couple of evening events took place to benefit local nonprofits Mountain Regional Housing Corporation (MRHC) and Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC). The first annual Great Match a Meeting of the Senses was held on April 16 at the Roaring Fork Club as a fund-raiser for MRHC, a nonprofit organization offering homebuyers assistance and affordable housing options in the Roaring Fork Valley. Sponsored in part by Catherines Store Wine and Liquors and the Roaring Fork Club, the party was a hit with more than 400 guests in attendance. Fine wines and microbrews were paired with gourmet foods from restaurants and caterers throughout the valley. The delectable evening of wining and dining was accompanied by a fine-wine auction. It was like a mini Food & Wine fest in the spring, said guest Terry Rigney. The event showcased Catherines Store Wine and Liquors evolution into a high-end wine shop. Since Rhonda Blacks purchase of the store last year, it now boasts one of the finest wine cellars on the Western Slope. Black coordinated the wines, microbrews and gourmet foods for the tasting event.The Great Match offered a great opportunity for wine and beer lovers to enjoy a fabulous tasting event and also help build sustainable communities through beneficiary Mountain Regional Housings nonprofit development and housing services, explained Susan Shirley, MRHCs executive director.All proceeds from the Great Match will directly benefit MRHCs programs, which include down-payment assistance through its $400k Revolving Loan Fund and Homebuyer Education Workshops, given monthly for free in both English and Spanish. Mountain Regional Housing is also a nonprofit developer with special access to grant funds and low-interest loans for new home construction. AVSCs spring benefit at the Pine Creek Cookhouse has been a favorite outing for parents and alumni over the years. The mission of the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club is to provide opportunities for Roaring Fork Valley youth to engage and excel in winter sports. The mission of the evening at the Pine Creek Cookhouse is to help raise funds for the AVSC nordic skiers race season. AVSC parents and Pine Creek Cookhouse owners John and Juliet Wilcox happily host the annual April benefit. With the re-creation of the legendary Pine Creek Cookhouse from a one-room structure into a spectacular new log cabin this past winter, it now accommodates nearly twice as many guests. Guests convened at the King Cabin in Ashcroft with skis and headlamps for a twilight tour to the restaurant, where chef Kurt Boucher served a gourmet dinner upon arrival.A highlight of the evening was Toby Morses delivery of reasons you might be a nordic parent, according to AVSC parent Elizabeth Boyles. After having spent nearly every weekend together during the race season, driving across the state through blizzards, sharing motel rooms with multitudinous teenagers, serving up spaghetti, chopping firewood, serving more spaghetti, cleaning up spaghetti, sharing the thrills and pathos of watching your children win and lose races, the evening at the Cookhouse is a great way to celebrate, continued Boyles.Following dinner, toasts and speeches, cut-loose dancing ensued with a soul train making rounds through the restaurant. For further details on MRHC, log onto http://www.housingcommunity.org. To learn more about AVSC, click on http://www.teamavsc.com.To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail: allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com

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