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The choice of giving

Dear Editor:

On April 4 the Aspen Business Luncheon hosted four women who were leaders of private local foundations that help improve the condition of individuals locally and elsewhere.

What is notable is that these four women – Tamara Tormohlen, executive director for the Aspen Community Foundation; Terri Caine, co-founder of Summit 54; Soledad Hurst with the Hurst Family Foundation; and Kris Marsh, president and CEO of the Aspen Medical Foundation – have chosen to spend their time contributing. Like all of us, these women had options for experiencing the incredible gift of being part of this remarkable community.



They have decided to use their advantage toward helping others.

Though the greed that has caused our present economic challenges demonstrates the need for oversight, it is apparent that we cannot count on the government to create the changes necessary for human flourishing. It is individuals and nongovernment organizations such as these that will make the difference.



It was noted that getting other advantaged individuals to participate in contributing was not always successful. I am hopeful that the example set by these four outstanding women will encourage many to assume similar roles.

At a recent fundraiser a friend of mine paraphrased Jimmie Heuga, that remarkable Olympian who became afflicted with multiple sclerosis. Despite his illness, Heuga dedicated the remainder of his life toward enhancing the lives of others. Jimmie commented that if each of us chose a cause that helped the world, we could clean up our mess.

It makes sense to treat others the way we would like to be treated. With the ever-shrinking world, “others” is changing to encompass the entire human family. It is helpful to remember that the way we treat others is a direct reflection of how we feel about ourselves.

Have a giving day!

John McCormick

Aspen


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