Valley outreach efforts continue
Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud has declared this week “Aspen Hurricane Relief Week.” Here is a comprehensive list of events in the next several days pertaining to relief efforts for Katrina victims, as well as a partial list of ongoing opportunities to help. Any information on further opportunities can be sent to Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-9156 (fax) or 925-3414, ext. 234.n Several local restaurants are participating in a nationwide hurricane relief effort called “Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour,” from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. New Orleans-style cocktails will be available for $10; proceeds will benefit a special tax-deductible relief fund established by the Museum of the American Cocktail for displaced New Orleans food and beverage industry workers. Of 110 participating restaurants and bars, Aspen-area eateries currently include Jimmy’s, the Hotel Jerome, Kenichi, Pacifica, Genre, Iguana’s and Willow Creek Bistro. Mardi Gras beads donated by Jimmy’s will be given out for each cocktail ordered. Visit www. museumoftheamericancocktail.org/cocktail200 for more information.n The city of Aspen and Pitkin County are hosting a resource coordination meeting Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in City Council chambers at Aspen City Hall. Individuals, businesses and organizations with resources of any kind (jobs, housing, food supplies, medical assistance, heavy equipment, trucks, etc.) may attend to identify these resources to others. RSVP by today to 920-5079. n Tomorrow night, a number of local businesses and musicians are participating in an evening of food, music and auctions on Aspen’s Fat Tuesday, during which profits will be donated to local relocation efforts and the Aspen Community Foundation’s relief efforts. (See related story for details.)n The Dogwood Grill and Aspen Valley Hurricane Relief Fund are having a cocktail party and silent auction Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Dogwood Grill in Basalt, for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Tickets are $50 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Bush/Clinton Hurricane Fund. For more information contact David Rittvo (a New Orleans native) at 963-9418 or Susan Koch at 927-4000.n Fin’s Grille in Glenwood Springs is hosting a benefit buffet on Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., during which 100 percent of donations will be given to the American Red Cross. The Katrina Benefit Cajun Buffet will feature live music by Marty Martinez and Friends, and a silent auction of items and services donated by community businesses, organizations and individuals. All proceeds from the silent auction will also be sent to the American Red Cross.Fin’s is located at 710 Grand Ave. in downtown Glenwood Springs, and can be reached at 945-4771.n There are opportunities to help hurricane victims during the Maroon Bells Festival of Color on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Willow Creek Bistro will serve New Orleans Gumbo for $5 a cup, and will donate all proceeds to the American Red Cross. Iguana’s Bar & Grille will donate 10 percent of its profits during the festival. Participating artists in the event, which features up to 50 local artists creating work in Highlands Plaza throughout the day, have pledged to make donations to Aspen Youth Experience, a non-profit which is helping its alumnae who are victims of the storm.n Local business Bid Aspen, which operates its own eBay Store, is taking items to sell on the auction site, donating all proceeds to the American Red Cross through September. Anyone donating items will get a receipt, and all unsold items will be returned to their original owners. Bid Aspen is waiving its usual fees. Visit http://www.bidaspen.com or call 925-2300.n Ann Harris, dean of CMC’s Aspen Campus and a local Rotarian, is collecting donations for local Rotary districts and taking responsibility for getting them deposited into a Rotary Club Foundation account so that the money is tax deductible. Her local Rotary district is partnering with Rotary districts in the areas devastated by the storm and its aftermath to ensure the funds help the communities that have been hardest hit. For further information, on how to contribute through the Rotarians, contact Ann Harris at 925-7740 ext. 2400.n Sherrie Schilleci, a Louisiana resident displaced by the hurricane with her 12-year-old son, is seeking a job and some other help getting restarted in the Roaring Fork Valley. She is currently staying with her sister, Snowmass Village municipal court clerk Charmaine Gillen, but is supporting her son without the benefit of her last paycheck. She could use cash (an account has been set up for her at Alpine Bank), tops in women’s size 2X or 3X or 22-24, pants in size 18-20, and size 9 women’s shoes. The boy wears sizes 14-16, men’s medium, pants size 18-20, and men’s size 9 shoes. Warm winter clothes are appreciated. Call Gillen at 309-4537 or 923-5330 to help.n Carl’s Pharmacy in Aspen has donation boxes at the front registers.n A Red Cross account has been set up at Alpine Bank. The bank and a local couple are matching any funds donated, up to $50,000.n Donations can be made by phone at (800) HELP NOW (435-7669), or online at http://www.redcross.org.
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