Mountain Mayhem: A solid gold gala
Every spring the well-loved Wildwood School presents an annual fundraiser to support its programs. The preschool, housed in twin domes set on several acres of White River National Forest Land, fosters a unique environmental arts program. They emphasize a hands-on approach to learning, including nature hikes in the summer and animal tracking on snowshoes in the winter, building on basic steps toward kindergarten readiness and social-emotional preparedness.
This year’s fundraiser April 8 at the Hotel Jerome took on a gilded theme for the evening. Alumni, parents, staff and friends got dressed to the nines for the “Solid Gold” gala, wearing sparkles, sequins and shiny attire. All enjoyed dinner, drinks and dancing to the 10-piece, high-energy band Tunisia. Vince Lahey served as the MC and live auctioneer, provoking high bids for fun items like a teepee for kids decorated by Wildwood students, and a booze cruise for adults on the Wildwood school bus with stops at the Woody Creek Distillery, the Aspen Brewing Co., and Bootsy Bellows for table service. All in all, it was a spectacular evening and record-breaking fundraiser for the preschool, which has been a vital part of our community for more than 35 years.
Visit their sleek website for more info and to see video and photo galleries of Aspen’s next generation: http://www.wildschool.org.
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