Mountain Mayhem: Paying It Forward | AspenTimes.com

Mountain Mayhem: Paying It Forward

by May Selby

In the spirit of giving, Aspen real estate firm Palladium Properties hosted a holiday gathering on Nov. 30 at The Little Nell. Taking the concept of a festive get-together a step further, Palladium's owner and founder Krista Klees folded an opportunity for charitable giving into the event's mission.

Klees connected a group of influential women in the community for the first annual "Palladium Promises" luncheon, bringing them together to celebrate the season while thinking of others by making a difference.

Guests were sent an invitation to join for lunch, accompanied by a pledge letter to fill out anonymously and bring in a sealed envelope to the reception. All made a promise to contribute to a charity of their choice, describing why they were moved to support that cause and noting the amount of their donation.

Approximately 25 women took part in the event, choosing organizations near and dear to their hearts to honor. As broker Ann Abernethy read the pledges aloud, sighs of support and curiosity were elicited from guests. The 24 beneficiaries represented a mix of local and national charities, earning a combined $6,500 + in the very first year of this effort. As the event drew to a close, Klees thanked all for coming and for their generosity to the worthy causes, noting "our next Palladium Promises event will be even more successful, more inspiring, and more fun than the first!"

The charities for this initial event who have or will be receiving said donations include Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Adopting Angels, American Society of Landscape Architects, Aspen Animal Shelter, Aspen Education Foundation, Aspen Hope Center, Aspen School District, Aspen Youth Center, the Buddy Program, Challenge Aspen, Colorado Women's Education Foundation, the Early Learning Center, English In Action, the Forest Conservancy, Hospice of the Valley, Lucky Day, Mind Springs Health, Mountain Family Health Centers, Pathfinders, Peterson Hospice, Roaring Fork Leadership and Windwalkers.

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