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Woof, woof, meow, meow

Dear Editor:As a member of the board of directors of the Aspen/Pitkin Animal Shelter capital campaign, I want to acknowledge and thank some of my fellow board members for their dedicated commitment of time, energy, and money to build a new home for the homeless pets of Aspen and Pitkin County.Georgeann Waggaman is not only the chair of our board, but she is also an excellent artist; in 2000 she created the conceptual renderings of the new shelter in order for the public to better understand our vision. Gesine Crandall, a founding board member, is our treasurer who works countless hours to manage our money and balance the books to the penny.As the secretary, Bland Nest, also a founding board member, oversees virtually every aspect of the capital campaign; we all call Bland, day and night because she always has an answer for every question ranging from grammar to graphics. Bland also photographs the homeless dogs and cats that appear in the newspaper, and she maintains and updates the shelter website as well.We originally hired Al Dietsch as the attorney for our non-profit, however, Al soon refused our money and became a member of the board, as well as our in-house attorney. Krista Eddy is a hard-working board member all year, but she works even harder each summer when she heads the silent auction for our annual fund-raiser, the Bow-Wow Meow Ball. Amy Feldman is always noted for her creativity in fundraising, as is most recently exemplified by her houndhaus project which recruited local architects and builders to create dog, cat, and bird houses to be auctioned off in order to raise money for the new shelter at our Bow-Wow Meow Ball.Melinda Goldrich is an asset to our non-profit community in general and a tireless fundraiser for the shelter. She is also the head of our Bow-Wow Meow Ball, a huge feat unto itself. Adam Goldsmith brings an intelligent, rational mind to the board; he is also the creator of, and volunteer photographer for, our pet calendar, which has quickly become a must for animal lovers in Aspen and beyond. Anne Gurchick maintains our large database of donors and naming opportunities. Anne is special – she is a true volunteer at the animal shelter and helps run our booth at the Saturday Market. She takes shelter dogs home over the weekend to help socialize them and prepare them for adoption. Carol Loewenstern is in charge of our pet tile project, in which pet lovers submit photographs of their pets to be hand-painted on tiles and displayed on the walls of the new shelter. Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan is a devoted board member who has also contributed generously to help build a new animal shelter. Mimi Teschner is always available with priceless knowledge and pure, unadulterated energy.Last, but not least, Cheryl Wyly, an animal lover and active board member who has contributed the remaining funds necessary for the Aspen/Pitkin Animal Shelter capital campaign to meet our commitment in fundraising. These people are just some, but not all, of the board members who have helped to build a new home for the homeless pets of Aspen and Pitkin County. Seth SachsonAspen Animal Shelter

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