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AYPA’s holiday party

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado

Newlyweds Chris Kiley and Krystal England relive the memories from their Terrace Room wedding reception with Melina Glavas, the director of catering at The Little Nell in Aspen. (May Selby)

The Aspen Young Professionals Association’s fifth annual member party at The Little Nell kicked off the holiday season last Tuesday. The recently remodeled Terrace Room was the setting of the festive event and was decorated with holiday floral arrangements and pine boughs from Harrington Smith.

Newlyweds Chris Kiley and Krystal England relived fond memories from their Oct. 6 wedding reception at The Nell with Melina Glavas, the hotel’s director of catering.

“We’re thrilled to launch the new Terrace Room,” added Glavas of the inviting space. “We added a seafood bar and are featuring Asian/South American fusion by Chef Ryan Hardy. There’s a great vibe here ” perfect for apres-ski.”

Always a great source of networking and meeting new friends, AYPA events often offer more than a social component. For the holiday party, members were asked to bring four items each to contribute to a canned food drive for LIFT-UP, a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing essential humanitarian assistance.

LIFT-UP was formed in 1982 and stands for Life Interfaith Team on Unemployment and Poverty. Boxes of donated goods from guests lined the wall behind the AYPA party’s registration tables.

As guests left the party, board members distributed AYPA mouse pads, quite the “apropos” parting gift for young professionals.