Kudos: Feb. 25, 2018 | AspenTimes.com

Kudos: Feb. 25, 2018

Thanks to you, Aspen Deaf Camp is back on track

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, staff and campers, I want to thank all of you for your generosity through donations, volunteer hours and kind wishes after the recent vandalism at Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It is heartwarming to know that after 50 years in this amazing community, you still have our backs. We were able to clean up, repair and ready for a wonderful winter camp this past weekend. We would love to see your continued involvement at Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Come visit. Sign up to Volunteer. Tour the campus. Help us change lives around the world. In gratitude,

Dr. Lesa Thomas

Executive Director

Thanks for making Ski for the Pass such a success

While blue skies and great snow are a matter of luck, having a supremely organized and enthusiastic crew of volunteers is a matter of grace and deserving of praise.

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Thank you to all those volunteers who made Sunday's sixth annual Ski for the Pass — a benefit for the Independence Pass Foundation hosted by the Ute Mountaineer — such a success, including: Jim Paussa, Sam Barg, Mark Kinchloe, Tom Catlin, Joyce Meredith, Gail Holstein, David Hyman, Kristen Henry, Boots Ferguson, King Woodward, Bill Gruenberg, Lindsey Utter and Taku Ide—HUGE thanks!

A big shout out, as well, to the city of Aspen's Jake Moe for his superlative shuttling skills, Ben Fullmer, Chris Petersen, Steve Ross and Mike Mills from Aspen Parks and Recreation for their masterful grooming, Paradise Bakery for making the kids' day with cookies at the top, and the Ute's Paul Perley for his geniality throughout.

And to anyone who has not had the pleasure of skiing up Independence Pass on a groomed trail with drinks and goodies along the way, please consider coming out next year. It is a great event for every size, age and ability. Our finishers this year ranged from ages 8 to 70!

Karin Teague

Aspen

Thank you for support of Gary Daniel

Thank you so very much to all who came out on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in support of Gary Daniel, and gave of their hearts, talents and resources. Your presence and generosity ensure his continued success in the healing process following a recent stroke.

We are overwhelmed and grateful to be surrounded by such a loving community, especially those in our theatrical family. When one of their own go down, they perform. It is a beautiful tradition and a marvelous gift. With the help of many, Kathy Pelowski assembled an impressive and touching evening. With laughter and tears, we absorbed the devotion of our talented friends.

Thank you to the Aspen Community Church for donating their beautiful space, allowing this event to take place. Local chefs, caterers, and individuals created an extraordinary reception for which we are extremely grateful. We are determined to personally thank everyone involved. We were humbled as our friends influenced their friends, and together rallied an entire community on our behalf.

We are thankful, too, for those who have been assisting us for months now. We've been fed. We've been chauffeured. Our shifts have been covered by coworkers, who were already overextended during the holiday season. Friends drove to Grand Junction so that Gary could see a familiar face on the days I needed to be in Aspen. His hospital room was adorned with plants, flowers, a lit tree and garland. Get-well cards papered the walls. Our texts, email and voice mail were filled with messages of love, concern and offers of assistance.

While I wish a serious medical situation on no one, I do hope that every one of you is granted a moment of beautiful awareness, a chance to know how many hearts are in your corner, and how hard they are willing to beat for you.

When Gary and I have arrived safely on the other side of this adventure, I believe our new focus may be on living long enough to pay all of this goodness forward.

With appreciation, and enormous gratitude,

Meredith Daniel

Aspen