Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (March 19, 2017) | AspenTimes.com

Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (March 19, 2017)

The unsung hero of America’s Uphill

On March 11, over 300 people participated in America’s Uphill by either racing or volunteering to help out with all the logistics of such a big event. At the awards ceremony, Bob Wade from Ute Mountaineer made sure to thank each and every sponsor. So many local business made prize donations that were very much appreciated, lots of the volunteers were recipients of prizes from the massive raffle and virtually no one went home empty-handed, but Bob neglected to thank himself.

A great community event for Aspen, and on behalf of all the competitors, thank you, Bob Wade.


Team captain, Buttermilk Bullets

Aspen hospitality on display

Last week, the local Jewish community hosted another group of wounded Israeli soldiers for the 10th year, in our nonprofit program Golshim L’Chaim-Ski To Live. It was our honor to have these defenders of Israel as our guests in Aspen for a week, learning to ski and snowboard with the help of adaptive instructors from the CAMO Division of Challenge Aspen. The participants enjoyed the luxury of spending a week away from their normally stressful lives, taking a break from further surgeries, and from weeks of physical rehabilitation from injuries that will effect the rest of their lives.

This year, we were especially blessed to have the support and commitment of the local Christian community. With the extraordinary presence of Pastor Jim Tarr, his wife, Pam, and approximately 100 congregants from Christ Community Church in Basalt, the unity between Christian and Jew, Aspen and Israel was overwhelmingly demonstrated when they joined us for one glorious Shabbat dinner at the Aspen Chabad JCC. We would like to especially thank those who came to show support of the program, as well as show respect to the IDF soldiers present who have made enormous sacrifices to protect the land of Israel. It was extremely moving and greatly appreciated to have you share this wonderful event with us.

Thanks to the support of our many generous donors, we have provided 10 years of these life-changing experiences to over 150 soldiers so far, and we plan on continuing our efforts well into the future. Thanks also to Jewish Colorado, UJA Aspen Valley, and the many volunteers and helpers who make this effort a success! And thanks to Shlomo and Peggy Ben Hamoo of Shlomo’s and Andrew Sandler of Bootsy Bellows for going overboard on providing fun!

Rabbi Mendel Mintz, Aspen Chabad JCC

Nina Zale, Aspen

Limelight Hotel goes the extra mile

I would like to publicly thank the honest staff at Limelight Hotel for returning my purse to me, fully intact. It contained some valuable items. Thanks so much.

Margaret Lynton

Aspen and Australia’s Gold Coast

A healthy dose of appreciation

In early February, a delegation of medical professionals visited the Roaring Fork Valley from the Ramón Carrillo Hospital located in Aspen’s Sister City of Bariloche, Argentina. The purpose of this visit was to participate in the Aspen Bariloche Medical Exchange Program. This program was founded by the Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation and Aspen Sister Cities. Since 2003 we have been working to improve patient care in our communities through education, philanthropy and cultural exchanges.

Thank you to our community for being so welcoming to orthopedic surgeons Tomas Trapani and Ernest Barbeito, anesthesiologist Marisa Capdevila, pharmacist Marcela Gil, physical therapist Enrique Santillan and nutritionist Mercedes Terceño.

This exchange would not be possible without our extremely dedicated volunteers. We especially thank: Tito Liotta, orthopedic surgeon at Valley View Hospital; Mark Purnell, orthopedic Surgeon at Aspen Valley Hospital; Krista Fox, occupational therapist at Aspen Valley Hospital; Chris Beck, anesthesiologist at Aspen Valley Hospital; Alyssa Franklin, pharmacist at Aspen Valley Hospital; Kimber Kurr, physical therapist at Aspen Valley Hospital; and Sandy Holmes, nutritionist at Aspen Valley Hospital.

We sincerely appreciate the generous donations and continued support from several of our local businesses, including: Mountain Chalet for providing housing to several members of the delegation; Aspen Skiing Co.; Bonnie’s Restaurant; L’Hostaria; Dr. Tom and Carol Kurt and the Colorado Mountain Club; James Ibbotson; Aspen and Bariloche Sister Cities; Aspen Valley Hospital and Valley View Hospital.

Griff Smith, Aspen Sister Cities

Dr. Mark Purnell and Laura Pritchard

Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation

Basalt Recreation gives thanks

Basalt Recreation would like to send a thank-you to all the people who made our 2017 Instructional League Basketball a fun and successful season. Our coaches make the season special for all the players by making the game fun and teaching fundamentals and awesome sportsmanship. It is a pleasure to work with these talented individuals.

Thank you to Peter Dolan, Ryan and Ginny Beckman, Robert Peters, Scott Garcia, Ben Allen, Pat Barill, Steve Clettenberg, Mike Geiser, Tyler Sims, Jeff Gatlin, Chris Lane, Doug Olson and Todd Hartley. Thank you to all our fantastic referees. Thank you to the parents who attended the games and cheered on the teams. Thank you to our sponsors for your continued support. Thank you to the other valley recreation departments for your help in making this a great season. And finally, thank you to all our young players who made this a fun season to be in the gymnasiums watching your dedication to the sport, the team and to your coaches.

Dorothy Howard

Basalt Recreation Department

March grants from Aspen Thrift Shop

Every month, volunteers of The Thrift Shop of Aspen meet to continue to accomplish our mission; to make grants to other nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley. We are grateful to all community members who faithfully support our efforts by donating and purchasing gently used clothing and household items. For the month of March we are pleased to announce the following recipients: Aspen Aerospace Alliance, Spellbinders, 5-Point Film Festival, Aspen Motherpuckers, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Aspen Middle School Solar Squad, The Forest Conservancy, Basalt High School Book Club, Children’s Rocky Mountain School, Bridging Bionics Foundation and Rock and Roll Academy.

The ladies of The Thrift Shop of Aspen

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