Letter (Tuesday, Aug. 13): Bramsons grateful for community support | AspenTimes.com

Letter (Tuesday, Aug. 13): Bramsons grateful for community support



Dear Editor:

There is simply not enough space, maybe in the entire paper, to fully express the depth of our gratitude for the caring, support and love that this community has extended to us in a challenging time.

When our friend, Trudi Watkins-Johnson, learned of our five, possibly six surgeries, in a four-month span, many of which will not be covered by insurance, she insisted on putting together a benefit to assist us with the medical bills. We were strongly hesitant, because the perception that we have our hand out was embarrassing. But, Trudi persevered and single-handedly planned, organized and implemented a phenomenal benefit event on Thursday, Aug. 1, at El JeBowl, in El Jebel.

We were overwhelmed with emotion as over 250 people came to celebrate, eat, bowl and bid at a fantastic silent auction, which Trudi coordinated. Our friends, Matt Harrington and Poser, played the evening (on Matt's birthday, yet), and we have been stunned by the positive support and friendship we have received. What an amazing place — truly a community that cares for, and loves, its own.

We can't adequately thank Trudi and our sponsors enough: The Aspen Times, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty, Fleisher Land & Homes, Woody Clapper and El JeBowl, Poser, Basalt Printing, our more than 70 silent-auction donors, every business that put up a poster in its window, the 250-plus people who attended the event, and the many more who have shared their loving thoughts and generous contributions to help us through this period. We are truly buoyed by the positivity and encouragement we continue to receive by the people in this wonderful community.

Each day, which we are gifted with in the Roaring Fork Valley, is simply another day in paradise, and we will revel in that day, embrace each day, and be eternally grateful for the depth of friends and love we have surrounding us.

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Oh, and to paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of our deaths have been greatly exaggerated.

From the bottom of our hearts — thank you, thank you, thank you!

Bennett and Jessica Bramson

Old Snowmass