Kudos: Aug, 26, 2018 | AspenTimes.com

Kudos: Aug, 26, 2018

Thank you, former Secretary of State Albright

Recently, English in Action was honored to host former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at our first ever benefit at Hotel Jerome. We're thrilled to report the event was a resounding success. Secretary Albright shared her journey from refugee and immigrant to the United States to eventually join the highest ranks of U.S. government. She spoke movingly about America's core values of democracy and inclusion. She reminded the sold-out crowd that no one leaves their home country easily, or without cause.

Guests embraced Secretary Albright's message of unity and compassion for our immigrant neighbors. They equally embraced the courage of English In Action student Bernardina Banuelos who shared her own story — in broken but beautiful English — of a Mexican childhood in extreme poverty with no access to education. They stepped up like never before to support our programs that help adult immigrants learn English while building cross-cultural bridges in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We are deeply grateful to our host committee, sponsors, guests, everyone who raised their paddle, volunteered, cooked or served the food, poured the wine, played the music, produced our video, photographed the event, built the stage, ran A/V, or otherwise contributed to a "truly memorable" evening, in the words of the Secretary Albright herself. We could not have done it without a single one of you!

Very special thanks to Jim Calaway, whose efforts on our behalf made it all possible.

Above all, our heartfelt appreciation goes to Secretary Albright for helping us promote unity and celebrate diversity in our community and beyond.

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Event chairs Lisa Chiles, Julie Comins, Amy Gordon, Susan Lodge, Lynn Nichols and Cathy O'Connell, and Executive Director Lara Beaulieu

The staff and board of English in Action

Great article, Aspen Journalism

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Great efforts and expense have been made to adequately inform the Board of County Commissioners, Open Space and Trails and everyone that great river and riparian improvements are in the best long-range interests of this special place. Great thanks also goes to Delia and the current caucus leadership. All have done their best.

Bill Hanks

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