Snowmass Rotary shows spirit of giving

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

Like many Rotary clubs, the Snowmass chapter holds fundraisers throughout the year to raise donations for its various charitable ventures, including the community grant program. This year, through that program, the club donated a total of $27,000 to 16 valley nonprofits.

Snowmass Rotary presented checks to those organizations at its meeting on Dec. 3. The charities are:

Aspen Legal Services

Aspen Hope Center

Aspen Youth Center

The Carbondale Clay Center

Challenge Aspen

Christmas Wish

HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley

Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley

Little Red School House

Project 18


Roaring Fork Conservancy

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention

Wind Walkers

Youth Zone

Representatives of the nonprofits attended the Dec. 3 meeting, and many explained what the funds would be used for. For example, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers plans to use the donation to support its youth program. The Roaring Fork Conservancy will put the money toward its water education programs in local schools.

Others are located right here in Snowmass Village, including Challenge Aspen; Little Red Schoolhouse, where 32 of its 35 families live or work here; and Project 18, whose summer camp Smashbox served 170 kids last year.

The Rotary club’s next fundraiser is the Mammoth Meltdown, which it already has started selling tickets for. For more information, visit


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