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Aspen Valley Medical Foundation holds annual Celebration of Giving event

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (AVMF) will hold its annual Celebration of Giving on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Hotel Jerome’s Grand Ballroom. The celebration begins at 5 p.m.

But it’s the local community nonprofit organizations that receive funds from the more than $1.2 million in community grants in 2008, that benefit from AVMF ” and its donors’ ” generosity.

Local nonprofit organizations like Family Visitor Programs, Advocate Safehouse and the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers depend upon local foundations for support. For Family Visitor Programs Executive Director Sandy Swanson, the support is much more than just funds to operate.



Swanson said that a lot of funding for Family Visitor Programs comes from statewide foundations because of the support from local foundations like AVMF.

“It really is important,” Swanson said. “We provide a lot of medical information regarding pregnancy for women from Aspen to Parachute, so we fit right in with (AVMF’s) mission.”



AVMF Executive Director Kris Marsh agreed, saying that it’s been the foundation’s mission, for 35 years, to meet the health care needs of the people in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“That is our mission, and we do that by supporting Aspen Valley Hospital and other organizations in the valley that promote health and well being.”

And there is a growing need now, more than ever, according to Marsh, especially in the direct assistance programs throughout the valley.

“There is clearly an increasing economic need,” Marsh said regarding the current economic downturn. “We always thought that we were immune, but we are not. A lot of people are losing their housing and employment, and our job is to reduce the suffering of people in the valley.”

Wednesday’s Celebration of Giving event honors everyone who contributes to the work of the Foundation including donors and volunteers, and those who benefit from the work such as the Community Grant recipients, Aspen Valley Hospital, health care scholarship winners, and other projects that AVMF sponsors, such as the Aspen Homeless Shelter and Hospice of the Valley.

Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items, diapers and new unwrapped toys to be distributed to local nonprofits.

This year, AVMF granted $440,000 to 31 health and human service nonprofits from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Community Grants encompass a wide variety of human service work from mental health care to providing help for victims of domestic violence. The Community Grants are supported by the Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign and matched by the foundation.

AVMF also contributed $680,000 to Aspen Valley Hospital, $100,000 in scholarships and $40,000 to direct assistance programs to aid residents of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

jgardner@postindependent.com


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