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Readers Say Thanks

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) and the Rifle Animal Shelter would like to thank the Hotel Jerome and our wonderful community for participating in the K-9 Karnival Adoption Fair.

Dogs and their people were welcomed in the Hotel Jerome Ballroom on Sunday, March 13, for an afternoon filled with fun, laughter, music and philanthropy. More than 20 presenters, including our four animal rescue groups, dog trainers, pet shops, veterinarians, service dogs and search-and-rescue dogs were on site in an effort to support and promote the adoption of shelter dogs (and cats).

Special thanks to Hotel Jerome general manager Ed Towfighnia and Belinda Oster for their work in organizing and executive chef Robert McClanahan, who prepared fresh-baked Doggy D’oeuvres.

Thanks also to Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter board member and local artist, Georgeann Waggaman, for her face-painting skills, which turned children into their favorite animals; fellow board member Mimi Teschner who playfully donned her cat costume in order to give the felines some representation at the dog-filled event; Dr. John Kuck, from the Aspen Animal Hospital; Charlie Martin, Aspen community safety officer; and singer-songwriter Dan Sheridan who sang our favorites, including his best-known song, the touching ode to man’s best friend, “Dog Food.”

The K-9 Karnival Adoption Fair was an event created to centralize dog-related organizations in order to educate, enlighten and entertain the public, while ultimately benefiting homeless pets throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond – and it did just that. Thank you to our community and to everyone involved.

Seth Sachson and Anne Gurchick, Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter

Kelley Brenninger, A.R.F. (Animal Rescue Foundation)

Leslie Rockey, CARE (Colorado Animal Rescue)

Heather Mullen, Rifle Animal Shelter

The fundraiser began as one auction item. My sister-in-law Missy had arranged for one Jane Lee painting to be displayed for two weeks at the Riviera Supper Club. Colleen Stuart, the owner of the Riviera, OK’d the plan, and she thought she might know of a couple more artists who would participate. What started as a sweet gesture to help pay a bill or two became an overwhelming show of love and support from this community.

To label what happened on March 1 as a “fundraiser” would be missing the magnitude of what really happened. In an amazing demonstration of support, the community came together, and around a thousand donations later, you gave me a gift of over $40,000. But the impact your support has had on my spirit is impossible to value.

Coming to terms with brain cancer has been the biggest challenge of my life. My faith in God is how I am getting through this, and he gave me the most wonderful blessing that evening. It felt like everyone I have ever known, and many that I did not, wanted me to know that they were praying for me. There is no way to describe how this makes me feel, but know that your love, support and prayers help me.

I am so blessed. God has blessed me with a beautiful family, from the support and love my mom, dad and mother-in-law give me, to hugs and kisses from my four sweet kids. He has blessed me with a church family at Mountain View that blankets me with comfort and gives me peace during a really hard time. And he has blessed me with all of you – a community of people that truly cares about each other. You are lifting me up.

The night of March 1 showed me the best we all have to offer. It showed me that here, no matter what we are facing, we are not facing it alone. Most importantly, I was reminded of how much my friends and family mean to me, and how lucky I am to live in a place where people help people when they need it.

Thank you for all you have done. God bless each and every one of you.

Myka Yellico

Glenwood Springs

Last month, schools across the country celebrated reading with various activities and events. Sopris Elementary School participated in this exciting reading program. Our students reached their goal of reading 500,000 minutes during the month of February. The first-grade students and teachers were fortunate to have several guest readers share their love of reading with us.

We appreciate the time and enthusiasm from our special readers: Nancy Boyer, Maureen Bradshaw, Peggy Chandler, Terri Hailey, Sandy Hartmann, Howard Jay, Connie Lewis, Debbie McKenna, Pam Robinson and Joe Sprick.

Thank you.

Sopris Elementary School first-grade teachers Jody Jordan, Tara Kluth, Kelly Philbin, Julie Ramey, Maureen Walters, Stephanie West and Beth Wissing, and all the Sopris Elementary first-grade students

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