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RFPEF’s black and white ball

As public schools face each year with new sets of challenges, parents and business professionals in the community have stepped up to the plate to lend a hand.

More than 170 people attended “Back to the Prom,” a black and white charity ball hosted by Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation on April 3 at the Hotel Colorado.

The sole purpose of the elegant soiree was the same as the mission of the foundation, which is to raise money and give it back to the teachers and faculty in the Re-1 School District.

And giving back is what it’s all about, especially for Peter Frey, who was a university professor at Northwestern University in Chicago for thirty years.

He said, “Public Education is the smartest investment a society can make. It makes our society what it is and gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the economic wealth. It’s what makes America what it is.”

Frey is on the board of directors at the foundation and offers his time and support to the foundation so that he can give back what was given to him – an education and an opportunity to succeed.

At a time when many believe improving education and schools should be among the highest legislative priority, RFPEF is on the front line, intent on improving the public school system with additional funds and resources.

Irene Friedman, executive director of the foundation said, “It’s our civic responsibility to help educate the next generation. We’re all in this together to provide the extra layer for the schools.”

The foundation has a committed network of people who are working together to make that happen, even if it means going back to the prom.

From left, Jacinda O’Neill of Glenwood is an art teacher at Roaring Fork High School, Edelmira Rascon of New Castle is a translator for the RE-1 school district, Virginia Beckman of New Castle is a teacher at Rifle High School and Ryan Beckman is manager at Alpine Bank.

Jim Rominger, left, of Basalt is a contractor, Ann Rominger is a full-time mom, LeeAnn Eustis of Carbondale is on the RFPEF board of directors, Mary Ann LyBarger of Edwards is a substitute teacher in Eagle County and Tim LyBarger is regional vice-president at American National Bank and sits on the RFPEF board.

Alpine Bank employees from left, Jim Corsentino of Glenwood is senior vice-president, Sue LaGiglia-Corsentino is vice-president of marketing, Molly Beattie of Carbondale is a RFPEF donor and director of corporate marketing and Richard Fuller of Carbondale is president at Alpine Bank.

Mike Copp, left, of Glenwood, is city manager for the City of Glenwood Springs, Heather Copp is chief financial officer at RFTA, Carol Brown of Glenwood works for the CMC foundation and Bill Efting of Basalt is the town manger for Basalt and a RFPEF donor.

Mike Blair of New Castle is principal at Bridges High School, Julie Olson of New Castle is Executive Director of Advocate Safehouse, Sharon Wall of Glenwood is vice-president at Wells Fargo Bank and Fred Wall of Glenwood is superintendent of the Re-1 school district.

From left, Dr. John Findley of Carbondale is a family practice physician, Alysha Walker of Carbondale teaches second grade at Carbondale Elementary School, Margaret Romero of Carbondale sits on the RFPEF board of directors and is a teacher at Carbondale Elementary School and Dwayne Romero is director of development at Obermeyer Place in Aspen.

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