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Larry & Rhonda Kimball would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all you people involved in the cancer funds, donations, auction, rodeo, etc., thrown for us. Special thanks to Mary Donnelly and Betty Olsen for starting it all at Clauddaughs Irish Pub, plus all their staff. Also, the Sons of the American Legion Post 100, Valerie Hughes and the Girl Scouts of Chipeta, Catherine Store, Twirp Anderson, John C. Martin the list is endless and too many to mention. Just when we were thinking theres no light at the end of the tunnel, folks such as you came along and flipped the switch on for us. Thank you so much.Larry and Rhonda KimballCarbondale

The Glenwood Springs Lions Club would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who purchased Bowl Bonanza tickets this year. Each year, the Lions Club sells $10,000 worth of tickets, with the winner getting $5,000 and the balance used to fund two scholarships to Glenwood Springs area graduating seniors. This year, the community was particularly blessed, as the $5,000 prize was won by Alpine Bank and Trust of Glenwood Springs, and then promptly donated to Northwest Colorado Youth For Christ. Thank you Bruce Robinson and everyone who helped out. Glenwood Springs is a community that truly cares.David MerrittGlenwood Springs Lions Club

Words cannot express the gratitude the residents here at Glen Valley Care & Rehab Center felt during the holiday seasons. First and foremost we have several individuals and groups we would like to thank:Boy Scout Troop 225 of Glenwood Springs for the donation of the two live miniature Christmas trees.Tiger Cub Troop 221 of Silt for the wonderful Christmas cards and Christmas caroling.Girl Scouts of Glenwood Springs for the Christmas caroling, tree ornaments and pictures.Womens Auxiliary for the cash donation for Christmas cheer.Holly Gingles for the huge Christmas wreath.The Garden Club of Glenwood Springs for their wonderful donations of Christmas presents.Mountain Valley Developmental Services for the Christmas carols.Eagle County Charter Academy for all of their volunteer work, including decorating the dining room.Yampah Mountain High School, also for their volunteer work.Colorado Mountain College for the Christmas carols, and Dragons Boot & Shoe for the donation of slippers.Last but not least, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent for sponsoring Santa for Seniors. Words cannot express the heart-felt warmth that each and every resident felt opening one Christmas present after another. One resident in particular was overheard saying I do believe in Santa Claus.Way to go, Glenwood Springs as well as Garfield County. This truly is a wonderful community to work and live in.Thank you all.Sue McKinstryGlen Valley Care and Rehab CenterGlenwood Springs



As so many of you know, on Nov. 5, I had a serious auto accident in which I nearly lost my life. I was in a coma for about seven days at St. Marys Hospital in Grand Junction. My first knowledge of the accident came when I awoke with tubes coming out everywhere from my body. I had seven broken vertebrae, several broken ribs, bruised lungs, and a scalp stapled back together.When I woke, my wife and daughter were by my side. I was told of all the friends and family that had stopped by, called, left messages, offered help and planned benefits. Im not sure the word exists to describe the overwhelming emotions I felt. I will always have trouble talking about it without choking up.Judy and I still are somewhat in a state of shock at all the love and support we have received from all of you. We are at a loss to understand what weve ever done to receive so much caring. We will always be grateful.We would like to pay respect and thanks to the Carbondale Fire and Rescue people, their quick response and hard work surely make it possible for me to be here writing this letter. Also, the friends that worked so hard putting on two benefits, those that helped in other ways, and those that sent cards and prayers our way. We would like to individually name all of you we owe respect and thanks, but the list is several hundred long, and we learn of more each day. We hope to get to all of you personally. It is through you, we will find the strength to deal with the long road to recovery.Sincerely and thank you,Mike and Judy SchillingCarbondale

This fall Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale had its biggest-ever silent auction, netting more than $34,000 for our scholarship fund.The generous support of the CRMS parent community and businesses from the valley and beyond were key to the auctions success. In addition to the many parents and friends of CRMS who donated auction items and volunteered countless hours, wed like to thank the 165 local and statewide businesses for their support.Close to 40 percent of CRMS students receive financial aid each year through the schools scholarship fund. This allows many of our local students to attend CRMS, and keeps our campus diverse by supporting Native American, international and other boarding students, too. The scholarship fund exists through donations and fund-raising events, such as the silent auction, Scholarship Work Day and the gyros booth at the Carbondale Mountain Fair.CRMS is a nonprofit, independent, college-preparatory boarding and day school. This year we are celebrating our 50th year of offering a unique program of challenging academic and outdoor studies in a progressive, experiential environment. Through community support of fund-raising events like our silent auction, we hope to continue providing access to our unique educational program for many more years, to many more students.Sincerely,Jane AleyColorado Rocky Mountain SchoolCarbondale


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