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Our third annual fundraiser, The Great Match A Meeting of the Senses, was a smashing success. We have many fine people to thank for so generously stepping up to help us support the operations side of our community-based housing services and programs serving Aspen to Parachute. Our diamond patrons were the folks from Catherine Store Wine & Liquor, Rhonda Black owner and wine connoisseur, and Roberta Lewis, the Wine Prospecto, who picked a great selection of wines, champagne and microbrews to taste. These wines were donated by area distributors, producers and importers who offer these products in the Roaring Fork Valley: Baroness Wines, Baum Wine Imports, Classic Wines, National Distributing Co., Pinnacle Distributing, Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, Summit Distributing Co., Synergy Fine Wines, Winebow Inc. and Wine Source of Colorado. Catherine Store Wine & Liquor also picked rare vintages for auction from their extraordinary private collections.The Roaring Fork Club once again hosted our event in their beautiful clubhouse setting overlooking the lower valley. Their staff members were gracious and helpful in making our event run smoothly, and we deeply appreciate this community commitment to nonprofits made by the Roaring Fork Club.Our sponsors: Alice Koelle Photography, Alpine Bank, American Bank & Trust, Bank of Colorado, Colorado Mountain News Media, Creative Celebrations Event Planning, David Myler Law Firm, Dunrene Group & Spruce Realty, Mason and Morse Aspen, Prince Creek Construction, Rainy Day Designs, Rio Vista Services, Stewart Title of Glenwood Springs, Timberline Bank, Vectra Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.Thanks to valley caterers and restaurants for delicious foods, to many valley businesses for their donation of auction items, to Bill Parrish for a sound system and to Marty Martinez and Friends for the fabulous music.Finally, the event volunteers, ticket purchasers and those who purchased auction items combined with the above helped to make A Great Match, which netted more than ever before and which we will give back throughout the year by helping local families with housing.Susan Shirleyexecutive directorMountain Regional Housing

On May 7, the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge held a benefit to help four members of the community who are battling cancer. The event was a huge success thanks to the support of a caring community. While there are hundred of people to thank (and those thanks are forthcoming) I would personally like to thank our neighbors: Roaring Fork Cabins (Terra Vista), The Rodeway Inn (formerly Homestead), Johnson Park Mini Golf, Budget Host Hotel, Oasis Bar, Affordable Inns, Gentle Friends Veterinary and Something Sweet Candy Plus, for allowing us to use their parking lots.A special thanks goes to Colorado Mountain Express for helping us out with a shuttle van (thanks also to Mace, the driver). Another special thanks to APS for supplying us with portable toilets. A huge thank-you to our neighbors on each side, Glenwood Gardens (Molly and Hugh) for parking and sacrificing a days worth of business, and Americas Best Value Inn (Al and Linda) for their parking, rooms and patience with the crowds and noise.Tom Regan, club managerGlenwood Springs Elks Lodge #2286

We wanted to extend our gratitude and heartfelt appreciation for the doctors and staff at All Dogs and Cats Veterinary Hospital. When our family pet, Rollie, became ill, doctors Bob and Lori felt that the best treatment for Rollie was surgery. Even though it was 3 p.m. on a Friday and they still had more patients to see that day, Bob and Lori stayed after hours to perform a difficult surgery. Not only did their staff work late that night, but their children also stayed at the office, and Dr. Bob spent the entire night with our Rollie. Because the cancer had spread and Rollie was very sick, we had to put him to sleep six days later. Dr. Bob came by our home so that Rollie was comfortable and we could be with him during a very difficult time. He was very caring and supportive, and we just wanted to let everyone know how much we appreciate all their effort.Debra and Brandon BullockJames WallaceNew Castle


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