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Readers Say Thanks

As one who appreciates such efforts, I’d like to thank all those who’ve ever taken on what I would call the grassroots fundraiser sprint. These are individuals who take that big leap of faith in a blitz to the finish line, knowing it only takes just a small amount of courage but a whole lot of love for service.On a personal level, I’d like to give thanks to those I’ve worked closely with on such projects in the past few years.Honoring troops with local ties event (under sponsorship of the Hotel Colorado), June 2004, was our community’s perennial magic-maker, Donna Fell.The Holy Smokes! Chili Cook-Off at Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s multi-community, highly successful fundraiser for an ailing pastor and his family, October 2004. Thanks to one dynamic creative genius, Carolyn Cockey.Coming to the aid of ailing Vietnam vet Richard “Jo Jo” Smith with a community fundraiser, July 2005, was Roxanne McFall, who came early, stayed late, and never quit giving to the Smiths.The recent multi-community, mega downtown fundraiser, for local merchant Ginny Barbier, was held so graciously put together by Stacey Linman, who not only worked at making a living during that time, but provided housing and caregiving to Ginny as well. Also, unsung praises to Terry Dowling, never failing to be there for others during the stress-filled time of Ginny’s quick passing.As Vietnam veteran Green Beret Billy Shelton said, he’d rather shoot for the stars than a stump, than shoot for a stump and miss.Betty ScrantonGlenwood Springs

The staff and board of directors of the Earthbeat Summer Music Camps wish to pass on a huge thank-you to all our singing participants, parents, schools and grantors for making our 2007 summer music camp program a huge success. Over 250 local children participated. We could not have done it without you.Thank-yous go out to our supportive school principals, Sonya Hemmen of Glenwood Elementary, Dave Lindenberg of Kathryn Senor Elementary, Mark Grice of Carbondale Montessori School and Christian Kingsbury and Tye Haden of Basalt Elementary. Thank you for your amazing and continued support. And we welcome first timer New Castle to our musical family who knocked our socks off with an amazing turnout of 48 singers for their first-ever Summer Music Camp.Special thanks goes out to our grantors, all unsung heroes (The ladies of the Aspen Thrift Shop, The Aspen Elks Club, the town of Basalt Discretionary Fund, Beth and Rob Mobilian: owners of Pinions Restaurant, and Mr. Anonymous), whose generous financial donations made our scholarship program possible. Special thanks goes out to my Pine Creek Cookhouse team, owners John and Juliette Wilcox, Doug Campbell G.M. and Claire Clarke manager, for covering my shifts so that I could keep the Earthbeat dream and experience alive.Thank you to my amazingly talented staff. You are the living example that music and the arts can change people’s lives. I consider myself blessed to be a part of your lives for the last 14 years. You challenge me to keep growing and you bring the best out in me.You all make the difference. Each of you is irreplaceable.Karen D’Attillo, wherever you are on the planet, thank you for having the vision of creating the Earthbeat dream and bringing me on board.KC Johnson, director of the Roaring Fork Valley Earthbeat Summer Music CampsSnowmass

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Aspen Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure held its fourth annual Ride for the Cure. It was a magnificent day, full of hope and determination, memory and awareness. Each year, we try to improve the experience of our riders – to show them our appreciation for riding and raising funds for breast cancer education and prevention to benefit our valley and beyond. It takes a tremendous number of volunteers and countless hours to implement a century ride, including a fabulous kick-off dinner the evening before, aid stations every 20 miles, and a full-on finish line party. Literally 300 volunteers helped to make this event a success, and we are grateful to each one. Among the most often-heard comment this year was about how great it was to be cheered on by the Aspen High School students. Dressed in lime green, often music playing, 31-strong, loud and encouraging, these students made a huge difference to the fun and appreciation felt by riders. All of these students are a part of the Outreach Service Club, organized by Kathy Klug, who worked tirelessly to support her enthusiastic club members with Sally Meyer. A special thank you to: Lauren Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, James Budwell, Annie Buettow, Shelby Butler, Amanda Cunningham, Elisabeth Eastley, Katy Evans, Robert Franklin, Sam Franklin, Gentry Fyrwald, Kaitlin Gerson, Brooke Gordon, Meagan Jonsson, Devin Kahn, Harrison Kahn, Patrice Kahn, Samantha Kerr, Kelly McLellan, Chelsea Murdock, Max Rispoli, Michael Schwartz, Rachel Sher, Arielle Shipe, Jaeda Sichel, Nicky Ufkes, Elissa Walter, Susan Walter, Kylie Westerlind, John Wilcox, and Jonathan Woodrow. With riders coming from many states and Colorado communities, our AHS students made us all proud. Elaine R. Grossman, presidentKomen Aspen Affiliate

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