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Readers Say Thanks

Earlier this year, 44 individuals, most of them Roaring Fork Valley locals, committed to running for a cause by joining the 2008 Challenge Aspen Marathon Team, dedicating massive amounts of time and energy to fundraise and train across a 22-week period. Team members raised funds for Challenge Aspen programs by pledging to run/walk/wheel either a full marathon or a 5K in Dublin, Ireland. On Oct. 27, the team reached its goal with each member crossing the finish line and a few even qualified for the Boston Marathon in the process.On behalf of Challenge Aspen and the thousands of participants we serve each year, thank you to each of the team members and to the many supporters throughout the valley who contributed to their fundraising efforts. The funds raised will enable Challenge Aspen to serve hundreds more individuals with disabilities in the coming year, exemplifying the power of the motto You CAN make a difference.To our marathon team sponsors: 1st Marathon, The Aspen Times, KSPN, Independence Run & Hike, Denali, Basalt Bike & Ski, and Jimmys, an American Restaurant & Bar, thank you for your ongoing support and tremendous contribution to the success of the teams efforts. We appreciate all that you do in support of Challenge Aspens mission of making possibilities for people with disabilities.We also extend a heartfelt thanks to Coach Austin Weiss, who has coached the team since it was first organized in 2003. His dedication to the success of each team member and passion for supporting the programs of Challenge Aspen means countless hours of coaching and cheerleading over the summer and fall.The location of the 2009 marathon will be announced in the next few weeks, opening recruitment for the 2009 team. Join us!Geneva Templetonmarketing & appeals directorChallenge Aspen

The Crimson Club was a great success.WindWalkers sends a huge thank-you out to everyone who made our fourth annual fundraiser a great event and a wonderful evening. The food was fabulous thanks to Nick Massie, Nelson Perkins and Dean Perkins. The music was wonderful; great jazz from the Jeannie Walla Quartet (Jeannie, Mark, Walt and Chris) and rockin bluegrass by the Frying Pan Bluegrass Band (Melissa and the guys). Catherine Store provided terrific wine and spirits (Rhonda, Cheryl, Roberta, Anne and all the crew). Special thanks to Rainy Day Designs for helping create the theme, posters and invitations (Craig, Erin and Angie). The Carbondale Firehouse transformed beautifully into a classy night club and was a wonderful venue for our event (Jenny). Thanks to Peak Party Rentals, Aspen Brewing Co. and Neil-Garing Insurance for providing services and discounts.The event was supported by generous table sponsorships provided by; Susan and Wilson Lyle, Steve and Lee Rittvo, Margaret and John Bender (twice), Hired Guns Surveying, and Union Specialties. The night was planned, organized and executed by the event committee: Lee Rittvo, Dean Perkins, Brooke Vick and Anne Moll (auction planner extraordinaire). The volunteers at the event outdid themselves making the evening a fun, exciting night out for all; bartenders: Andy, Blake and Katie; servers: Cassidy, Jesse, Tory, Sam, Kristen and Rose; and other support: Mel, Tracey, Jill, Beth, Marie, Jeff, John, Sandi and Julie.A giant thank-you to all of the donors who gave so generously to the auction (way too many to list); we had more than 100 auction items, door prizes, mystery bags and thank-you gifts. And finally, a big thank-you to all our guests and families at the event. Your faith in our program and support (financial and emotional) are the heart of our organization. We are so proud to be a part of the Roaring Fork Valley and included in the lives of our clients and families. Thank you all.Molly Robison, executive directorWindWalkers – Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy Center

The chemistry students of Grand Valley High School would like to thank Solvay Chemicals of Parachute, for providing a tour of its facility. Mrs. Neulieb was very kind in greeting us. Todd Wilson provided snacks and a thorough slide show. Don Morehouse stumped the students with some real-world chemistry and showed us some cool tools. Jim White provided a walk-through, complete with helmets, goggles and ear plugs. We appreciate your time and attention in supporting the curriculum of local schools. Good luck in circumnavigating the globe without using any fuel. chemistry students and teacherGrand Valley High School

The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation would like to thank all our friends and donors who contributed in 2008.In 2009 , we are partnering with the school district of the Roaring Fork Valley, identifying a project encompassing the students, teachers and parents of the cities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.We will announce our project in the near future.We are fortunate to have support from our businesses and friends in our school district.Carol Carnish, president, and members of The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation

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