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On behalf of the Advocate Safehouse Project’s Board of Directors, I want to extend our appreciation to the Kroger Foundation and First Data Western Union Foundation for a grant of $2,000. This is such a wonderful surprise, especially in a time when other funding continues to shrink.This grant was given to the Advocate Safehouse Project because its catchment area is Garfield County, and there are five City Market stores in Garfield County. The grant is for the agency’s help line and Safehouse Program for victims of domestic violence.Thanks again to our City Market stores for helping to make the “difference” for the families we assist.Julie OlsonExecutive DirectorHotel Colorado helped put on benefit danceOn Friday, Feb. 25, Bridges High School held a fund-raiser dance for the Ortiz family at the Hotel Colorado. We would like to give special thanks to Valerie Keith and the general manager, Larry MacDonald, for helping us out so much. Without their cooperation and generosity, we wouldn’t have been able to have this dance. Valerie was very open to talking to us about what we needed and how to do it. Thanks to them, we got the room we needed donated to us so we could give more money to the Ortiz family. As well, when the turnout wasn’t as large as we expected, they worked with us so we could give as much money as possible to the family.We really appreciate everything they did for us. Thanks very much.Bridges High School Safe School AmbassadorsGlenwood SpringsPAWS donation buys Clifford booksThank you to the PAWS to Read Program folks (Sandi Jaffrey, president; Beth Drum, Secretary; Andrea Murr, V.P.; Laura Van Dyne, evaluator) for the generous contribution of $200 to purchase Clifford books for GSES students. The PAWS to Read program is a therapeutic reading program that involves the use of trained canines, much like the Healing Partners at VVH. We look forward to many years with this program. We have seen the benefit in our students.Sonya Hemmen, principalIvy Crymble, reading specialistGlenwood Springs Elementary SchoolMission accomplished!On Jan. 29, 2005 the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association returned to the Hotel Colorado with our annual ball and silent auction. This year’s theme was a take off on James Bond with the Chamber presenting “Shaken, Not Stirred” – our very own Bond rendition, and we had a sellout crowd.Our mission: To present the business community of Glenwood Springs an exciting, fun, networking event and to raise money benefiting the Chamber or … to track down those who seek world domination and the destruction of Western civilization. Nothing stops us in our battle with ultimate evil. Yeah, well, between the silent auction with over 250 items, and the Chocolate Fountain donated by Colorado Candies, Linda Brent, we might have gotten a little sidetracked on that last part!We would like to thank the following sponsors: Ballinger Cleaning Service, Estate Financial Services, Small Business Solutions, Excavation Services, Prosperity Bookkeeping, Mountain Resort Communications, Flatops Electrical, American National Bank, Glenwood Travel King, Walter’s Construction Co., Pyramid Printing, Flex Magic Consulting, Foremost Response, Pinnacol Assurance, H-P Geotech, Open Gate Assisted Living, and Impressions of Aspen for sponsoring gaming tables. Other sponsors include the Climate Control, Toby’s Vacuum Truck Service, Help-U-Sell Town & Country Real Estate, Mountain Pest Control, Land Title Guarantee Co. and Bray & Co. with cash donations. Thanks also to Somethin’ Sweet Candy Plus for your creativeness with the invitations and necklaces, and Garfield Steel and Machine who donated helium. Thanks to Design Audio Video and Paul Vandre for technical support, and Holly and Andy Womack for taking some beautiful pictures.Volunteers are the backbone of any event, and the Chamber is lucky to have some of the best in the Chamber ambassadors. Special thanks go to them for collecting the silent auction items and helping in all phases of the ball. Thank you also to Marianne Ackerman and Barb Jones for helping with the silent auction and to Annig and Howard Raley for the arm and leg raffle. On to the next mission, we are looking at “Rollin’ Out The Red Carpet” for 2006 – based on the Oscars or the Grammys. One glamorous night where we can all be a movie star…Shiela Mugforddirector of special eventsGlenwood Springs ChamberGlenwood Springs Chamber


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