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Vail Daily letter: Meaningful evening

The volunteers, board and staff of HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley wish to thank sincerely all the local businesses and individuals who donated funds, facilities, food and drink to our recent "Trees of Hospice" event. Our gathering at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Dec. 3 was a tremendously meaningful evening of remembrance, camaraderie and hope.

We are especially grateful to all of the staff at Colorado Mountain College for providing us with an inviting and intimate space for attendees to share memories of loved ones and of hospice. Further, we wish to thank those who participated in this year's event, including Monica Benderly, Jan Jackson, Sara Fisher, Kaylee Brennand, the Mountain Harmony Singers, Gail Britt, Michael Connelly, Petals and Pours, Pat Hammon, Cherryl Kachenmeister, Deborah Travers, Ali Bloom, Diane Botkin, Kate Blakslee, Kevin and Sally Clair, Mary Ann Johnston, Louisa King, Karla Koch and Linda Taylor as well as our tireless volunteers who organized and staged this wonderful evening. Finally, we wish to thank our event sponsors who underwrote the expenses of the evening: Slifer Smith & Frampton, Webb Family Foundation, Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Axel's Mountaineering and 1st Bank.

Hospice of the Valley is the only provider of end of life care in this region. From Aspen to Vail to Parachute, and all points in between, our nurses, aides, therapists, chaplains, social workers and volunteers care for those who are dying as well as their families. We will never turn away a patient because of inability to pay, and events like "Trees of Hospice" help fund this commitment.

Finally, we want to give special thanks to the volunteers who spent countless hours stitching hundreds and hundreds of beautiful heart ornaments by hand. These hearts are wonderful tokens of the enduring love we have for those who have died, and they are a symbol of hope for their families. Thank you.

Markey Butler

Executive director, HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley

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