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Cocktails for a cause in Vail

Natalia Hanks
High Altitude Society
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Walking Mountains (formerly Gore Range Natural Science School) was the beneficiary of Jon Haerter’s skills behind the bar and of generous colleagues who came to Larkspur Restaurant last week to enjoy Dr. Haerter’s debut as guest bartender.

The guest bartender events at the Larkspur are designed to invite local nonprofits to host a fundraising event at the restaurant. The nonprofits present one of their prominent supporters as the guest bartender, invite guests to purchase drinks at reduced prices and to stay for dinner to enjoy the seasonal specials.

Some 40 guests mingled during the festive cocktail time and kept Dr. Haerter hard at work. With his traditional smile and wit, Dr. Haerter served cocktails with support from Larkspur’s staff, and made sure each guest knew exactly where their generous tips were going.

“As a board member of Walking Mountains I am thrilled that so many of my friends and colleagues came out here to enjoy the evening and learn more about this wonderful school,” Haerter said. “Every penny raised tonight goes right into making educational programs happen for kids throughout the valley.”

In addition to 80 percent of tips going to the school, a small silent auction raised $630. Although we appreciate his talents mixing drinks, we do hope that Dr. Haerter keeps his day job as a premier dentist – a huge benefit to our valley!

To learn more about Walking Mountains, please visit, or call 970-827-9725 ext 30.

Natalia Hanks is the director of development for Walking Mountains, formerly the Gore Range Natural Science School. E-mail comments about this column to

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