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Vail Daily letter: Successful event

I wanted to extend our deepest gratitude for helping to spread the word about our fundraiser to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Our Healing Nepal event was a sweet, spiritual, powerful, informative and successful evening that was put together in one week and accomplished in a few hours. It could not have happened without all the direct action that people took, mostly without our having to ask. We simply all showed up and made a beautiful thing happen.

The dZi Foundation was the main beneficiary and will give full disclosure on the amount that they raised with us soon. As you all know in the Vail Valley it is hard to guess how many people will attend any given event. We guessed 150 attendees and 300 showed up. It was nice to have a full house. The evening flowed well and we had some varied and heartfelt speakers. The food was all homemade by Nepalese friends and helpers who poured their heart and soul into the dinner. Dumplings (momos), chicken curry, some pita and salad were served. The guests enjoyed a taste of Nepal. Steve Porter, who owns Nicky’s Quickie Greek Restaurant, brought gyros and baklava and was a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. The auction did well with people leaving happily with a memento of a special experience.

Thank you Townsend Bessent for the fabulous cover page of our gathering in the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center atrium. And, a special thanks, to said Center and Deacon Steve Baird, Father Brooks, Deb Travers and Dana Maurer of the Episcopal Church.

All in all, it was a fantastic success because we accomplished both the healing and the help. Stay tuned for a yoga fundraising event at the same venue with Suzanne Oliver and other yoga teachers. Of course, we would love to get the word out on that. Details to follow.

Thanks to all the people who showed up with tents and sleeping and pads for the homeless victims of the Nepal earthquake.

And, to the amazing volunteers including little Italy, and you know who you are, thank you for your kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness and generosity.

Blessings and thank you again for helping make Healing Nepal happen.

Betty Ann Woodland