Marla’s benefit dinner was an un-paralleled success, due to the tireless efforts
of her friends from high school and supporters from the community, both in the
Roaring Fork Valley and beyond, who put in countless hours organizing and
coordinating the details. Also due to the numerous artists, professionals, and
businesses that donated the fruits of their efforts to the silent auction for
the cause of helping her journey of recovery. We are touched by the
generous contributions of so many, even in a difficult economic environment.
Feel free to browse through some photographs of this amazing evening!
Please keep checking in on the website, as this will be the initial forum in which
we provide recognition and offer our heartfelt gratitude for the groundswell of support
from the community. We plan to create a website section in which we can publicly
acknowledge and recognize all those who have contributed in a myriad ways to
help pave Marla’s pathway of recovery.
Marla’s entire family was stunned by the outpouring of caring from the community
throughout the evening. The event started at 5:30 PM at the beautiful Glenwood
Springs Community Center. By 6:00 PM, there was a line extending and wrapping
around the outside of the the building, and the line simply never seemed to get
any shorter! The parking lot was filled beyond capacity, and we saw plenty of cars
parked out along Wulfsohn road. We do not as of yet have an initial count of
attendees, but it was at least 700-800, and probably more.
The silent auction was a categorical success, as the bidding became
quite competitive on many of the superb artwork pieces, services,
quilts, apparel, and other items that were up for bid.
The entire evening was a whirlwind for Mary, Leo, and Mark. It seemed as if
every time we turned around, there was another individual or family that we have known
throughout our years in Glenwood Springs, with plenty of conversation, catching
up, and of course, discussion about Marla’s progress. And for every one of you that
we had the pleasure of talking to, there were probably two that we saw in passing,
but didn’t get to talk to for very long as we were swept up in the whirlwind again!
Each member of the family was hoarse by the end of the night from so many
wonderful conversations and interactions.
The event made two points abundantly clear to us:
Marla is a beacon of light in the lives of those who know her,
even those who have only met her once or twice. Her infectious smile,
positive outlook, and warm supportiveness have touched the hearts
of countless individuals.
Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley (and beyond) is
a truly incredible community. We realize that the event was as much
a tribute to the indomitable spirit of family within our community as it
was a benefit gathering.
The depth of our gratitude for this supportive family cannot be expressed by
words. We can only hope to express our thanks through an enduring commitment
to contribute as active members within this loving community family to its
continued success. We realize that it is not common for a community to come together
in this way to support one of its own. What is truly special about our community
here in the Roaring Fork Valley is that it is far from a rarity here. Trust that we
realize the preciousness, value, and power of this awe-inspiring extended family.