How Aspen and Snowmass are helping Haiti

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 20, 2010 4:54 pm

Ski resorts all over the country are coming together to provide relief for earthquake-stricken Haiti. See how Aspen and Snowmass are helping. From the Snowmass Sun:

“For the past week, the eyes of the world have been on luckless Haiti, its devastated survivors and those who were felled by the monster earthquake of Jan. 12. While relief efforts have been tremendous, they continue to fall short as the need is greater than anyone ever anticipated.

Two Snowmass Village businesses will play host to Haiti relief efforts this week.

Local comics will come together Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Viceroy Hotel in a benefit for Susie and Joe Krabacher’s Mercy & Sharing Foundation orphanage. (On Jan. 18, Joe Krabacher reported by e-mail that while relief supplies are arriving at Williamson project and all children and staff from the Cazeau orphanage have been evacuated to Williamson and another, undisclosed location, cash donations are still urgently needed.)

The benefit performance, “Stand-Up for Haiti” begins at 6 p.m. in the Viceroy’s Ballroom and features eight local comics, including Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland plus more seasoned stand-ups Todd Hartley, Bob Richmond, April Clark, Don Chaney, Brooks Werner, Gail Mason, Mark Thomas and newcomer to the troupe that performs semi-weekly in the Silvertree Hotel’s Cabaret Room, Glenn Smith.

Before and after the stand-up show, live music will be provided courtesy of local favorites Harding, Hills & Hawes (H3) with Bobby Mason. The event is slated to last until 9 p.m. While the laugh fest is free, donations to the Haiti orphans will be encouraged and accepted; in addition, there will be strategically placed “Karma Jars” spread throughout the ballroom to make giving even easier.

Pick-up some great deals through the silent auction – donations have been pouring in all week. Or, show that you really are a VIP by reserving a special table for $500. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. Call 618-6897 for more information

“Stand-Up For Haiti” is sponsored by The Viceroy Hotel, the Aspen Daily News, KSNO Radio, Aspen Skiing Co. and Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs, and is produced by Comedy Mercenary Productions.

Can’t make the benefit? Then donate directly to Mercy and Sharing, a 501c3 charity, at 201 N. Mill St., Suite 201, Aspen, 81611 or through the Web site,

On Sunday, Jan. 24, Krabloonik Kennels and Restaurant will host a Sunday Brunch/dog sled fund-raiser from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $50 for brunch and $100 for brunch and a dog sled ride. No reservations will be taken as the seatings will be first come, first served, according to Kristin Everhart, spokesperson for Krabloonik. This too will benefit Mercy and Sharing Foundation.

She said this locally based organization was selected because, “It is putting money in the hands of people that have the knowledge and resources to make immediate impact. They can get water and milk into a child’s mouth immediately.”

Everhart went on to note that Sunday’s activities are the “first in a commitment that (Krabloonik general manager) Guy Courtney has made” to Haiti. Later this winter there will be an Iditarod-related benefit as well through Krabloonik.

Aspen activity

Finally, the Western Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a special event, “Tea For Haiti,” at the St. Regis-Aspen on Jan. 21 from 3-6 p.m. The tea will be held in the Aspen Room. Call (970) 920-7356 to reserve a table. A member of the American Red Cross will also be available during this time frame to accept donations. All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross Haiti Relief Operations”.