The Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is celebrating its 22nd annual Race for the Cure in Rio Grande Park on Saturday.
This year, the Aspen affiliate is introducing the inaugural 10K run/walk; participants also can run or walk the 5K, the PAWS dog walk or walk Aspen Animal Shelter dogs. Families can walk the 1-mile family fun walk. There also will be a silent auction highlighting over 300 items ranging from $25 to $2,500.
Seventy-five percent of the Aspen affiliate’s net income from fundraisers like the Susan G. Komen Aspen Race for the Cure goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations, providing breast health education and breast cancer screening, and treatment programs for medically under-served women. The remaining 25 percent supports the national Komen Grants Program, funding breast cancer research, meritorious awards, and educational and scientific programs around the world.
“Thanks to the thousands of people who participate in annual Susan G. Komen Aspen affiliate events such as Race for the Cure, Ride for the Cure, Ski for the Cure, to dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen Aspen is the only organization playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer and saving lives in Western Colorado,” said Logan Hood, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Aspen Affiliate in a press release.
Since 1991, Komen Aspen has funded Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties with over $5 million in grants and given $1.25 million towards breast cancer research locally.
For information, call 920-0250 or log on to www.komenaspen.org.
Twenty-five children between the ages of 7 and 12 with cancer will arrive in Aspen on Saturday as part of a weeklong Shining Stars Foundation event.
The Shining Stars Foundation will be hosting the “Aspen Summer Adventure” from July 14-22. Activities for the kids will include rafting, horseback riding, rappelling, fishing, art projects and jewelry making, a ropes course, swimming and environmental studies.
Local businesses and individuals such as the Eagles, the Aspen Elks Club, Blazing Adventures, Subway, Aspen Center, Inn at Aspen, Maroon Bells Stable, Aspen Thrift Store, Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Fire Station will be donating meals, tours and guides for the week. Lodging headquarters will be the Inn at Aspen at the base of Buttermilk Mountain.
The Shining Stars Foundation benefits children with cancer by providing year-round sports, recreation and outreach programs at no cost to the child or their family. For cash and in-kind donations, contact the Shining Stars Foundation office at 925-7827, or visit www.shiningstarsfoundation.org .
Pitkin County is now accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers to be honored for the 2012 Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards.
The awards were established to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement. The overall volunteer category is called the “Greg Mace Award” recognizing an outstanding, lifelong volunteer. The award is named after the late Greg Mace, a well known Aspen native, Ashcroft resident and longtime member of Mountain Rescue Aspen. In addition to the overall volunteer category, winners will be chosen for their service in the following sub-categories: children/youth, seniors, health, community pride, education, good samaritan, environment, rising star (18 years and younger) and exceptional one-time events.
Citizens are invited to submit nominations for people, young and old, who are making a difference in the community. Nomination applications are available online at www.aspenpitkin.com  or by calling Pat Bingham at 920-5204. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 3. Applications also are available at the Pitkin County community relations office, located at 530 East Main St., (third floor of Courthouse Plaza).