Mountain Rescue Aspen wishes to thank all who have supported our team, and our efforts to develop a new headquarters facility. From the county staff to the Board of County Commissioners, we are grateful for everyone’s help in reaching approval for our proposed zoning change and the master plan.
We also want to thank Sheriff Joe DiSalvo for his enthusiastic and stalwart support through this process. We are excited to be working with the sheriff’s office to maximize the public safety contribution our new headquarters will make.
Mountain Rescue Aspen is a private, nonprofit organization. As a board we believe we do not have the right to publicize the individual donations unless we are directed and permitted by the donor to do so. We have long relied on donations and grants — not a tax base or mil levy — to fund our operations. We are grateful for support in any amount.
As unpaid, volunteer rescue professionals, (not professional fundraisers) our goal is to serve the community by providing the best possible rescue services and mountain safety education we can. The public donation by the Cameron family has been a huge game changer for us. It made real the chance to create this facility. This is both a tremendous challenge and opportunity for us to increase our level of service to the community.
Unfortunately, in last week’s Aspen Daily News, the impression was given that the generous donation given by the Duff family in connection to the search for Jeff Walker was the only large gift since the Cameron gift that has made the development of our new facility even possible.
To be sure, we have received over a dozen gifts between $10,000 and $50,000 in the last couple of years, especially since the new facility became feasible. We don’t want those generous souls to feel slighted by an erroneous report. Neither do we want the hundreds of other donors who have supported us through the years in smaller monetary amounts to feel that we value them any less. You are our sustenance and we are appreciative!
Going forward we estimate that we now have a bit more than 80 percent of the $5 million necessary to complete and properly outfit the new facility. The construction budget is nearly done, but had to wait for last week’s approval. We have now set a capital target of raising another $1 million in order to fully fund the new building.
We will be launching this new campaign through our website — www.MountainRescueAspen.org  — in the coming weeks, and are eager to meet with any interested individuals or groups.
Thank you all again for all of your generosity and support.