On behalf of the HCCA board and staff, THANK YOU! Photo: Jeremy Wallace
High Country Conservation Advocates would like to thank everyone who came out to the Double-Header 40th Anniversary Red Lady Salvation Ball last week. This year’s two-night affair was definitely a celebration to remember. Thank you to everyone in the community who helped make this special double-header—double redder!
Our utmost gratitude goes to the Red Lady Ramblers (Tyler Lucas, Lizzy Plotkin, Kevin Donovan, and Ryan Herr) and their special guests, as well as the String Cheese Incident, for putting on two incredible celebrations of HCCA’s 40 years protecting Red Lady. We would also like to give a big thank you to the Eldo’s Lexy and Karl Plambek and their wonderful staff for their unparalleled hospitality and help with both events.
This year’s ball would not have been possible without all of our generous donors and volunteers. Thank you to Chris Garren and the Old Town Inn for hosting the String Cheese Incident’s production crew, and to the Scarp Ridge Lodge for hosting SCI band members. Many thanks to Black Tie Ski Rentals, The Historic Taos Inn, Avalanche Ranch & Hot Springs, the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Teocalli Tamale and The Last Steep Bar & Grill for donating such great raffle prizes. Thank you to Eleven and Madison House for auctioning off a cat-skiing trip to Irwin with the band to support HCCA’s Red Lady Defense Fund. Thanks too to Alissa Johnson of the Crested Butte News for her story on the Red Ladies of the past 39 years.
Many thanks are due to Crystal Kotowski, Laura Yale, Shea Wilson, Nancy Wicks, Margaret Bylsma, Lauren Daniel, Jim and Annie Starr, Grant Huff, Cody Scott, Hank Lochhead, and the HCCA board of directors for volunteering before and during the two-night event. Our sincere thanks to Lydia Stern for volunteering to make our special limited-edition 40th Anniversary Red Lady Ball poster, and for providing the photo booth with Jeremy Wallace on Thursday night.
Speaking of Lydia Stern, many congratulations are in order, as Lydia is officially crowned Red Lady #40. Lydia is not only a talented photographer and graphic designer, but also a passionate, adventure-seeking environmental advocate. We are beyond excited to see her fill the role of Red Lady #40, while also continuing to work on a new and exciting outreach project for HCCA called Backcountry Advocates. We are forever grateful to Suzanne Pierson for being an amazing Red Lady #39—Lydia has some big shoes to fill!
A special thanks to Jennifer Rose, who for forty years has created stunning, original necklaces for each of the Red Ladies. Lydia’s is exceptional. Lastly, we offer sincere thanks to the Crested Butte Marshals and Fire Departments for their assistance in keeping the Red Lady Ball a safe experience for all.
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