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CKF Honors Key Donors at Founders Circle Dinner

Written by CC Cunningham, blog writer and Program Coordinator for the Chris Klug Foundation.

The evening of August 21st was a special night for the Chris Klug Foundation. The night marked CKF’s Fourth Annual Founders Circle Dinner; an event created to recognize and honor key stakeholders and supporters of the Foundation.

The work of CKF is made possible largely because of the generous contributions of numerous community members. These individuals contribute time, talents, and monetary gifts to support the Foundation’s efforts to advocate for organ donation and inspire individuals to register as donors.

On this night, CKF hosted more than 70 community members at the Klug residence to express gratitude for the continued confidence and generosity shown toward the mission of the organization. CKF staff, board members, financial contributors, and other key stakeholders attended the event. The rain kept us limited to the house and garage, we all had a wonderful time.


During the evening, Founder and CKF Chairman, Chris Klug expressed thanks for the contributions of those present and highlighted key organizational accomplishments, and introduced the Honorary Guest, Aaron Whalen. Executive Director, Lauren Pierce also expressed her gratitude.

Whalen, of Boulder, Colorado was invited to serve as the guest of honor. Aaron donated his liver anonymously to a child in February. Just six months after his liver donation transplant, he raced in the Leadville MTB100 with the 13 members of the CKF team, raising awareness and funds for organ donation!

Aaron inspired event attendees with an emotional recounting of his transplant experience. He also emphasized how easy the process was and how rewarding it was that he was able to save the life of a 7-year old boy in Montrose, whom he has become buddies with.

Live music provided by Mack Bailey and food from Slow Groovin’ BBQ created a pleasant atmosphere for those in attendance. During the evening, attendees engaged in conversation centered on their common passion to promote organ donation. The genuine desire to support the CKF mission was on full display throughout the night.

Additionally, CKF Founders Circle members will receive recognition on a plaque to be displayed at UCHealth in Denver. The plaque will hang alongside the painting donated by Aspen artist, Tammie Lane.

CKF is grateful for the opportunity to highlight key contributors annually at the Founders Circle Dinner, and now at the display at UCHealth. These supporters continue to make the lifesaving work of the Foundation possible.

CKF would also like to express special thanks to Mack Bailey for donating his musical talents during the evening and Aspen Square Hotel and Warren Klug who continue to support the Foundation in numerous ways.  CKF is also grateful to Slow Groovin’ BBQ for helping provide delicious food, to Aspen Sojourner for donating beverages and photos, and Roaring Fork Beer Company for donating beer for the evening.




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