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PRESS RELEASE – Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Aspen Words hosts Fundraiser at Four Foxes Farm for Stewart Oksenhorn Education Scholarships

Aspen, CO (July 21, 2015) – Aspen Words is melding good food with a good cause at its first ever Farm to Table dinner on August 1. The intimate benefit dinner for AW’s newly formed Stewart Oksenhorn Education Scholarships will be prepared by chef Joe Stempinski and harvested from Four Foxes Farm in Woody Creek.

Candice Oksenhorn and Patty Fox approached Aspen Words with the idea last fall; combining good food with an arts education cause seemed like a perfect fit for a celebration of former Aspen Times Arts editor Stewart Oksenhorn.

“Stewart loved literature, he loved young people, and he loved good food,” said Maurice LaMee, director of Aspen Words (formerly the Aspen Writers’ Foundation).

Patty Fox, the owner of Four Foxes Farm, brings her passion for farming to the project:

“I’m learning to farm while my friends are learning to retire…I like the work, I like the company of animals, and I like sharing my adventure and my produce with neighbors and friends.”

$250 of the $300 cost of a dinner ticket will go towards the Stewart Oksenhorn Education Scholarships, an initiative that began following Stewart’s death in February 2014 as his friends and family from across the country sent commemoratory gifts to AW. Proceeds from the Farm to Table dinner will help supplement these gifts in providing scholarships for local youth to participate in Aspen Words’ growing education programs. One such program is AW’s first Teen Graphic Novel Workshop, which will run the week prior to the Farm to Table dinner. Teacher and graphic artist, Tim Fielder will speak at the dinner, and the young writers from Fielder’s workshop will present their projects.

DETAILS
Saturday, August 1st at 6 o’clock in the evening
Four Foxes Farm in Woody Creek, CO
Dinner is limited to 40 guests
Tickets: $300
More information at aspenwords.org.

Any questions can be directed to: 

Renee Prince
Program Associate of Education
Aspen Words | The Aspen Institute
Renee.Prince@aspeninstitute.org
Phone: 970-925-3122 ext 5#


Aspen Words (formerly the Aspen Writers’ Foundation) was founded in Aspen in 1976 as a cutting edge poetry conference and literary magazine. Today Aspen Words (AW) is one of the nation’s leading literary centers and a stage for the world’s most prominent authors. AW programs employ literature as a tool for provoking thought, broadening perspectives, fostering connections, inspiring creativity, and giving voice. Since 2009, AW has partnered with the Aspen Institute, underscoring the highest humanistic ideals of Aspen founder Walter Paepcke: to better understand human challenges by cultivating one’s inner life through the exchange of words, stories, and ideas. AW’s stated mission is “encouraging writers, inspiring readers, and connecting people through the power of stories.”

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.