The AEF’s fundraising gala in 2017.
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The Aspen Education Foundation hauled in a record $1 million at its annual fundraising gala Saturday at the St. Regis, where the organization also affirmed its commitment to helping fund campus-wide mental health services.

The sold-out event — 470 tickets went at an average price of $225 each, while VIP tables fetched $12,000 — included a live auction as well as a video presentation that highlighted AEF’s new pledge to fund the hiring of a full-time counselor at Aspen Middle School and provide financial support to Aspen Family Connections.

“People were clapping when the video said we were going to add mental health to our priorities,” said Cynthia Chase, executive director of AEF. “And the paddle raises

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