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The Scott Alter Memorial Benefit was held on Saturday, May 12th at Smoke Modern BBQ at Willits.  The turnout was amazing and really showed the Alter Family how much Scott was loved and will be sorely missed by so many in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Donations are still being accepted at Vectra Bank Colorado locations thoughout the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen, Snowmass Village, El Jebel and Glenwood Springs).  Donations may be mailed in to:

Vectra Bank Colorado

Scott Alter Memorial

534 E Hyman Ave.

Aspen, CO  81611

Jennifer Alter’s sister Joelle Howe Fotion and her team of friends pulled off a fun day for the kids with Bounce Houses, clowns and Jammin’ Jim the performer.



Buttons and Dizzy the Clowns


Jammin Jim and his ever present throng of kids in tow


Baby Girl Sgroi (parents Jeff and Tracy) on her way to the Bounce House


The volunteer team putting up the silent auction results


Carrie Duryea with her twin boys and Joelle’s son Austin in tow….


Jennifer and Jack Alter


Sammi Alter (middle) and her girlfriends


Dr. Barbro Pilch (on left) is in the process of purchasing Dr. Alter’s dental practice.  Jessica Bramson is Dr. Alter’s hygienist and her husband Bennett is a realtor extraordinaire with the Fleisher Company in Basalt.


Sisterly love with Jennifer and Joelle


The Fotion Family


The whole family (almost) – Jennifer and Joelle’s mom is the third from the right



Emotional support and love from Art Daily



Sheryl Barto of o Communications, Linda & Michael Fiske, and Beth Mobilian turn out to support their good friend Jennifer.


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Larry Turns 60!
Saturday night was the big party to celebrate Larry’s 60th (his real bday is May 29th).  The weather was sketchy but the bday gods were looking out for us as there was about 15 seconds of light rain and nothing else.  Could have been a snow storm for the amount of high gusty winds we had earlier in the day.  A big thanks to our friend Joanna who drove the furthest and helped an incredible amount in the kitchen…We love you Joanna!

Alex and Sarah Arrasmith


Chuck and Patty Simpson


Connie Overton and James Gilliam – A great big thanks to James for being our official grill master chef


Sarah Robertson and Steve Romanello and their new “kids”

Tony Welgos is the manager of Clarks Market in Aspen and Terie Hooper – our friend who finished the Leadville 100 mountain biking race back in the day.  Don’t know why they are making fish faces!???


Gaye and Chris LaCroix with our bday boy Larry


Kisses for the bday boy…


Darcy girl finally finds a place to settle down

Graciela and mom Sarah enjoying the bbq treats


Stephi, Linnea and Lily


Host and Hostess

A birds eye view of the festivities…




Thanks to everyone for sharing in this fun occasion xoxo Larry and Jackie

My friend Gaye LaCroix is the mother of two girls who attend Basalt public schools and she is on the Board of Basalt Kids.  She called to see if I would volunteer my time and my cameras to photograph the annual Taste of Basalt at the Roaring Fork Club on Saturday, November 7th.  I photographed this event about ten years ago and wow has it grown.  All of the proceeds from this well-known local event go directly to the Basalt public schools to purchase whatever is needed by the teachers and the students – from computers to art supplies to band instruments and maybe best of all – a scholarship for a college-bound senior. 

Many if not all of the Basalt and El Jebel restaurants and caterers were there offering tasty samples of their signature meals.  Bistro Basalt offered crabcakes (truly fabulous) and Darwin's of El Jebel fame was plying the guests with their yummy beef stroganoff.  My friend Steve McKenney and his wife Greta own European Catering and their paella was outstanding. 

My friend Chris Goplerud was there playing the drums with Joe Kelly of Smokin' Joe and the Gypsies.  Zoe was playing bass and Chris Bank was playing the sax among other instruments.  They really got the party started with lots dancing and great covers of classic rock favorites. 


I was taking pictures all night so I did not get to sample as many of the food and drinks as I might have otherwise and everything I had was beyond yummy.  We are truly lucky to live in a town with such talented and generous restauranteurs, caterers and liquor distributors.

The Taste of Basalt has evolved into one of the valley's favorite events.  It is affordable enough for "real" locals to attend yet supports a great cause and it is held during off-season so it's more relaxed and fun for everyone.  I even saw a few local teachers who were in attendence.  How great that our local teachers can attend an event that supports Basalt schools in such a real and pragmatic way.

Check out all of the pictures I took on  Here are a few of my favs from that evening with captions below each image.

On the right is Martha O'Keefe who was the Event Chair back in the day when I first photographed the event with longtime local realtor Carla VanAlstyne.


Our fabulous Basalt Town Manager Bill Kane and his lovely wife Carolyn.

Darwin's of El Jebel represented by Hilary Wilcher who works there and her friend Annette.

Zoe Stern dancing the night away with her husband.  Zoe is a Basalt Middle School teacher. 

Butch of Butch's Lobster Bar in Basalt and Snowmass Village with Connie Lynn (left) and Kathie Jaycox who both broker mortgages for Wells Fargo in Carbondale.

Gaye and Chris LaCroix were instrumental in pulling off this year's very successful silent auction.

Judy Simecek and Deedee Hooker are on the Basalt Kids Board and Deedee is the Event Chair.

Steve McKenney (left) Owner of European Caterers serves up his delicious paella.

Please stay in touch with me with any updates or web addresses.  Thanks!

Kathy Welgos’s Big 6-0 Birthday Party in Aspen


Our friend Kathy Welgos turned 60 on March 8th and she hosted a wonderful dinner party at the Cloud Nine restaurant at Aspen Highlands on Saturday, March 6th. 

The guests were ready to board the snowcats at 5:45 pm and warm blankets and wine were provided to keep everyone toasty!!



Tony Welgos pointing out the beautiful sunset to Cindy Maetzold Johnson and Stephanie Kettler on the way up Highlands.


The attentive staff at Cloud Nine served drinks and appetizers first.  As the night warmed up, we had an excellent salad with a scallop on top and then a yummy butternut squash soup.


The main entree was our choice of beef or fish…I had the beef which was served over a polenta cake.  The fish was halibut and it was awesome.

Ricky Gates is on the staff of Cloud Nine and quite a famous runner in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.  His mom Trish is one of Kathy’s oldest friends as is Stephanie Kettler – all three pictured below. 


Here is an assortment of pictures from that fabulous evening on Cloud Nine!!

Ted and Cindi Davis along with Welgos boys Andy and Ryan.

The Welgos Family minus Mark who is a professional skier and had a competition in Kirkwood, California that weekend and was missed by all.

 Yours truly, Jackie Daly and happy husband Larry Swift.  Thanks to Cindy Maetzold Johnson for taking pictures of Larry and I!

Kathy Welgos, second from the left, along with Patty Simpson, Trish Gates, Lisa, Cindi Davis and Teri Hooper Huggard dancing the night away.

Birthday dessert being served…


 One of my favorites – the birthday girl looking adoringly at her loving husband Tony with Cindy Maetzold Johnson looking on…

Father Tony with son Andy and his girlfriend Mandy.

Best mountain biking & skiing buddies Teri Hooper Huggard with the best mountain biker I know of any age!!

Andy, Mandy and Jackie – the youngest of the Welgos family.

Kathy, Mandy and Jackie…

Here is the link to all of the pictures that I took that evening…

Here is my website –

Thanks again to Kathy and Tony for hosting such a warm and relaxed, once in a lifetime event.  Here’s to Kathy and her wonderful family.  Many happy and joyous returns and much love from all of your friends.  Thanks so much for having us.  Jackie and Larry

Taste of Basalt 2010


Another Taste has come and gone and what a great time was had by all.  It is always one of the best locals events of the year and this year’s event raised more money than last years!  Congratulations to everyone who supports the Taste of Basalt year after year. 

There were lots of new faces this year including school teachers from the Basalt school district and many others who value the local flavor of our community and all of the great restaurants, caterers, and vendors that support the Basalt schools consistently  The Roaring Fork Club hosted the event again this year as they have for many years in the past. 

The Bo Hale Band is always a favorite and his entourage including his brother Dave Hale, Rob Dasaro, and Ray Di Bacco got the party started with their great covers and fun dance music.  My husband Larry’s favorite was Bo’s cover of Huey Lewis and the News “Heart & Soul”. Bo can be reached at 970-987-1542.


Smoke restaurant owned by Jamie and Suzie Theriot was a big hit and “sold out” of their bbq sandwiches and deviled eggs pretty early in the evening


One of my personal favs was the tuna/avocado on a crisp appetizer presented by Zheng.  My gosh that was yummy!  I’m not sure if that particular item is on their menu but it definately should be!

Here is a picture of my friend Jae Gregory, owner of Artful Gardens Landscaping and Holiday Magic with her beau Gregg Mackey, owner of Red Eagle Roofing  Gregg’s company is instrumental in the renovation of the old Emma train depot building.  Great work Gregg!



Here is our friend Chris LaCroix, attorney with Garfield and Hecht and husband to Gaye who is on the Basalt Kids Board of Directors and is instrumental in the success of this event year in and year out.  Chris is pictured with Jim Light of Chaffin Light Real Estate.


Another tasty treat was provided by Fine Line Bar & Grill located at the former Atlas Pizza in El Jebel.  Their bacon wrapped scallops are to die for!  These guys are open for dinner only at this point and I hope they open for lunch soon!


Here is Katie Custodio of Katie’s Cakes with her husband Larry’s mom, Carol Height…


Our good friend and Wells Fargo mortgage lender extraordinaire Kathie Jaycox with her friend Sheri.


Our friend Eric Altenbernd of Vigna Dogarina wine pouring a glass of his fine wine to a big fan of Vigna…


Thanks again to everyone for a fabulous event.  Here is the link to all of the Taste 2010 pictures Please call me with any questions or comments at 309-4775.  Take care,  Jackie Daly of Jackie Daly Photography


Little Buddies Learn to Fish!

Lake Christine was the place to be on Saturday as Buddy Program Big Buddies and Little Buddies learned how to flyfish with local flyfishing guides.  About ten pairs showed up on a gorgeous sunny day to enjoy the best of the Frying Pan valley’s outdoor environment.

Sole Lowe and her team of assistants created the perfect day for fun outdoor education and also a bit of environmental clean up too.

Paula Neubecker, a long time local and Roaring Fork Conservancy benefactor, offers up her years of fishing expertise to this young buddy…


Lupita and her guide practice the all-important cast!


Oscar is an old pro at casting!



Erica helps her Little Buddy Elise get her line reeled in and ready for the next cast.




Jake and Bill hike to the other side of Lake Christine in search of the best fishing hole.


Alex and his little sister Lupita get a lesson in tie flying…



Monica gets two thumbs up from her Big Buddy Ashley and their guide Mo…




 Lupita and her Big Buddy Kim picked up trash along the lakeshore.  Way to go Lupita and Kim!


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Check out the Buddy Program’s website at and be sure to be there for Aspen’s best party of the summer.  “Shake it Up” will be held on Friday, July 1st at the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain with dinner catered by the Little Nell hotel  Jackie Daly Photography will be the official event photographer…

Check out last year’s Gala pictures at

Thanks again to Sole and her team for a wonderful day in the great outdoors and also a big thank you to the Buddy Program for everything they do to help our Roaring Fork Valley kids be the best they can be.

“Shake it Up” at the 12th Annual Boogies Bash for the Buddies

held at Aspen Mountain and the Sundeck on Friday, July 1st.  Known as the best party in town, Fendi and the Buddy Program onced again proved why this party is Fendi Fabulous with over 500 guests in attendance…

To start the evening, the dedicated and loyal Buddy Program staff members including Sole Lowe, Karmen Pittenger, Kim Kraunz, Kaitlyn Archambault, Heather Hicks, and Executive Director Extraordinaire Catherine Anne Provine (minus a few staff members Sarah Evans, Rebecca Smalley, Lindsay Lofaro, and Carleen Joseph).


Russ and Melissa Wight – one of this year’s honorees


Along with Ali and Dave Philips – guests of Buddy Program honorees Jessica and Bill Budinger


And Don and Marianne Buchholz – Here is Marianne totally decked out in Fendi…


Catherine Anne and Marianne….


Tony Mazza and his wife Mona Look-Mazza (on left) have been 20 year supporters of the Buddy Program with Tony being a Big Buddy himself and both of them supporting the Program financially all these years.  Stacy Van Praagh on the right is the President of Fendi USA, the Gala sponsor.


Tony was the recipient of some hugs and kisses from two of his favorite ladies…




Nancy and Richard Rogers are very generous, longtime supporters of the Buddy Program


Melissa Wight (left) and Dallas Snadon (right) with their friend await the beautiful gondola ride up Aspen Mountain to the Sundeck where dinner was served…


A big shout out goes to the staff of the Little Nell/Sundeck ( for creating such a beautiful and delicious meal


Boogie Weinglass and Sandy St. John – Boogie’s leadership and guidance has been the force behind the Buddy Program for over 12 years now


Catherine Anne and her loving husband John Provine


Mona Look-Mazza with Allison and Art Daily, one of Aspen’s most beloved attorneys


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May Selby of “Aspen Times” fame with two friends in the Fendi Lounge


Leisa Street and her girlfriends at the Fendi Perfume Bar



To learn more about the Buddy Program’s mission of serving the Valley’s youth from Aspen to Parachute, please visit their website at  

Thanks again to the Buddy Program for having Jackie Daly Photography as their official photographer for 10 years running…!

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JazzAspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival

Myself and two other photographers Hal Williams and MarySue Bonetti were hired by JazzAspen to take pictures of the attendees of all the shows to "Post on the Wall"… The candids were uploaded and then posted on the large screens to the left and right of the stage during intermission…

Here is a fun sampling of friends and patrons who attended the shows.

Dayla Robinson and her best friend Carly Sewell on the right.  Carly's dad Steve was in charge of the Snowmass Ski Patrol back in the 90's and now he is the mountain manager at Aspen Mountain.  Carly is the marketing manager at the Aspen Meadows Resort


Chris and Gaye LaCroix on the right with good friends Kenny and his wife up from Denver.  Chris is a local attorney with Garfield and Hecht.


Pat and Debra Doyle (owner of Aspen Eventworks, Inc.- on the right with Jen in the middle from Outside Magazine – one of the lead sponsors of the event and the main sponsor for the back music tent that hosted live shows during intermissions on the main stage.


Friends of Michael Franti enjoying the show at the front of the house…


One of my all-time favorite wedding clients, Andrea and Travis Beard… Andrea is also the marketing director of JazzAspen and they are the proud parents of Jackson (3 yrs.) and Trey (8 mos)


Left to right – Photographer Extraordinaire Steve Mundinger with his friend Carrie Marsh, Peter Helburn of Just Ask Peter + Company event coordination and Kris Marsh, mother to Carrie and director of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation


Feeling the love at the Franti show…


David Cook (second from left) is a local advertising entrepreneur and serves on the junior board of the Buddy Program along with his happy friends….


John Sarpa, Andrea Wendel and Peter Helburn


Thanks again to Andrea Beard for having us there to take pictures and very much looking forward to next year's shows.

xoxox Jackie

Chuck Simpson’s Big 7-0 Birthday Party

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last night Chuck and Patty Simpson hosted a yard party at Smuggler Park in honor of Chuck’s 70th year…


Chuck with the neighbor kids…


That would be Chuck on the Ruggerfest poster from the 70’s (I think)… his teeth were marked out on purpose 🙂  Quite the smiling face for a big tough rugby dude like Chuck!


Jimmy Block, Bob Mineo and Dave Blair


My husband Larry Swift with one of our favorite mtn biking buddies – Kathy Welgos


Janet Lightfoot with the Rueggeberg Family – Michael, Christine and little Kai…


The Old Boys Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Teammates – circa 1970 something…


Kathy Welgos and hostess with the mostest Patty Simpson


Larry Swift, new arrival and next door neighbor at Smuggler Park Camilla Earl and the bday boy Chuck


Patty and her best friends including Marilyn, Sue, Kathy, and Helen


New neighbors – Lars Earl, Katie Gardner, Timmy Gardner and Camilla Earl


Blowing out the birthday candles


The official cake cutting


Annie Rodgriguez Eckert, Kathy and Tony Welgos and Janet Lightfoot around the fire…


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Happy Birthday Chuck and many happy returns… xoxo Jackie and Larry

Taste of Basalt

Basalt’s Best Party of the Year Once Again

The Basalt Education Foundation (formerly known as Basalt Kids) once again hosted the annual Taste of Basalt at the Roaring Fork Club… and even a cold snowy night could not keep the loyal Basaltines away from their favorite fundraiser for the Basalt school system.  Jackie Daly Photography once again donated her services to this generous and much needed non-profit endeavor.

Architectural photographer David Marlow and architect extraordinaire Larry Yaw enjoying the warm soup from Tempranillo

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Katie and Larry Custodio of Katie’s Cakes return again this year with their tasty dessert treats

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Paige and Hutch Hutchinson with friend (middle).  Paige manages Midland Shoes and Hutch works for Orvis helping all of their franchises with business coaching…

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Happy patrons Becky and Dean Dombrowski enjoying all of the offerings at the Club


Nancy Kelly and Chris Goplerud – Chris is the drummer for the Mile Markers who played at the Taste.  Check them out on Facebook!

Cindy Kenney, owner of the Basalt branch of American Family insurance and title sponsor for the Taste along with her daughter Shelby Amichaux enjoy the yummy pumpkin bisque from Cuvee…


Yuani Ruiz of Alpine Bank Basalt and his fiancee Karen Meyer of event planning attended the event along with many Alpine Bankers.  Congratulations to Yuani and Karen on the upcoming nuptials in May in Carbondale.


Gary and Alex Beach


Kathie Jaycox of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Carbondale and Jeff Novogratz – local builder and carpenter

MaryAnn and  Mark Thompson who is a ski instructor at Snowmass.  MaryAnn is a longtime employee of Val’s Gourmet…


Bill Kane, Town Manager of Basalt with his tall friend Auden Schendler, Director of Environmental Affairs for the Aspen Ski Co.


Henrietta and Carl Oliver – husband and wife team who helped out European Caterers with serving of their yummy apps – lump crab meat tostado and curry chicken.


Doug Olson, owner of Clear Touch Painting Co. and Scott Duryea, part owner and project manager for Rudd Construction.

Chris and Gaye LaCroix – Gaye was in charge of the silent auction and many other aspects of planning this event nine years running

Kimi and Joel Mischke – owners of our favorite Basalt Bike and Ski in downtown Basalt.


Greg Gordon and Jaffe Rissman – Greg is a real estate attorney for Garfield and Hecht and Jaffe is the accountant for the CosBar in Aspen.


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