The Aspen Times: Aspen Board of Realtors help stock Lift-Up pantry

A food drive by the Aspen Board of Realtors for LIFT-Up got a super-sized boost Monday.

Bren Simon of Carbondale isn’t a real estate agent but she heard about the foodraising effort and decided to help — in a big way. She purchased what turned out to be five pallets of food from Costco and had them delivered to the warehouse for Carbondale’s branch of LIFT-UP, the nonprofit that operates food pantries in the towns of the Roaring Fork and Lower Colorado River valleys.
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Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Raises Critical Funds for More Scholarships

Event at Bren Simon’s Home Helps Build Strength, Balance, and Self-Esteem of People with Physical and Mental Disabilities

[Hidden Valley, CA] [October 22, 2013] – The Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship annual fall fundraiser, hosted by Bren Simon at her home in Rancho de Caballos in Hidden Valley, raised significant funds to support the organization and its scholarship program. Actress Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were the honorary event chairs.

Ride On teaches horseback riding to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and provides therapies to individuals using the movement of the horse to improve specific medical conditions.

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Generous Gift Establishes the Melvin and Bren Simon Digestive Diseases Center at UCLA

A multimillion-dollar gift has allowed the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases to provide patients with an innovative home health program; supported new, minimally invasive treatment procedures; and funded state-of-the-art gastroenterology research. The funding has helped the division deliver the highest level of care to patients and offer novel approaches to medical therapies.

The generous gift, from the Melvin and Bren Simon Charitable Foundation, was made in memory of Melvin Simon, whose dynamic spirit was a driving force behind his many accomplishments—from co-founding the Simon Property Group, [Read more…]