In 1983, at the request of Lita Warner Heller, President of the Board of Ballet/Aspen, board member Christine Aubale Gerschel organized, founded and became President for three years of a group of dynamic and energetic women to be a fund raising auxiliary for Ballet/Aspen called Les Dames de Ballet.

During the fall of 1985, Christine Aubale Gerschel and Joan Bracken Bain were responsible for restructuring the group into an autonomous organization with its own 501(c) (3) renamed Les Dames d'Aspen, Ltd.  In February 2002, Christine Aubale Gerschel once again became President of Les Dames d'Aspen and restructured and revived the group into a new identity.  
 

This year marks Les Dames d'Aspen's 39th Anniversary. Over the years, this prestigious organization has contributed approximately $4.5 million to local arts organizations, scholarships and children's programs.

JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS

ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET

​​ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

ASPEN WORDS 

ASPEN FILM

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL

THEATRE ASPEN

 SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE ARTS FOR STUDENTS FROM THE ASPEN AND BASALT HIGH SCHOOLS

ROBERT J. HARTH CONDUCTOR PRIZE

RED BRICK CENTER FOR THE ARTS

THE ART BASE

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 2012 Summer Dance Season Performances Image 3 - SantaFe.com and Hutton Broadca
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 2012 Summer Dance Season Performances Image 3 - SantaFe.com and Hutton Broadca

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Jazz Aspen Snowmass

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Red Brick Center for the Arts
Red Brick Center for the Arts

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 2012 Summer Dance Season Performances Image 3 - SantaFe.com and Hutton Broadca
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 2012 Summer Dance Season Performances Image 3 - SantaFe.com and Hutton Broadca

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Unfortunately, due to Covid19 we do not have recent pictures.

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Christine Aubale Gerschel
with 2018 Les Dames d'Aspen Beneficiaries in 2019

Christine Aubale Gerschel
with 2016 Les Dames d'Aspen Beneficiaries in 2017

Christine Aubale Gerschel
with 2017 Les Dames d'Aspen Beneficiaries in 2018

Christine Aubale Gerschel

with 2015 Les Dames d'Aspen Beneficiaries in 2016

Les Dames d'Aspen 2022-2023 Beneficiary Allocation

All funds for the 2022-2023 season will be placed in our account at Vectra Bank.  Funds raised through dues, auctions and buyout sales will benefit the following recipients:

  • Jazz Aspen/Snowmass

  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 

  • Aspen Historical Society

  • Aspen Words

 

  • Aspen Film

  • Aspen Music Festival and School

  • Theatre Aspen​​

  • 2 Scholarships: To Art students from the Aspen and Basalt High Schools going to college studying Art

  • The Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize

  • The Red Brick  Center for the Arts

  • The Art Base

Les Dames d'Aspen Executive Boards

2022 EXECUTIVE BOARD

Christine Aubale Gerschel

President/Executive Director​

Billie Pierce Erwin

Karen Hartman
Nancy Mayer

Vice Presidents

Sara B. Woodward

Vice President / Treasurer

 

​Shirley Millard

Vice President Advisor

Allison Ratajczak

Recording Secretary / Social Secretary

Founder
President/Executive Director of Les Dames d'Aspen, Ltd.
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2016 EXECUTIVE BOARD

From Left to Right: Bridget Badon, Martha Meagher, Christine Aubale Gerschel, Shirley Millard, Billie Pierce Erwin, Nancy Mayer

2015 EXECUTIVE BOARD

From Left to Right: Denise Hoogland, Martha Meagher, Billie Pierce Erwin, Christine Aubale Gerschel, Nancy Mayer, Yalonda Long, Shirley Millard

2014 EXECUTIVE BOARD

From Left to Right: Bridget Badon, Elizabeth Janet Bonan,
Christine Aubale Gerschel, Billie Pierce Erwin, Carol Dobson