If you find yourself searching for a socially conscionable reason to imbibe, the Marble Distilling Company has got you covered. The Carbondale-based distillery — considered one of the most-environmentally friendly alcohol-based enterprises in the state, if not the nation — is partnering with the Zach Burn Foundation to raise money for a plethora of local firefighting-related initiatives.
The Zach Burn Foundation was founded in 1994 by Cinthia Andrews after she and her then-3-year-old son suffered serious injuries in a domestic conflagration.
According to Andrews, who has lived in Basalt since 2003, the Zach Burn Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of burned children and their families. The Foundation works with local fire departments to build coalitions for public policy in the realms of wildland/urban interface codes and mitigation, juvenile firesetter prevention and youth scholarship and education programs.
“Our mission is to help prevent families from being burned and to enhance the lives of those who have been burned,” Andrews says.
The money from the Marble Distilling Company fundraising event will be used to work with the Basalt Fire Department and other related agencies to help establish additional wildland/urban interface projects.
“In light of last summer’s fires, we realized we don’t have enough codes in place,” Andrews says. “We need to establish regulations requiring setbacks and that roads be at least 24 feet wide to accommodate firefighting vehicles.”
According to Connie Baker, head distiller and queen bee of the Marble Distilling Company, the idea to help raise money for the Zach Burn Foundation came about when she met Andrews last summer.
“We have a booth at the Aspen Farmers Market in the summer and Cinthia came by,” Baker says. “She is a whirlwind of energy. She asked about the possibility of us producing a one-off label to help support local firefighters. I said, ‘Why don’t we do two?’”
Thus came about the idea of bottling two new types of vodka, “Fire,” which will be spicy, and “Ice,” which will be cool and soothing.
The labels are already being attached to the distinctive bottles.
There will actually be two events.
The first will take place at the Marble Distilling Company at 150 Main St., in Carbondale on Friday, Dec. 14, from 5-8 p.m.
The second will take place at the Marble Bar Aspen, in the lobby of the Hyatt Grand, 415 East Dean St., Saturday, Dec. 22, 5-8 p.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to buy local firefighters drinks to thank them for their Herculean efforts fighting the Lake Christine Fire.
There will be an opportunity to win a ladies diamond necklace in Carbondale and a ladies necklace made with gold and fire opal in Aspen.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the bottles of “Fire” and “Ice” will also go to the Zach Burn foundation.
Marble Distilling Company products are available in many Mid-Valley locations.
For more information on the Fire and Ice fundraiser, go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denver-based Westword did a story about the fire that birthed the Zach Burn Foundation, which can be accessed at https://www.westword.com/news/resurrection-5059382