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The Nature Conservancy hits a Rocky Mountain high with cocktails in luxe Aspen home

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Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Laura Huffman
The Nature Conservancy's Texas State director Laura Huffman spreads the news at Aspen friend-raiser.  Photo by Ross Daniels
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Susan Hansen, Jana Arnoldy, Marci Alvis
Susan Hansen, from left, Jana Arnoldy and Marci Alvis at The Nature Conservancy event in Aspen. Photo by Ross Daniels
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Marie Wise and Bill Wise
Marie and Bill Wise at The Nature Conservancy event in Aspen. Photo by Ross Daniels
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Laura Huffman and Denise Monteleone
Laura Huffman, left, and hostess Denise Monteleone at The Nature Conservancy event. Photo by Ross Daniels
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Marci Alvis and Steven Alvis
Marci and Steven Alvis at The Nature Conservancy Event in Aspen. Photo by Ross Daniels
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Nanette Finger and Jerry Finger
Nanette and Jerry Finger at The Nature Conservancy Aspen event. Photo by Ross Daniels
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Mindy Hildebrand and Jeff Hildebrand with Laura Huffman
Jeff Hildebrand, from left, Laura Huffman and Mindy Hildebrand at The Nature Conservancy event in Aspen. Photo by Ross Daniels
Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 tables set outside with mountain view
The Nature Conservancy gathering was held outdoors on an Aspen mountainside. Photo by Ross Daniels
Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 living room
Denise Montelone's Aspen home was setting for The Nature Conservancy gathering. Photo by Ross Daniels
Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 living room
Denise Monteleone's Aspen home was setting for The Nature Conservancy gathering.  Photo by Ross Daniels
Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Laura Huffman
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Susan Hansen, Jana Arnoldy, Marci Alvis
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Marie Wise and Bill Wise
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Laura Huffman and Denise Monteleone
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Marci Alvis and Steven Alvis
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Nanette Finger and Jerry Finger
The Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 Mindy Hildebrand and Jeff Hildebrand with Laura Huffman
Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 tables set outside with mountain view
Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 living room
Nature Conservancy in Aspen July 2013 living room

Houstonians might be escaping the torrid Gulf Coast heat with their lengthy summer sojourns to Aspen, but there is no escaping the needs of the city's non-profits which seem to be taking their dog-and-pony shows to this high-altitude aerie in record numbers. 

The Nature Conservancy, which has beaucoup supporters with summer homes in Aspen, dispatched Texas state director Laura Huffman to the mountains to round up a covey of interested parties. She partnered with Denise Monteleone, who opened her mountainside home for the cocktail gathering that drew a who's who of summer expats no only from Houston but also from Dallas, Austin and other Lone Star cities.

With spectacular mountain views serving as a splendid backdrop for discussions on preservation, Huffman talked about the Conservancy's new urban conservation initiative and historic water legislation to be voted on in November.

Houston supporters in the mix included Clayton and Shel Erikson, Kay and Ned Holmes, Sara and Bill Morgan, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Susan and Dick Hansen, Marie and Bill Wise and Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand.

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