The Nest Egg: IAN Fund to raise money for avalanche victims’ families

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When Ian Lamphere died in Colorado’s Sheep Creek Avalanche last April along with four others, he left behind a fiancé and eight-month-old daughter. In the months following the tragedy, friends, family and anonymous donors gave more than $40,000 to the family, in part to cover expenses for Ian’s service. Now Ian’s fiancé, Elizabeth, has created the International Avalanche Nest-Egg, or IAN Fund, to do for families and children what others did for her and their daughter, Madelyn.

On Friday, July 19, the IAN Fund will host a party at Nectar's in Burlington, Vt. to launch the organization and begin fundraising. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with music from Jay Burwick of RAQ and continues until 2 a.m. with Seth Yacovone and Blues for Breakfast. A silent auction featuring prizes from Burton and other local companies will raise money for the IAN Fund, and a portion of every cover charge after 9 p.m. will go to the organization.

“The IAN fund is meant for all of the children who find themselves in the situation that Madelyn finds herself in,” Elizabeth Lamphere writes on the non-profit’s website. “The money raised is to alleviate the stress surrounding a loved one’s death, in whatever form is best suited for a particular child and family.”

To find out more about the IAN Fund Launch Party, visit

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