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Summer/Fall Charity Register

Five charitable causes for celebration.

May 24, 2013

Wince Gill and Amy Grant Golf Classic
What: Challenge Aspen is a nonprofit that has been providing adaptive recreational and cultural opportunities to individuals with disabilities since 1995. The 10th annual golf classic will include an intimate dinner, a concert, and a gala at the St. Regis, followed by a day of golfing with PGA and celebrity players.
When: Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30
Where: Aspen Golf Club & Tennis Club, 1000 Truscott Pl., 970-923-0578

The Aspen Art Museum’s annual ArtCrush summer benefit features three days of art-related events: WineCrush, hosted by John and Amy Phelan; PreviewCrush, a cocktail reception and sneak peek at the live-auction lots, held at the Baldwin Gallery; and finally, the main event, ArtCrush, which attracts 350 attendees to the Aspen Art Museum grounds. This festive gathering brings together a who’s who of the contemporary international art scene. In addition, Teresita Fernández will be honored with the Aspen Art Museum’s 2013 Aspen Award for Art.
When: Wednesday, July 31–Friday, August 2
Where: Aspen Art Museum, 590 N. Mill St., 970-925-8050

ArtAspen will feature 30 international galleries showing more than 1,000 pieces of contemporary art. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the “I Believe in Art” campaign to raise funds to build a new campus for the Aspen Community School, a public charter school known for its outstanding visual and performing arts programs that is housed in one of the state’s lowest-rated facilities.
When: Thursday, August 1–Sunday, August 4
Where: Aspen Ice Garden, 233 W. Hyman Ave., 970-920-5141

Who: American Renewable Energy Day presents its 10th anniversary gala, featuring speaker Ted Turner. The annual summit on renewable energy technology and policy focuses on America’s new clean-energy economy and solutions to the climate crisis.
When: Thursday, August 15–Sunday, August 18
Where: Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Road, 970-948-9929

Komen Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure
What: The Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure serves Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield Counties and plays a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community. This bike race will raise awareness and funds to fight the disease. Participants can choose a century ride (100 miles), a metric century (62.5 miles), or a 30-mile course.
When: Saturday, August 17
Where: Wagner Park, S. Mill St., 970-920-0250


Winter/Spring Charity Register

Four charitable causes for celebration.

November 16, 2012

Ajax Cup
Who: The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club provides Roaring Fork Valley youth the opportunity to develop and flourish through winter sports. Founded in 1937, it’s the Valley’s oldest and largest youth nonprofit.
What: Held December 29 and 30, the third annual Ajax Cup features celebrities, professional athletes, and AVSC members, and is chaired by Katy Frisch, Marc Ganzi, and Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum. Fourteen teams compete head to head on a dual slalom course on Aspen Mountain (December 30), followed by an après-ski bash hosted by Antonio Banderas.
Where: Aspen Mountain and St. Regis Resort, 315 E. Dean St.; 970-205-5100

Aspen Art Museum Freestyle Winter Benefit
Who: The Aspen Art Museum showcases the latest in international contemporary art.
What: The annual Aspen Art Museum Freestyle Winter Benefit is one of the hottest tickets of the season. Held December 28 (4:30–7:30 p.m.), this après-ski soirée features one-of-a-kind auction items, a fashion show, Champagne, and caviar.
Where: St. Regis Resort, 315 E. Dean St., 970-925-8050

Autism Awareness
Who: Autism Speaks is a leading nonprofit dedicated to funding research for causes, prevention, treatments, and ultimately, a cure, for autism. Additionally, it advocates on behalf of families and individuals with autism.
What: The second annual Light It Up Blue Gala, held April 2, features drinks and dinner paired with Ultimat vodka cocktails, followed by the lighting up of Aspen Mountain, as several other global landmarks are lit, too, for autism awareness. The event also benefits the local Extreme Sports Camp.
Where: Element 47 restaurant at The Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Ave.

Winter Words
Who: Founded in 1976, The Aspen Writers Foundation started as a poetry conference and literary magazine; today, it has become a leading literary center, as part of the Aspen Institute. It stages some of the world’s most celebrated authors, in addition to hosting an annual literary retreat and festival.
What: Aspen Winter Words is a season-long series that helps promote AWF’s membership program. A series of events staged throughout the season, featured authors include Gretel Ehrlich (February 20), Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell (March 4), and Cheryl Strayed (April 12), among others.
Where: Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., 970-920-5770


Red Bull's World Cup Bash

Celebrating the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup with Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

June 06, 2012

Lindsey Vonn attends The Red Bulletin party at the Sky Hotel

Aspen’s ski season gets a kick-start from the fastest female racers in the world during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit, and this year’s event drew record crowds and nail-biting finishes by skiing sensations Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, and Viktoria Rebensburg. Red Bull hosted a World Cup bash with skiing superstar and Olympic gold medalist Vonn. Athletes, locals, and World Cup organizers mingled in the VIP room at the Sky Hotel, where Vonn signed autographs and promoted her cover of The Red Bulletin magazine. After her Aspen visit and race, she went on to clinch her fourth overall World Cup title and set a new, all-time points record for women’s ski racing.



All About Anton

Like Crazy costars Anton Yelchin and Felicty Jones attend the 2011 Aspen Filmfest.

November 21, 2011

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin during the 2011 Aspen Filmfest

Young Russian-born actor Anton Yelchin received the Artist to Watch Award at the 2011 Aspen Filmfest, attending the event with Like Crazy costar Felicity Jones. Directed by Drake Doremus and the winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Like Crazy was screened at the Wheeler Opera House as the opening night to the festival. A post-screening conversation by the two stars was followed with a private VIP party at the SKY Hotel, attended by Aspen Film’s Robyn Myler and Laura Thielen, among others. Guests dined on cuisine by 39 Degrees’s chef Shawn Lawrence. Next up for Yelchin is the hyped film Odd Thomas, slated for a 2012 release and starring Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin.


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