Mountain Mayhem: Light It Up Blue |

Mountain Mayhem: Light It Up Blue

by May Selby/ photos by Hal Williams
Senator Ken Salazar and family, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines.
Hal Williams Photography Inc |

Presidents Day Weekend in Aspen was cast in blue for autism awareness with the sixth annual Light It Up Blue Aspen autism benefit, the signature fundraiser of Acendigo.

Featuring a star-studded evening of fundraising, curated cocktails and chef dinner stations, speeches, a live auction and a concert with Black Pistol Fire at Belly Up Aspen, this year’s benefit was beautifully orchestrated. Special guests included Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cheryl Hines, Areva Martin, Esq., Dr. Jennifer Berman, Chris Davenport and others.

Based in the Roaring Fork Valley, Ascendigo is a nonprofit whose mission is to serve local, regional and national populations of youth and adults across the autism spectrum through experiential, community-based learning opportunities to enhance their health, abilities, personal growth and social engagement.

Sallie Bernard founded Extreme Sports Camp in 2004, which morphed into Ascendigo in recent years where she serves as board president and believes that learning any skill, whether life skills, social skills, or sport-specific skills, is best accomplished through sustained and repeated immersion, coupled with the expectation that the participant can in fact progress to the next level.

All proceeds from Light It Up Blue Aspen directly benefit the programs offered through Ascendigo. Learn more by visiting

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