Friends host benefit for ski patroller |

Friends host benefit for ski patroller

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The friends and fellow climbing enthusiasts of longtime local Bob “Sloman” Sloezen will host a fundraising party on Oct. 5 to help Slozen defray costs of his ongoing treatment for cancer.

Organizers are billing BOB AID ’07 as “a night of good food, libations, and great music and dancing” at Bumps at Buttermilk.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. “and go until, well, everyone leaves,” according to a statement announcing the party, and will feature a multicourse dinner, wine and beer, silent and live auctions, and a musical lineup that should keep the crowd on its feet all night long.

Admission is a $35 donation for adults (two drinks free, then cash bar), with children 12 and younger admitted free; all proceeds go to help pay Sloezen’s medical bills, which have arisen from recent cancer treatments.

According to friends, Sloezen’s prognosis is good, and he does have medical insurance.

“Nonetheless, deductibles and medical expenses continue to add up,” the organizers’ statement continues. “The idea is to help bridge the gap between insurance coverage and the brutal reality of high medical costs.”

Sloezen is expected to attend the function.

Sloezen is on Aspen Highlands ski patrol in the winter, works construction and is a mountaineering guide in the summer, and volunteers all year with Mountain Rescue Aspen.

He also is known as one of country’s pre-eminent high-altitude climbers and has been a mountain guide for more than 30 years, guiding and summiting Mount Everest three times, Denali in Alaska too many times to count, and many other peaks.

Snowmass Extreme champion Vince Lahey will call the auction, and the musical lineup will include the Bo Hale Band, Rick Rock and the Roosters, Phunkey Munkey and the Thunda Luv, and a “big jam” closer.

For more information about BOB AID ’07, contact Bob Perlmutter at