Fundraiser for Clapper on Saturday |

Fundraiser for Clapper on Saturday

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Tom Clapper

ASPEN – Tom Clapper is definitely getting stronger, but the challenges facing the Aspen native and his family are far from over. A benefit planned for this weekend should help with the latter.

The event – which will include music by Michel Jude and guests, live and silent auctions, and food and drink – comes five months after Clapper’s near-death collapse at a local restaurant; doctors have since ruled the incident was caused by a heart arrhythmia.

And while Clapper’s rapid and nearly complete recovery is nothing short of a miracle in the eyes of Tom, his family, friends and caregivers, there remain medical bills from his time in a Denver hospital and rehabilitation center, as well as ongoing physical therapy and related expenses.

The location for this weekend’s benefit – at the North 40 Fire Station – is fitting for Clapper. A former firefighter, Clapper is a member of the Aspen Fire District’s board of directors.

But, more important to those organizing Saturday’s event, “Tommy Clapper is an Aspenite and beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, best friend, mentor, firefighter, ski instructor, referee/umpire, outdoor enthusiast and lifelong force to be reckoned with in the valley,” a poster for the benefit states. “He’s touched many of our lives, and we are happy to have this opportunity to show him how much he means to us all.”

Saturday’s benefit is from 4-8 p.m. at the North 40 Fire Station at the Aspen Business Center. The suggested donation is $30 per person; $50 per couple; and $10 for kids. For more information, call 925-5532.

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