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Golf, tennis event set in memory of Victor Coopersmith

Allyn Harvey

For friends and family of Victor Coopersmith, tomorrow is an extremely important day. In fact, they’re hoping for a “Perfect Victor Day” for the Victor A. Coopersmith Memorial Golf and Tennis Tournament.

A part-time resident of Snowmass Village, Coopersmith drowned last September during a trip to Lake Powell in Utah. He was 51.

His body remained submerged for about two weeks until the U.S. Park Service brought in sophisticated equipment that located it 229 feet below the surface.

Now the surviving Coopersmiths – wife, Andrea and three children, Alexander, Lisa and Jordon – are honoring Victor’s memory with the golf and tennis tournament at the Snowmass Lodge and Club.

“It will be held on July 7,” Andrea Jovine Coopersmith wrote in a letter to The Aspen Times, “which would have been my husband Victor’s 52nd birthday. As he was an avid tennis player and golfer, we felt it would be a fitting tribute.”

The tournament promises a full day, beginning in the morning with the tennis matches. After lunch, participants will play nine holes of golf. The day ends with a sit-down dinner at the Snowmass Club.

The costs of participating range from $225 for all four events, to $50 for those who just want to play in the tennis tournament and have lunch. All of the proceeds go to The Atticus Foundation, a fund-raising organization established by Victor Coopersmith in 1992 to help fund groups whose main objective is helping others.

The Atticus Foundation will disperse the proceeds from tomorrow’s event among the National Park Service office in Page, Ariz., The Trident Foundation and the KC Johnson Foundation.

Victor Coopersmith spent his entire working life in the heart of the fashion design industry on New York City’s Seventh Avenue. He also produced off-Broadway shows, supported the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, worked with the Special Olympics and supported educational enterprises like the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Locally, he was involved with Aspen Valley Hospital and the Aspen Theater in the Park. “Victor was actively involved in the community, and although we resided primarily on the East Coast, he felt Aspen was his true home,” Andrea Coopersmith wrote.

Andrea Coopersmith said there is still room for those who want to help commemorate Victor’s life and benefit several organizations. To make reservations call Lanthia Hogg at 923-0621.


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