Mountain Mayhem: Denim & Diamonds Gala

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
Challenge Aspen patrons Richard and Kitz Goodman.
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With a Western-chic theme, Challenge Aspen’s summer fundraiser took place on Saturday, July 22, at the recently-renovated Buttermilk Mountain Lodge. The evening opened with an outdoor reception featuring food stations, while dessert, a special performance, a paddle raise, and a live auction followed inside. Patrons, staff, and participants came together to celebrate, connect, and to imagine new possibilities for the non-profit — all in support of its year-round adaptive programs and scholarships.

As its mission, Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. By creating life-changing opportunities and encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life, Challenge Aspen has been a central source of strength for many and continues to flourish with its meaningful work.

Twenty-seven years of donations and support have contributed to more than 16,500 participants served with nearly 52,900 participant days, $3.1 million awarded in scholarships, 75+ active volunteers annually, and 100% of Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) participants attend retreats free of charge.

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Aspen resident Leah Potts is a shining example of the strength and community of Challenge Aspen. She’s a recovering quadriplegic who leads an active life on skis, has been a spin-class instructor, is a talented watercolor artist, and much more.
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Jenni Peterson and Jimmy Yeager.
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A Band Called Alexis putting on a rockin’ show at Buttermilk Mountain Lodge.
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Challenge Aspen participants putting on a fun musical performance at the summer gala.
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Challenge Aspen CEO Linsday Cagley and her husband, Shaun.
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Jonathan and Athena Ballou enjoy dessert at Challenge Aspen’s summer benefit.
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Challenge Aspen supporter Larry Jones and Katie Grange with founder and former CEO Houston Cowan at the fun summer benefit.
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