Mountain Mayhem: Denim & Diamonds Gala
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.
Learn more at challengeaspen.org.
On a recent September Saturday morning, I awoke with an intense yearning to lose myself in the mountains, disconnect from cell service, and rediscover why I decided to call Aspen home in the first place. Standing there, at the Cathedral Lake trailhead, I knew I was right where I needed to be.