What about Bob? | AspenTimes.com

What about Bob?

Penn and Chapin Newhard with the beloved Bob Sloezen.

Of the 800-plus guests at BOB AID ’07, most would agree it was the event of the off-season.

The benefit evening at Bumps last Friday was held in honor of longtime local Bob Sloezen as a means of rallying community support for a friend in need. All proceeds from the event will help cover Sloezen’s medical expenses from recent cancer treatments. Despite the fact that he has health insurance, the deductibles and medical expenses have continued to add up.

“The idea is to help bridge the gap between insurance coverage and the brutal reality of high medical costs,” explained the statement from event organizers. The local ski patroller, mountaineer, Mountain Rescue member, alpine guide and friend to many drew more than double the expected number of guests.

The committee that helped plan, set up and execute a top-notch event such as this one deserves major recognition for their hard work and tireless efforts to ensure all went smoothly. Scores of volunteers secured unique silent auction donations, worked the door, served food and drinks, played music for the crowd, helped clean up and more. The effort that went in to the evening truly serves as a testament to the individual Bob is and the community that we live in.

“Dude, if I got banged up there’d be 10 guys hanging out at Zane’s ” this is incredible,” said a friend of Bob’s and fellow patroller.

“It really was the coolest party ever,” echoed another.

Contributions will continue to be accepted at Timberline Bank in Aspen. Account name: Robert Sloezen, Timberline Banks of Colorado, 311 West Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611.

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