Light It Up Blue

OUR 6TH ANNUAL LIGHT IT UP BLUE ASPEN benefit event will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at theBelly Up Aspen in downtown Aspen. Hosted at the height of Aspen’s winter season over the busy President’s Day Weekend, Light It Up Blue Aspen is Ascendigo’s signature fundraising event.

The mission of Light It Up Blue Aspen is to raise both awareness and much-needed funds to assist families and children on the autism spectrum in the Roaring Fork Valley and western Colorado communities. All proceeds from Light It Up Blue Aspen directly benefit these programs at Ascendigo.

Event Overview

Light It Up Blue AspenSaturday, February 18th

DAY: Vertical Blue, Autism Awareness Day at Aspen Highlands features a full day of festivities including an on- mountain scavenger hunt, après ski party with DJ entertainment, prize drawings for great prizes with Light It Up Blue Aspen pro athletes and celebrities.

NIGHT: New this Year! Light It Up Blue Aspen turns the Belly Up Aspen blue for a lively reception style evening of fundraising, delectable food & beverage stations, all-star entertainment, VIP gift bags and more. Guests will be able to bid on fabulous one-of a kind live auction experiences, a raffle and online silent auction.

The evening will kick off with an intimate VIP reception offering sponsors and VIP guests a chance to mingle with athlete, musicians and celebrity guests including TV Talk Show Host and Autism Rights Advocate Areva Martin, Autism Activist and Filmmaker Bobby Kennedy Jr., Dr. Jennifer Berman of CBS’s “The Doctors”, World Class Ski Mountaineer Chris Davenport and All-Star musicians from your favorite rock bands! Last year’s special guest was Bode Miller who skied with Ascendigo kids on Saturday as well as live auction experience winners on Sunday.

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The Band – Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums. Drawing inspiration from blues, R&B and rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters, BPF’s gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by undeniable musicianship. Dubbed the “next big thing” by Huffington Post after SXSW 2013, BPF has developed a reputation for their untamed live performances. After Lollapalooza 2015, Yahoo Music described Black Pistol Fire as “a power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of the massive rock sounds of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac… in a breakout set.”

Don’t miss this amazing evening and one of the best parties of the winter season in Aspen! 

Our Sponsors

Sponsors

The Olitsky Family Foundation

The Bell Family

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Opportunities

Over 400 influential, cultured and philanthropic guests will attend the 6th Annual Light It Up Blue Aspen benefit at the Belly Up Aspen on Saturday, February 18th over the sold out Presidents Weekend. The event is highly marketed and publicized throughout the 2016/17winter season with local, regional and national reach plus extensive post event coverage. Create awareness and goodwill for your brand or entertain your best clients at Light It Up Blue Aspen.Let us create a custom proposal for you! 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

For more sponsorship information, please contact Debra Doyle debra@aspeneventworks.com or 970-618-5750 -Light It Up Blue Aspen -lighitupblueaspen.org  -Federal Tax-Exempt I.D. Number: 20-0940000 -Address: Light It Up Blue, C/O Ascendigo, 520 S 3rd St. #29, Carbondale, CO 81623

Platinum Blue at $50,000: TITLE

  • 24 VIP Invitations including premier seating for (24) at 4 tables of (6) including the VIP reception
  • Category exclusivity
  • Company logo featured on the front cover of the program
  •  Full page ad in the program
  • Title logo placement on the LIUB Aspen website, save the date, invitation, program, posters, e-blasts and print advertising with media partners (Magazine, TV, Newspaper)
  • Announced the night of the event by Emcee as the LIUB Aspen Title Sponsor
  • Company logo featured on the front cover of the invitation at Title Sponsor
  • Your company name prominently featured as Title Sponsor in press releases and publicity packets distributed to all area media in conjunction with Light It Up Blue Aspen including radio, newspaper and social media
  • Company logo displayed on screen during the event as Title Sponsor
  • Opportunity for banners & custom display at the event
  • Company collateral included in gift bag

Sapphire Blue at $25,000: PRESENTING

  • 12 VIP Invitations including premier seating for (12) at 2 tables of (6) including the VIP reception
  • Category exclusivity
  • Full page ad in the program
  • Logo placement on the LIUB Aspen website, save the date, invitation, program, posters, e-blasts and print advertising with media partners (Magazine, TV, Newspaper)
  • Name recognition at LIUB by event Emcee as Presenting Sponsor
  • Company logo included in the invitation at Presenting Sponsor
  • Your company name featured as Presenting Sponsor in press releases and publicity packets distributed to all area media in conjunction with Light It Up Blue Aspen including radio, newspaper and social media.
  • Company logo displayed on screen during the event as Presenting Sponsor
  • Opportunity for banners at the event
  • Company collateral included in gift bag

Cobalt Blue at $15,000: OFFICIAL

  • 8 VIP Invitations including premier seating at 2 tables of (4) including the VIP reception
  • Category exclusivity
  • Logo placement on the LIUB Aspen website, save the date, invitation, program, posters, eblasts and print advertising with media partners
    (Magazine, TV, Newspaper)
  • Half page ad in the program
  • Name recognition at LIUB by event Emcee
  • Company name featured in press releases distributed to all area media in conjunction with Light It Up Blue Aspen including radio, newspaper and social media
  • Company logo displayed on screen during the event
  • Opportunity for banners at the event
  •  Company collateral included in gift bag

Indigo Blue at $10,000: OFFICIAL

  • Reserved seating for (6) six including VIP Reception
  • Category exclusivity
  • Logo placement on the LIUB Aspen website, save the date, invitation, program, posters, e-blasts and print advertising with media partners (Magazine, TV, Newspaper)
  • Quarter page ad in the program
  • Name recognition at LIUB by event Emcee
  • Company name featured in press releases distributed to all area media in conjunction with Light It Up Blue Aspen including radio, newspaper and social media
  • Company logo displayed on screen during the event
  • Opportunity for banners at the event
  • Company collateral included in gift bag

Navy Blue at $5,000: SUPPORTING

  • Reserved seating for (4) four including VIP Reception
  • Logo in the program
  • Logo placement on the LIUB Aspen website
  • Name recognition at LIUB by event Emcee
  • Your company name featured in press releases and publicity packets distributed to all area media in conjunction with Light It Up Blue Aspen
  • Company logo displayed on screen during the event
  • Company collateral included in gift bag

Bluebird Day at $2,500: SUPPORTING

  • Reserved seating for (2) two including VIP Reception
  • Your company name listed on the sponsor page of the LIUB Aspen website
  • Company logo displayed on screen during the event
  • Company collateral included in gift bag
Special Guests

ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn 300 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Mr. Kennedy serves as Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and is of counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice. He is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City.

He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development.

Among Mr. Kennedy’s published books are the New York Times’ bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997), and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977) and two children’s books St Francis of Assisi (2005), American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War and Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief (2008). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, The Village Voice, and many other publications. His award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America’s Best Crime Writing, Best Political Writing and Best Science Writing.

Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Environmental Law.

He is a licensed master falconer, and as often as possible he pursues a life-long enthusiasm for white-water paddling. He has organized and led several expeditions in Canada and Latin America, including first descents on three little known rivers in Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.


AREVA MARTIN, television Personality, Attorney, Civil/Human Rights Advocate, Author.

Areva Martin, is a new recurring Co-Host for TV’s The Doctors and a CNN legal expert/contributor. She is known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on Dr. Phil, AC360, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Good Morning Britain and various other daytime talk shows and cable news shows including CNN, FOX, MSNBC, HLN, ABC, CBS and others. She is a TV host, author and go-to on-camera expert and commentator. She is consistently sought out to weigh in on breaking news with an emphasis on compelling legal, political, women’s and celebrity issues. Her unique ability to go to the heart of matters in a commanding, yet passionate, manner has gained her great popularity with the media and worldwide audiences.

Areva is also a multi-award winning Harvard-trained attorney and advocate who has been featured on the pages of publications ranging from the Redbook, Parenting to Ebony for her advocacy on behalf of victims and the “underdog.” Throughout her career, Areva has been a strong advocate in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity. She has been recognized for her distinctive work on behalf of women and children with many national and state awards including the Los Angeles County Woman of the Year Award, L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth, KCET Local Hero Award, Ford Foundation Unsung Hero, Farmers Insurance Living Legends Award and the California Legislative Black Caucus Civil Rights Leadership Award to name a few.

She is the founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., a Los Angeles based non-profit organization created specifically to raise awareness of issues that impact individuals with autism and related disabilities living in underserved and marginalized communities. Areva has raised millions of dollars for autism and is leading the organization on a campaign to build the state’s first-ever autism medical health home for kids as a part of the historic Martin Luther King Hospital health campus.

Areva is the author of two books, Journey to the Top, a popular career guide for professional women and The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs (Penguin 2010), a regularly used reference book for parents and professionals.

A graduate with honors from Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago, she is the founding and managing partner at Martin & Martin, LLP, one of LA’s premiere female and African American owned law firms. Areva has been consistently identified as one of LA’s top attorneys including being selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2014, a distinction reserved for the top five percent of the attorneys in the state.

Areva lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. A lover of all things social media, she is a runner with a passion for 10k races.


DR. JENNIFER BERMAN,  is a recurring co-host on the Emmy® Award-winning talk show, The Doctors, and a practicing urologist with specialized training in female urology and female sexual medicine.

Dr. Berman made a unique choice to enter the field of urology, which has been dominated by males for a long time. Her interest in the field, however, has led to her now being considered America’s leading expert on women’s sexual health issues, having pioneered clinical research studies on the physiology of female sexual function and dysfunction, and the medical therapies for female sexual function complaints.

She first became known to TV viewers for her award-winning television series on Discovery Health, Berman & Berman, which she co-hosted with her sister, Dr. Laura Berman. Dr. Berman has gone on to appear as an authority on The Oprah Winfrey ShowGood Morning America, the Today show, CNBC, CNN, America’s Health Network and both local and national affiliates for NBC and ABC News, in addition to radio programs nationwide, and several leading publications.

Dr. Berman is also the co-author of the New York Times best-seller For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life and Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman: Ten Keys to Unlocking Ultimate Pleasure.

For her efforts to increase community awareness, Dr. Berman has received several awards, including the Women of Action Award, the Women Who Make a Difference Award, and the Rising Star of the Year Award. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Urological Association, the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and the Society for the Study of Impotence Research.

Dr. Berman received her Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland Medical Center and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her post-graduate urology residency training at the University of Maryland, and received specialized fellowship training in Female Urology and Female Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. She was an Assistant Professor of Urology at the UCLA Medical Center and co-founded the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA in 2001, serving as its Director.

Born in New York City, Dr. Berman has wanted to be a physician since childhood when her father, a colorectal surgeon, took her on hospital rounds. She is now a mother of two children and in her free time, is a “die-hard” equestrian.

The Doctors, now in its seventh season, won the 2010 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative and has been nominated five times in the category.

Host Committee

Host Committee

We could not do this event without the following people

Julie Manning Co-chair

Stephen Olitsky Co-chair

Sallie & Tom Bernard

Jennifer Berman

Kirsten LaMotte

Kathy Kendrick

Alan Klein

Erin Lentz

Larry Butler

Tory Thomas

Laurel Gilbert

Debra Doyle

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