Every year, Aspen Education Foundation brings the community together at Flamingo, their annual benefit that is happening tomorrow, and you can cast your bid now for the Flamingo live auction. Flamingo funds extraordinary educational opportunities to benefit every student in the Aspen School District. And believe you me, this is one of THE fundraisers of the year where all the Aspen locals you’d ever want to know show up to support education and Aspen School District schools. The event sells out every year, but even if you were unable to purchase a ticket, you may still place bids on both the live and silent auction items creatively put together and procured by a special team of go-getter AEF volunteers, boasting trips and luxury packages that will leave one starry-eyed at just the thought of winning. Packages like; the opportunity to join golf pro Justin Leonard on the green, or play hockey in Las Vegas with Dave Clarkson; ride bikes and play singles tennis, and ski with sports icons, or attend a rehearsal of SNL in NYC. Below you can view the live auction, or click here. If you can’t make it to the event but would like to place a bid, email [email protected]. The money raised at Flamingo directly supports teacher and staff salaries and a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs.
**Please note that the Flamingo silent auction will be posted here on December 1st.
[su_box title=”AEF”]Aspen Education Foundation champions public education, raising money to fund programs and positions that raise our schools above the bar. In partnership with school administrators and the community, we identify programs that we believe are vital for our students, but are not funded by the State of Colorado. We support academics, educators, students and Aspen Public Schools (PK-12). We believe that every child in our community should have access to an extraordinary public education that inspires curiosity and a love of learning. Over the years, AEF has played a critical role in investing in the educational experiences at our schools that our community has come to appreciate and expect. These include: Every resident of the Aspen community benefits from a strong public school system. For 25 years, Aspen Education Foundation has raised money to make sure that funding gaps from the state are no longer a barrier to providing our children with the education and opportunities they deserve. Please help us continue to make lifechanging educational experiences possible. [/su_box]
Cast Your Bid on Flamingo Live Auction Items Benefitting Education
Fly on a Private Jet to Las Vegas to join Dave Clarkson for the Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators Game
Experience LIVE hockey at its best! Your group of 6 will be flown on a private jet to Las Vegas on Jan 23, 2019 for the Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators game. You will be accompanied by Dave Clarkson, 15 year NHL veteran, Las Vegas Knights forward, and private commentator for your group. Your group will be sitting with Dave Clarkson in VIP seats, where you won’t miss a single play. Dave will offer special insights, added fun and surprises to keep you entertained throughout the night. Your party of 6 will stay at the Bellagio, the ultimate in luxury hotels on the strip, with casinos, swimming pools, world-class restaurants and multiple entertainment and nightlife options. This package includes dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s revolutionary Spago restaurant. The following day, you will fly back to Aspen with the memories of a lifetime on the same private plane. DONATED BY: Dave Clarkson, Bob Bowden, Bubba Collins, Heather & Todd duBoef, Anita & Jim Bineau
Experience the Aspen Summer of a Lifetime with Food & Wine, Aspen Ideas Festival and JAS Labor Day Experience
Two Food and Wine Classic Passes Start your summer off with the fabulously fun Aspen Food and Wine Classic, June 14- 16, 2019. Your passes give you three incredible days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel discussions by world famous culinary and wine experts. This is a highlight of the summer year after year.
Two 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Passes Imagine some of the most inspired and innovative writers, artists, scientists, business leaders, and politicians from around the globe, gathered in one place to engage audiences with the ideas and issues shaping our lives and times. Your two passes to the highly coveted Ideas Festival include access to seminars, tutorials and panel discussions. Choose from Festival 1 (June 23-26) or Festival 2 (June 26-29).
Two 3-Day Silver VIP Passes for the JAS Labor Day Experience Cap off your summer with two VIP passes to this 3-day outdoor music festival featuring world-class bands on August 30 – September 1, 2019 in Snowmass. Past performers have included Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Tom Petty, Keith Urban, the Zac Brown band, Stevie Wonder, and more. These passes give you Donor area seating with premium open bars and gourmet meals, VIP side stage standing room access, and a Two Creeks parking pass. CACHE CACHE-Catered Dinner for 10 in Your Home Bring Aspen’s hottest restaurant to your home. Need we say more?
DONATED BY: Aspen Institute, Food and Wine, Jazz Aspen Snowmass for the JAS Labor Day Experience, and Cache Cache
Ride with Lance Armstrong, Play Tennis with Chris Evert and Ski with Alex Ferreira
TRI-FECTA Lance Armstrong, Chris Evert and Alex Ferreira Cycling, skiing and tennis. Aspen has it all, and your group of 3 can experience it with 3 amazing sports legends. This is your chance to road ride or mountain bike with one of the greatest and most recognized cyclists of all time – Lance Armstrong. He’ll be sure to give you and your cycling companions helpful tips on and off the bike. You can try your hand at singles, or bring two friends along for a doubles match with Chris Evert. She has 18 Grand Slam singles championships, a record 7 championships at the French Open, and a record 6 championships at the US Open. Who will have the advantage? This winter, your party will spend a half day skiing with Aspen native and Olympian Alex Ferreira. With a silver medal in the 2018 Olympic games, and 4 X-Games and 6 World Cup podium finishes, Alex will make sure your group has an incredible day on skis–whether it’s in or out of the half-pipe.
DONATED BY: Lance Armstrong, Chris Evert, Alex Ferreira
Stay at an Exclusive Luxury Resort in the Grand Cayman Islands, Lake Tahoe, Los Cabos, Peninsula Papagayo, Real Del Mar, Scottsdale, Sea Island and/or Steamboat Springs
EXCLUSIVE WEEK WITH EXCLUSIVE RESORTS Create lasting memories with the people you love! Averaging 3,500 square feet, the three-to-five bedroom homes in the Exclusive Resorts’ private collection can accommodate between six to eight people comfortably, and are in the world’s best locations. You will have the beauty of a private home with the luxury and convenience of a private resort. Each home features dream amenities, such as chef-grade kitchens, private infinity pools and hot tubs, spacious outdoor areas and expansive great rooms – perfect for family gatherings. Best of all, your personal concierge will plan every detail – from stocking the pantry with your favorite foods prior to arrival and hiring a private chef to booking tee times and building custom itineraries – so you can enjoy a hassle-free vacation. Your only job is to have fun! Choose to reserve your Exclusive Resorts vacation in any one of these sought-after locations: *Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands *Lake Tahoe, California *Los Cabos, Mexico *Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica *Real Del Mar, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico *Scottsdale, Arizona *Sea Island, Georgia *Steamboat Springs, Colorado
DONATED BY: Bruce Etkin
Experience a Chris Davenport-Guided Private Snow Cat Powder Tour, Element 47 and a Gorsuch Shopping Spree
THE PERFECT WINTER DAY Chris Davenport-Guided Private Snow Cat Powder Tour Little Nell’s Element 47 Wine Dinner and Gorsuch Shopping Spree Local ski legend Chris Davenport will guide your party of 10 for an unforgettable day of 10,000 vertical feet of wilderness skiing or boarding in the 1,100 acres of untracked open bowls, meadows and glades on the backside of Aspen Mountain. After a short gondola ride to the summit of Aspen Mountain, you will board your private cat and head for the finest powder on any mountain. A hearty gourmet lunch will be served in a cozy wood stove-heated cabin in the heart of the picturesque Elk Mountains. Snacks and drinks will be provided on board the cat throughout the day. Complete your adventure with the finest private dinner for 10 that Aspen has to offer in the five-star ranked Element 47’s Wine Room. Your amazing 5-course meal, prepared by Executive Chef Max Zubrod, will be paired with a selection of rare Bordeaux and Burgundies, curated by Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy. AND, before you even get started, pick up your $5,000 gift certificate for a shopping spree at Gorsuch – Aspen’s signature retailer, famous for ski equipment and cutting-edge fashions on and off the mountain. A family-owned business, Gorsuch has been THE shopping destination in Aspen for over 50 years. DONATED BY: Aspen Skiing Company, Gorsuch, Chris Davenport, Anonymous
Attend a Private Dress Rehearsal of Saturday Night Live
LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!!! Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a very private and coveted dress rehearsal of Saturday Night Live! You and a guest will be escorted by Judy Belushi , whose late husband was a founding cast member of SNL. A writer and long-time SNL insider, Judy can make the magic happen–she’ll entertain you with personal histories, SNL gossip, lore and more. Dress rehearsals, where anything goes, have been known to be even better than the live show. The cast is more spontaneous, and you’ll see skits that don’t make it into the live SNL show (some deemed inappropriate for TV)! Enjoy two nights at the Mark, “New York’s Most Boldly Lavish Hotel,” a five-star luxury hotel, just steps away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, world-class shopping, fantastic restaurants, and more. During your stay in the Big Apple, sweat it out at a FlyWheel Sports studio, offering stadium cycling and precision training classes in 10 locations in NYC, and many more throughout the US. You’ll receive a 10-class pack to be used anywhere. Finally, hop in an Uber to the East Village, where you will have dinner for two at Virginia’s, an unexpectedly upscale restaurant on Avenue C with a killer burger and excellent wine list. Another night of fine dining at Bodega Negra at the Dream Downtown Hotel in Chelsea is included–you’ll love the edgy crowd and inventive menu of modern Mexican fare. This is TRULY a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s SATURDAY NIGHT!! DONATED BY: Bob Bowden, Judy Belushi, Flywheel Sports, Virginia’s, Bodega Negra
Golfer’s Bucket List with Justin Leonard
Your party of three will join British Open Champion golfer and Aspen local Justin Leonard for 3 rounds of golf at Bandon Trails, Pacific Dunes and Bandon Preserve. On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Justin will accompany your group on a private plane from Aspen to Bandon Dunes. This stunning resort, on a bluff overlooking a remote stretch of rugged Oregon Coast, is on the top of every golfer’s bucket list and has been described by Golf Digest as “the greatest pure golf experience in the world.” You will start with a 1:30 pm tee time at Bandon Trails on September 17th. That evening, you can relive the highlights of the day over dinner with Justin at one of the unique restaurants at the resort. With 12 PGA Tour victories under his belt, Justin will be able to give you advice on how to improve your swing and sharpen your short game. Your party and Justin will stay in a comfortable 4-bedroom suite at the Dunes, refreshed and ready for an 8:10 am tee time at Pacific Dunes and a 2:30 pm tee time at Bandon Preserve. Get your final golf tips from Justin on the private jet home on September 18th. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime golfer’s experience. DONATED BY: Justin Leonard, Tony Sherman, Robert Potamkin
Surf and Sun in Nosara, Costa Rica
Your group of 12 will spend 6 nights in Casa Primos, a luxury home in one of the world’s leading surf towns in Costa Rica. This eco-friendly beach house features a private outdoor salt-water swimming pool, and an open living space where families and friends can gather. You will have a personal chef, who will prepare local dishes in your home. Books, games, high speed wifi, W/D, daily housekeeping, parking, back up water and power systems, and a state-ofthe-art security system are included. A 3-minute walk will take you to a beautiful white sand beach. Easily one of the best properties in Playa Guiones, this intimate luxury compound, located in a lush jungle preserve, is remarkably tranquil, yet only minutes away from “downtown” Guiones– with restaurants, shops, yoga studios, surfing schools, and many other things to do. This villa comfortably sleeps 12 in 4 bedrooms. The fourth bedroom is a bunkroom that sleeps 6. All of the bedrooms have screened windows, transoms and air conditioning units. On the compound is a large rancho with its own kitchen, minibar, outdoor living room and an upper level ideal for meditation, massage or a group yoga practice. You will never want to leave this small slice of paradise. DONATED BY: Sam and Mark Terkun