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Aspen International Fashion Week 2014 Announces Official Charitable and Media Partnerships for the Exclusive Four-Day Event
Aspen International Fashion Week 2014 Announces Official Charitable and Media Partnerships for the Exclusive Four-Day Event
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® named official charitable partner. Outside Magazine, Outside TV and SNOW magazine named official media partners.
Aspen, Colorado (PRWEB) November 26, 2013
Aspen International Fashion Week (AIFW) is a luxury fashion event set to take place March 13-16, 2014, in beautiful Aspen, Colorado. Daytime events will include presentations of the hottest new trends in outerwear on the open-air Après Ski Stage, nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain. Evening events will take place at Aspen’s most renowned venues, such as 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel, the Baldwin Gallery and the Caribou Club. All evening events will feature high-end fashion and jewelry presentations by AIFW designer partners.
Aspen International Fashion Week has chosen St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its official charity partner. St Jude leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude will receive two percent of all sponsorships and half of all ticket sales for the AIFW closing event – the highly anticipated Black and White Ball on March 15.
The ball, inspired by Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball of 1966, will host 400 guests at the exclusive members-only venue, the Caribou Club. The ball will also feature live and silent auctions to benefit St. Jude.
AIFW President Brooke Fogg is very passionate about businesses giving back to charitable organizations. “We’re extremely excited about all of our partnerships for AIFW, however, the partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital really gives us the opportunity to combine our love of fashion, skiing and philanthropy,” she said. “We are confident that our other partners, sponsors and attendees will not only see the value and importance of supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Aspen International Fashion Week, but will be inspired beyond the event to get involved.”
St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade and won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
“It doesn’t matter if our children walk through the doors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in kitten heels or cowboy boots,” said Tara Moyer, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Thanks to generous partnerships like this one, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”
Official media sponsors will include Outside Magazine, Outside TV and SNOW Magazine. Both print partners are leaders in their respective categories and will provide promotional support for Aspen International Fashion Week programs and events.
About Aspen International Fashion Week
Aspen International Fashion Week is a luxury fashion event unlike any other in the world. The four-day event features runway presentations showcasing the hottest new trends in outerwear on the open air Après Ski Stage, nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain as well as evening events throughout Aspen, showcasing collections from internationally known fashion and jewelry brands. The event will include après-ski fashion shows, sponsored evening soirées along with musical, tech industry, food, sustainability and healthy lifestyle tie-ins. For more about AIFW visit us at http://aspenintlfashionweek.com/.
About Outside Magazine & Outside TV
Outside Magazine and Outside TV inspire participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends, and events that define the active lifestyle.
About SNOW Magazine
Defining the alpine lifestyle, with coverage of fashion, destinations, food and wine, art, adventure, and news from everywhere the snow falls (even when it’s not falling).
SNOW – life, lifts, luxury. In that order, roughly.
Press inquiries: DeDe Brown – dede(at)aspenintlfashionweek(dot)com or 917.328.9117
Designer inquiries: Katie Van Horne – katie(at)aspenintlfashionweek(dot)com
Sponsorship inquiries: Brooke Fogg – brooke(at)aspenintlfashionweek(dot)com
Aspen Board of Realtors help stock Lift-Up pantry
A food drive by the Aspen Board of Realtors for Lift-Up got a super-sized boost Monday.
Bren Simon of Carbondale isn’t a real estate agent but she heard about the foodraising effort and decided to help — in a big way. She purchased what turned out to be five pallets of food from Costco and had them delivered to the warehouse for Carbondale’s branch of Lift-Up, the nonprofit that operates food pantries in the towns of the Roaring Fork and Lower Colorado River valleys.
Volunteers with Lift-Up unloaded the pallets Monday afternoon. Jake Boyles, of Crystal River Spas, donated his time on a forklift to ease the amount of labor needed to unload the shipment. The special delivery featured food such as canned corn and green beans that can be used during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, as well as such items as pasta, peanut butter and cereal that can be used as needed.
Aspen Board of Realtors President Karen Toth said the nonprofit association for real estate agents picks a different charitable group to help each month. The effort has been going on for two years.
“We’re trying to focus on those that don’t have a big voice,” she said.
About 25 real estate offices have collected food since Nov. 1 and will continue gathering items up to Thanksgiving Day. They will contribute several thousands dollars worth of food, Toth said.
In addition to providing direct assistance to charitable nonprofits, the real estate agents aim each month to make other people aware of the good-deed organizations. It worked in spades this month. Toth said Simon inquired about what effort was being assisted in November and initially didn’t disclose she was making such a big donation.
Toth said she could hardly believe it when she learned the size of Simon’s contribution.
“I was jumping for joy,” she said.
After Simon said she wanted to help stock the pantry in Carbondale, Toth consulted with Lift-Up on what foods were needed the most and Costco was contacted for a bulk purchase.
Debi Boyle, coordinator of the Carbondale Lift-Up office, said the real estate agent’s delivery will help fill about 175 Thanksgiving boxes that will be distributed on Sunday and it will help keep the pantry stocked for a few months.
However, the pantry goes through an incredible amount of food, Boyle said. A few of the items still needed for the holiday boxes include canned sweep potatoes, Jell-O mix and pie crust.
Food is always needed for the regular disbursements from the pantry. About 25 families per day are assisted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, when the pantry is open. The office is in constant need of cash to purchase groceries that aren’t on hand.
“I buy meat before I open every day,” Boyle said.
Food and cash donations can be given to Lift-Up at its 3rd Street Center office.
Toth said she understands that the food drive by the Aspen Board of Realtors will only help for a couple of months. But she hopes it will spur people — real estate agents and otherwise — to help Lift-Up over the long haul.
The real estate agents will assist an organization called Christmas Wish in December; the Hope Center will get a boost in January; Response will get help in February; and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will be assistance in March.
Early Snow = Early Opening! Aspen Mountain will open with top-to-bottom skiing down both the Spar Gulch and Copper Bowl sides of the mountain on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, twelve days earlier than the scheduled opening on Thanksgiving Day. The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express Chair will be open as will the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. Specific information on runs and additional lifts will be announced later this week. Snowmass and Aspen Mountain Open Daily for the season November 23.
Are you a season passholder? Be sure to pick up your pass before Saturday to avoid the rush! Two Creeks, Buttermilk and Aspen Mountain ticket offices are open 9 am – 4:30 pm.
More information go to http://www.aspensnowmass.com/
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America’s Favorite Towns
No. 1 Aspen, CO
Beauty abounds in this tony ski town, from the 14,000-foot heights of the surrounding peaks to its residents, who won the No. 2 spot in the survey’s attractive people category—second only to the southern belles of Oxford, MS. (And looks aren’t everything: Aspenites also scored No. 3 for intelligence.) Victorian-era brick façades housing chic boutiques like Fendi and Prada lend an Old West–meets–Fifth Avenue appeal to the former mining town’s walkable streets, which encompass the No. 3–ranked Main Street and No. 1 town square.
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Aspen exhibit features more than 100 valley artists
Each work is selected by the individual artist in consultation with 2013 guest curator and Carbondale-based artist James Surls. The 2013 Roaring Fork Open will remain on view from Oct. 4 through 27.
The Roaring Fork Open is a longstanding tradition that highlights the Aspen Art Museum’s ongoing investment in sustaining a vibrant local, national and international arts community, according to a statement. It is open to artists living between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, and over the past 33 years, countless artists have presented their work at the museum.
With the completion of the Aspen Art Museum’s new home expected in 2014, this is the last time that the Roaring Fork Open will be in the museum’s historic building.
From 5 to 6 p.m. each Saturday throughout the exhibition, the Aspen Art Museum also will present free public programs featuring local chefs, each of whom will invent a culinary dish inspired by an exhibition artwork of their choosing.
Oct. 5: Julia and Allen Domingos (Epicure)
Oct. 12: Pyramid Bistro
Oct. 19: Rustique Bistro
Oct. 26: Miles Angelo (Caribou Club)
Aspen Times Weekly: A Welcoming New Wheeler
The latest renovation of the Wheeler Opera House is all about comfort. That charmingly old-fashioned balcony, dating back to 1889, that caused even 7-year-olds to complain about the lack of leg-room, and the seats that didn’t quite face the stage are being replaced. The new seats will be wider, higher and, most noteworthy, at a greater distance from the seat in front of it. “We will be cheering the hearts and knees of our guests,” Gram Slaton, the Wheeler’s executive director, quipped in a press release.
The Wheeler also seems to have comfort foremost in mind with the first round of acts it has announced for the upcoming winter season. Several of the artists are Wheeler regulars with a solid track record; some are even Aspen residents. Virtually all of them are on the seasoned side age-wise, and thus are not likely to be testing the decibel limits of the new construction.
“It’s people who have sold out in the past,” Slaton said in an interview. “So it’s a good way to present the new Wheeler.”
The remodel will be introduced Dec. 21 with composer and part-time Aspenite Burt Bacharach. The 85-year-old, whose career dates back to New York City’s Brill Building in the 1950s, has used his signature melodic style to tally more than 70 Top 40 hits, including such pop classics as “I Say a Little Prayer,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “That’s What Friends Are For” and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.” Bacharach’s songs have been covered by British pop star Dusty Springfield, country singer Marty Robbins, ‘80s New Wave band Naked Eyes, rocker Rod Stewart, and the Beatles, who scored a hit with “Baby, It’s You,” from the band’s debut album “Please Please Me.” Dionne Warwick recorded 38 singles with Bacharach and his longtime lyricist Hal David. More recent collaborators include Rufus Wainwright, Dr. Dre, and Elvis Costello, with whom Bacharach recorded the 1998 album “Painted From Memory.” Bacharach, who last performed at the Wheeler in 2007, will appear with a full band and multiple singers.
The Crystal Palace Revue, featuring actors from Aspen’s defunct Crystal Palace Dinner Theatre, brings its original satirical song-and-dance show to the Wheeler for two shows on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The Crystal Palace Revue, which has played numerous sold-out shows since the dinner theater closed in 2008, skipped performing last year at the Wheeler. The shows will include a champagne toast.
The Wheeler continues its tradition of a rocking New Year’s Eve with the local debut of the Louisiana swamp-rock band the Delta Saints. The evening includes an open bar, party favors and a champagne toast.
On Feb. 1, Dr. Ralph Stanley, the 86-year-old singer and banjoist whose career began in the 1940s, performs with his long-running Clinch Mountain Boys. The Virginia native performed from 1946-‘66 with his brother Carter in the landmark bluegrass combo the Stanley Brothers, and experienced a career resurgence in 2000, when he recorded the Appalachian song “O Death” for the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Stanley’s upcoming shows are being billed as a farewell tour.
Judy Collins, known for her interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Stephen Sondheim, returns to the Wheeler for a Valentine’s Day show, Feb. 14, after a 2012 performance. Collins’ most recent album, 2011’s “Bohemian,” was a recollection of the southern California music scene of the 1960s and featured four of Collins’ own compositions.
Texas singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, who recently bought a home in Aspen and has become a regular performer at the Wheeler, returns to play with his band on Feb. 15. Walker is best known for writing “Mr. Bojangles,” and for his recordings of “L.A. Freeway” and “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother.”
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African band formed by singer Joseph Shabalala in 1964, makes its return to the Wheeler on March 11. The group, which sings in the a cappella style known as isicathimya, gained international prominence by contributing to Paul Simon’s landmark 1986 album “Graceland.” Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which has won three Grammy Awards, is still led by Shabalala, and features four of his sons along with several cousins.
The renovation of the Wheeler balcony will not result in any loss of seating. Part of the renovation includes the replacement of the old film projector booth — known as “the Whale” — with a smaller, digital projection system. The Wheeler will be used for Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings, Dec. 23-Jan. 2, featuring screenings of films considered contenders for Academy Awards. The program will be announced in mid-November.
Also coming to Aspen:
• Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s winter season opens with the traditional performances of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 14-15, with two performances each day. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company will perform Feb. 14-15, with a program including Cayetano Soto’s “Beautiful Mistake,” Norbert de la Cruz’s “Fold by Fold,” and the world premiere of a commissioned work by Nicolo Fonte. The program will have an encore on March 29. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will also present the all-male parody company, Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, on March 16. All dance performances are at the Aspen District Theatre.
• Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ JAS Café, in the Little Nell hotel, opens for the season Dec. 20-21 with Colorado-based vocalist Stacey Kent, whose new album, “The Changing Lights,” focuses on Brazilian styles. The Gypsy Allstars, a spin-off of the Gipsy Kings led by drummer Cedric Leonardi, plays its show Return to Rajasthan, which traces the gypsy culture to India, Dec. 28-30.
Wycliffe Gordon, trombonist with various Wynton Marsalis projects, does his tribute to Louis Armstrong, Hello Pops! on Jan. 10-11. Singer Kathy Kosins is set for Jan. 30-31, with Brazilian-born singer-pianist Eliane Elias returning Feb. 14-16.
Jazz-pop fusion band Spyro Gyra plays Feb. 20-22. The duo of singer Cyrille Aimee and guitarist Diego Figueiredo returns March 7-8. The seven-piece swing band Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers performs March 21-22. The series closes with the return of Cuban-born percussionist-singer Pedrito Martinez.
• Winter highlights at Belly Up include blues icon B.B. King (Nov. 27); electronica act EOTO (Dec. 6); folk-blues trio the Wood Brothers (Dec. 8); DJ/producer Steve Aoki (Dec. 21); the Flaming Lips (Dec. 30-31); the area debut of rock band the National (Jan. 3); Dweezil Zappa’s Zappa Plays Zappa (Feb. 13); and alternative rock band the Pixies, with Best Coast opening (Feb. 14).