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.
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The Aspen City Council on Tuesday decided it will make legal what many bicyclists already are doing: rolling through stop signs.
With little discussion, Mayor Steve Skadron and council members Ann Mullins and Adam Frisch agreed with Aspen police and other city staff members to create an ordinance that allows bicyclists to use stop signs in the same manner that motorists use a yield sign. Councilman Art Daily, who is traveling, was not present for Tuesday’s work session.
The new rule — heralded as a safety measure and a possible incentive for more people to use bikes — won’t become official until it goes through the council’s regular meeting cycle with an introduction at one meeting and a vote for or against final approval at another.
“I am ready to move forward with this,” Skadron said. “I think it’s safe, sensible and efficient bike transport.”
In February, the City Council discussed the issue after Aspen police brought information to them about the “stop-as-yield approach” which has worked in Idaho for many years. A 2008 study by the University of California at Berkeley showed that in Idaho, police and motorists have accepted the measure as public policy that makes sense.
Boise, a city with a large percentage of regular bicyclists compared with motorists, has become safer as a result of the change, the study indicated.
“The study determined that bicyclists are actually at greater risk when they stop at stop signs because of a few factors,” Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn said in February. “One of them being that there is always an unknown element when a bicyclist comes to a stop sign to the motorists in the area. Is that bike going to stop or not?”
Proponents of “stop as yield” cite the difficulty some cyclists have in dealing with the bike’s inertia when coming to a hard stop and faulty gear that fails to allow them to stop on time.
Also at that February meeting, council members asked staffers to gather more community input. City Engineer Trish Aragon said Tuesday that local bike-shop owners aren’t against the rule change, expressing the general opinion that cyclists “were doing it already.”
Mullins suggested that Pitkin County government ought to be informed about the reasons behind the rule change in order to consider making the same decision so that cyclists aren’t confused as they ride in and out of city and county boundaries.
Frisch said he doesn’t see the need for extra signage next to standard stop signs that say “except for bicycles.”
“I think it’s a waste of money and clutter, and if people still slow and stop, they slow and stop,” he said.
The question arose as to whether the rule change will apply to Highway 82, a state thoroughfare.
“Both Breckenridge and Dillon have the same issue, and they have worked it out with (the Colorado Department of Transportation), and CDOT is allowing them to (let bicyclists) yield at stop signs on the state highway,” Aragon said. “I’m assuming that since Breckenridge and Dillon were able to do it that we would be able to do it, too.”
Frisch brought up the issue of the legalities of bicycling on sidewalks, which was a council topic last year that fell by the wayside after former Councilman Derek Johnson spoke out. He said he would go “ballistic” if one of his kids came home with a police citation for riding on a sidewalk.
“I read that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn’t recommend that kids 10 or under ride on the streets,” Frisch said.
Linn reminded Frisch and others that riding a bicycle on an Aspen sidewalk still is illegal for everyone, young or old, and subject to a fine, although police rarely enforce the law anywhere except the downtown pedestrian malls, where they ask riders to get off and walk their bikes.
Some last-minute JAS tips
Not all of the music on hand for this weekend’s Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival will require a ticket to enjoy the tunes.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass will host a free lawn party on the Aspen Music Festival grounds near the Benedict Music Tent, where live music will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Two stages will include world jazz from Tizer and the Mezcla Afro-Cuban Allstars. Food booths will be on hand as well, along with full-service bars.
No parking will be available onsite, with the exception of patron/VIP ticket holders.
However, bus service to the music grounds, provided by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, will be available.
Also, Jazz Aspen Snowmass has arranged shuttle service to and from Rubey Park Transit Center through Colorado Mountain Express, with shuttles running continuously from 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday. WE-cycle also will provide bicycles for those willing to pedal their way to and from the concerts.
Also, no camera, radio or recording devices are allowed inside the Benedict Music Tent. No cellphone photography is permitted either.
Tickets for today’s Jackson Browne performance are sold out, while they remain available for the Saturday performance featuring Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite as well as the Sunday performance by the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Naturally 7.
Tickets are available by calling 866-JAS-TIXX, visiting the Belly Up Aspen box office or visiting www.jazzaspensnowmass.org.
Colorado becomes first to fully regulate recreational ganja use
TROY HOOPER | Wed., May 29, 2013 @ 9:14 am
A marijuana rally on April 20, 2012, in Denver. (My 420 Tours)
DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a half dozen bills into law Tuesday that regulate how marijuana can be grown and sold in Colorado while also attempting to shield children from it and keep stoned drivers off of the road.
The legislation is in response to Amendment 64 — a law Coloradans approved in a statewide vote in November that legalizes the use and limited possession of recreational marijuana for adults.
Colorado is now the first place on Earth to fully regulate the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and over. The smokeable plant, however, remains illegal under federal law, which puts it on par with heroin — a classification marijuana advocates, and many scientists, find laughable.
Ending the marijuana prohibition is expected to generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and take profits out of the black market. “Certainly, this industry will create jobs,” Hickenlooper said at the bills’ signing. “Whether it’s good for the brand of our state is still up in the air. But the voters passed Amendment 64 by a clear majority. That’s why we’re going to implement it as effectively as we possibly can.”
One of the laws the governor signed lays the framework for an excise tax — essentially a wholesale tax — that can be as much as 15 percent. The first $40 million in revenue from the excise tax will annually go to the Building Excellent Schools Today program. The law also lays the framework for a sales tax that will start at 10 percent, but is capped at 15 percent. Colorado voters, however, still must approve the taxes.
In an effort to curb interstate marijuana trafficking, one of Colorado’s new laws limits out-of-state residents from buying more than a quarter-ounce in a single sale, though they can possess an ounce.
Until September 2014, the pot trade will be limited to businesses already up and running that now sell medicinal marijuana. Sellers must also be Colorado residents for at least two years and pass a background check — rules designed to prevent the state from attracting drug cartels and other criminal elements.
If they so choose, communities can ban retail pot sales, similar to how some of them currently outlaw medicinal marijuana dispensaries. Marijuana is not allowed on school grounds, child care centers or in community residential homes and the new laws attempt to define what it means to be using marijuana “openly” and “publicly,” and specify how it may be stored. The new legislation also attempts to curtail communal smoking at marijuana clubs by not exempting them from indoor air laws like they do cigar clubs.
Although there is already a law on the books targeting drug-using drivers, a new one will go into effect that says motorists are too stoned to drive if their blood contains more than 5 nanograms of THC from marijuana. The law is controversial as tests have been all over the map with some showing some regular smokers might have enough THC in their bloodstream even if they hadn’t inhaled the drug for 24 hours.
There is a deadline of July 1 for the Colorado Department of Revenue to implement the legislation Hickenlooper signed and by October it must begin accepting applications for marijuana stores.
Federal officials have remained mum on Amendment 64 — as well as a similar law passed in Washington state — but Hickenlooper said that he expects the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh in soon.
U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced a bill in February that would exempt states like Colorado from federal marijuana laws. The bill has been assigned to committee.
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The effort to clear snow to the summit of Independence Pass was in the final stretch Monday after a helicopter crew dropped bombs into avalanche chutes that posed a threat to equipment operators.
A helicopter hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation dropped 36 bombs on the east side of the summit and five charges in the Roaring Fork West and Roaring Fork East slide areas about two miles from the summit on the Aspen side.
From a safe site a short distance east of the Independence ghost town, highway maintenance supervisor Don Poole and two members of his crew, Adam Wano and Jeff Lewis, watched the helicopter hover over the Continental Divide and drop the 33-pound charges. After a lengthy delay, the explosions sounded like rifle blasts, reverberating off the high peaks. Other times, the sound was muffled, depending on the direction of the chute that was targeted.
When a CDOT avalanche expert examined the control work from the air and deemed it a success, the ground crew fired up a snowblower the size of an SUV and started eating into the 5-foot-high wall of snow that covers the final two miles of the road. By late Monday, the crew was close to the Upper Lost Man Loop parking area — where Highway 82 forms a big horseshoe before heading up the steep, long grade to the summit.
“It is the toughest two miles from this point, for sure,” Poole said.
“It’ll probably take us as long to clear that out as it did the whole rest of the danged road,” said Jeff Lewis, a highway maintenance worker who is driving some of the equipment to clear the pass.
The crew started working the last week of April, preferring to get started early in the day, when temperatures are lower. Wet, heavy snow clogs the snowblower.
While the winter was mild, the snowpack caught up in April. It’s left behind a 5-foot blanket that covers the roadway and surrounding terrain, making it tricky for an equipment operator to know exactly where the road is located.
“It’s like a brick wall,” Lewis said of the remaining snowbank. “Once you start breaking it up, it melts like crazy.”
CDOT records indicate that the west approach to Independence Pass has about 90 percent of its average snowpack. The east side of the pass is about 100 percent of average, Poole said, but the Aspen side gets a higher amount of snow than the Twin Lakes side because of the mountain dynamics.
Poole expressed confidence that the crew will have the road cleared to the summit by the scheduled opening May 23.
“If we do get it (cleared) before then, we’ll be opening it up,” he said.
Cyclists in Saturday’s Ride for the Pass have clear sailing from the closure gate to Independence, where the official, timed course ends. Many riders continue up the road after the event. They shouldn’t expect to make it to the summit. Poole said the crew would be roughly halfway up the steep, long grade by Saturday.
The avalanche-control work didn’t bring down much snow on the Aspen side of the pass Monday, but CDOT won’t take any risks with its employees. It errs on the side of caution. The recent warm weather has increased the chances of “wet” avalanches, Poole said.
Each member of the maintenance crew has an avalanche beacon, a probe and a shovel. They take mandatory snow-safety training.
Lewis said there is more peace of mind for him as an equipment operator after the avalanche-control work is performed. Still, he said, the crew keeps an eye on the slopes for any developing danger. A spotter works with the equipment operators on the final stretch.
The crew is using one heavy-duty loader with chains wrapped around the 6-foot-diameter tires to push the oversized snowblower along. It chews an 8-foot-wide swath through the snow with rotors and spits it out in a large arc to the side of the road. The snowblower clears the left half of the road. A second loader trails behind to scoop the snow off the right lane.
The crew expects to cover less than a quarter mile per day while clearing snow. The snowblower creeps along despite its size and power. There is more to opening the highway than clearing the snowbanks. The crew must clear rocks that continually pepper the road at this time of year. Guardrails beat up by the snow must be repaired, potholes will be patched, and erosion on the shoulder will be filled.
While waiting for the avalanche-control work, the maintenance-crew members said working in the solitude of the pass is a treat compared with their usual duties. The only sounds were water rushing beneath the snow and birds in the forest. The staff is responsible for maintenance of Highway 82 from mile marker 14 near Carbondale to the summit of Independence Pass and Highway 133 to the south side of McClure Pass. Lewis said the other Highway 82 crew was sweeping the road through Snowmass Canyon. That’s in contrast to the work on the pass, where traffic isn’t an issue right now.
A different crew is working to open the road from the Twin Lakes side.
“It’s kind of a competition to see who gets to the top (first),” Poole said. Radio communication is tough between the east and west sides, so it’s a guessing game on how the opposing crew is doing.