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Colorado: CAIC Benefit Bash a key fundraiser for backcountry avalanche forecasting and education

Get your CAIC grrove on at the annual Benefit Bash, Nov. 10 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

Grassroots support critical for state avy programs

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — The Friends of the CAIC sure knows how to time their events, with this year’s CAIC Benefit Bash scheduled to be held Saturday evening, just as the season’s first significant winter storm is forecast to drop the first good batch of powder on the Colorado high country.

This year’s Benefit Bash will once again be held at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center and features live music, tasty food, beer from New Belgium Brewery, and great people all enjoying the massive silent auction and a seemingly endless stream of door prizes.

The goodies include a Monarch season pass, snowcat skiing trips, all sorts of backcountry gear and even a spot on an Alaska heli guide school trip.

The bash has grown to be one of the most important grassroots fundraisers for the CAIC, which relies in part on donations to maintain a robust backcountry forecasting and avalanche awareness program. Last year the event raised about $72,000 and organizer Joe Vandal said the goal this year is $90,000. Continue reading

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Colorado: Benefit bash for the CAIC set for Nov. 12

Friends of CAIC check out silent auction items at the 2010 benefit bash.

Grassroots support critical to supporting avalanche education and forecasting in Colorado

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — In the biggest manifestation of grassroots support for the hard-working forecasters of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, more than 1,000 people will once again gather at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Nov. 12 for the annual CAIC Benefit Bash, organized by the Friends of CAIC.

Along with tasty food, live tunes and suds from the New Belgium Brewery, the event once again includes an impressive silent auction and an almost endless stream of door prizes generously donated by supporters. But be sure to get your tickets early online at the Friends of CAIC website, because the bash is sure to sell out again this year.

Last November, more than 1,200 people quickly filled the Riverwalk Center, with tickets selling out in the second hour of the event, according to Friends director Aaron Carlson, who together with Joe Vandal, has been the driving force in building a thriving grassroots support group. Continue reading

Benefit nets $46,000 for Colorado avalanche center

Friends group once again pulls off huge fundraiser in Breckenridge

CAIC director Ethan Greene (left) at the Benefit Bash with his predecessor, Knox Williams.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Center delivered in big way last month, as the CAIC benefit bash at the Riverwalk Center raised about $46,000 to help fund the center’s backcountry forecasting and avalanche education program.

CAIC director Ethan Greene said the bash is the single biggest fundraiser of the season that help meet a big part of the center’s grassroots fundraising goal. Part of the CAIC operations are funded by the state, but grassroots donations and grants are an important part of helping provide the daily backcountry forecasts, as well as local avalanche awareness programs. The benefit bash, once again organized by Aaron Carlson and Joe Vandal, featured a huge list of sponsors and donors all pitching in to make it a huge success.

The money raised at the third annual benefit bash once again raised the ante, surpassing the previous year’s total of $39,000. Greene said that about 1,500 people turned out to support the CAIC. At one point, local safety officials had to shut the doors for a while because the venue was full.

Even if you weren’t able to make it to the bash, you can still support the avalanche center. visit the friends group online to join and donate.

You can also visit the CAIC supporters page for more information. More pics after the break. Continue reading

Avy center fundraiser is coming up in Breckenridge

A small slab avalanche in Summit County Colorado

A small slab avalanche near the summit of Loveland Pass, along U.S. Highway 6, between Arapahoe Basin and Loveland.

Annual event helps round out funding for daily backcountry forecasts and education programs

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s never to early to start planning for a good thing, and the third annual Friends of the Avalanche Center fundraiser is about as good as it gets. Along with massive piles of ski and snowboard schwag, the Nov. 13 event at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center raises a big chunk of cash — $39,000 last year — that goes directly toward supporting the center’s operations and providing the daily forecasts used by thousands of backcountry skiers and snowboarders each week. Check out the CAIC here.

The silent auction this year includes — get ready — a spot in a week-long heliski guide school, season passes at local resorts, skis, avy gear, as well as a mouth-watering spread, beer from the New Belgium brewery and live music from Zen Mustache, a Denver band with a groovy sound. Check them here. Any band that includes a line about climbing trees in the wind is alright in my book!

Organizer Aaron Carlson said his goal this year is to raise $50,000, which would go a long way toward filling in some of the soft spots in the CAIC’s annual budget. The avalanche center operates under the auspices of state government, and part of its operating costs are covered from various sources, which have included the oil and gas severance tax fund, as well as money from the Colorado Department of Transportation, which relies on CAIC forecasts to keep the mountain passes open and safe for passenger and freight traffic. Continue reading

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