6th Annual Aspen Summit for Life 2011: Benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation

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Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Aspen Summit for Life 2011 weekend of events, December 9 and 10, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado. Centered around a nighttime race up Aspen Mountain, Summit for Life’s weekend of activities promotes the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Aspen Summit for Life 2011 weekend of events, December 9 and 10, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado. Centered around a nighttime race up Aspen Mountain, Summit for Life’s weekend of activities promotes the importance of organ and tissue donation. Every day eighteen people die a preventable death due to the shortage of available organs. Through organ donation, one person can save as many as eight people.* Participants of Aspen Summit for Life help save lives by raising funds for the Chris Klug Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting lifesaving donation and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant candidates and recipients.

Last year’s Aspen Summit for Life was record breaking in terms of participation, fundraising and awareness. “The funds raised from the 2010 Aspen Summit for Life weekend made it possible for the Chris Klug Foundation to host over 50 awareness events nationwide in 2011 and provide 675 schools with our new Donor Dudes Educational Video,” commented Olympic Snowboarder and liver transplant recipient Chris Klug. “This year is sure to be even more far reaching with exciting changes to the line up of activities and the launch of our redesigned website.” The website features more fundraising tools that will enable racers to create their own fundraising page with automated functions for social media and messaging to aid racers in attain their personal fundraising goal.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

5th Annual Wine and Dine for Life
December 9th from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$250 per person, of which $200 is tax-deductible
Presented by Sky Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, with culinary creations donated by Pacifica Seafood and Raw Bar. Start the action-packed weekend at the 5th Annual Wine & Dine for Life, an elegant wine pairings dinner with Chris Klug and friends hosted in the chic Aspen Mountain Room at the Sky Hotel.

Party for Life hosted by 39 Degrees Lounge
December 9th starting at 10 pm
The team at 39 Degrees Lounge knows how to throw a party! Kick off the winter weekend at Party for Life in their swanky lounge with specialty drink and guest DJ spinning beats throughout the night. The party is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come to this fun filled celebration of life.

6th Annual Aspen Summit for Life Uphill - Our Signature Event
December 10th - 5 pm Recreational Start & 6 pm Competitive Start.
The registration fee per person is $40 on or before December 9th and $60 the day of the race with a commitment to raise additional pledges. A unique nighttime race from the base to the summit of Aspen Mountain – 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles to celebrate life-saving organ donation and help raise funds for the Chris Klug Foundation. Racers can use their preferred choice of lighting and non-motorized equipment. Supporters can also partake in the party at the Sundeck by signing up to Ride for Life and take the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. Tickets to the party cost $60 for adults, $35 for children and children three years old and under ride for free. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible. When racers and supporters reach the summit there will be dinner prepared by The Little Nell, refreshments, live music, an awards ceremony and prize giveaways. The top fundraisers and top racers will receive great prizes.

To donate to the cause or learn more about Aspen Summit for Life 2011 visit: http://www.SummitForLife.org or contact Holly at 970/274-0832 or at Holly.Upper(at)gmail(dot)com.

Aspen Summit for Life and all its supporters enable the Chris Klug Foundation to focus on the mission of promoting life-saving organ donation and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant candidates and recipients. Current Summit for Life Partners include: Kahtoola, The Little Nell Hotel, The Sky Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, Aspen Magazine, Aspen Square Hotel, Pacifica Seafood & Raw Bar, 39 Degrees, The Anschutz Foundation, Ink! Coffee, The Aspen Business Journal.com, Aspen Public Radio, Slater Foundation, Aspen Valley Hospital, AspenSpin.com, Grassroots Community TV. Hosted in conjunction with the Aspen Skiing Company.

About CKF:
The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Aspen, Colorado. Founded in 2004 by liver transplant recipient and Olympic snowboarder Chris Klug, CKF is dedicated to promoting lifesaving donation and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant candidates and recipients.

Through its grassroots initiative, Donor Dudes, CKF is also working with young people around the world--providing donor awareness materials and information for Donor Dudes chapters on high schools and college campuses nationwide. People everywhere are touched by organ donation and transplantation, and it is our mission to help spread the word in a fun way.

For more information about organ donation and the support available surrounding our cause, please visit us at http://www.chrisklugfoundation.org

*Sources: Donate Life America and UNOS, current as of April 2011

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