7th Annual Aspen Summit for Life Benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation

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Join us for a celebration of life centered around an uphill race to the top of Aspen Mountain under the night's sky.

Mark your calendar for the 7th Annual Aspen Summit for Life, a weekend of events on December 7 and 8, 2012, in Aspen, Colorado. The weekend is centered around a nighttime race up Aspen Mountain Saturday, December 8, 2012, which sold out for the second year in a row last year. Summit for Life’s weekend of activities promotes the importance of organ and tissue donation. Every day nineteen people die a preventable death due to the shortage of available organs and every ten minutes another name is added to the National Transplant Waiting List. Through organ donation, one person can save as many as eight lives and improve as many as 100 lives.* Last year over 400 Summit for Life participants helped save lives by raising funds for the Chris Klug Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 2003 dedicated to promoting lifesaving donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by transplantation.

Last year’s Aspen Summit for Life was another record breaking year in terms of participation, fundraising and awareness. “We anticipate the race will sell out for a third year in a row,” states Chris Klug, Olympic Medalist Snowboarder and Founder / Chairman of the Chris Klug Foundation. “The success of Summit for Life enables CKF to host educational outreach events nationwide and deliver our new Donor Dudes videos free of charge to schools across the country. We are making a difference and saving lives, but we still have a big job ahead of us. Aspen Summit for Life weekend is vital to the continuation of Chris Klug Foundation’s life-saving work.”

7th ANNUAL ASPEN SUMMIT FOR LIFE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

6th Annual Wine and Dine for Life
December 7th from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$250 per person, of which $200 is tax-deductible
Pacifica Restaurant and Oyster Bar, locals’ favorite in downtown Aspen, opens their doors to host the 6th Annual Wine & Dine for Life, an elegant wine pairings dinner with Chris Klug and friends. Culinary creations and wine are donated by Pacifica.

Party for Life hosted by 39 Degrees Lounge
December 7th starting at 10:30 pm
Kick start the action-packed Summit for Life weekend at 39 Degrees Lounge at Party for Life. The popular party spot will feature drink specials, a guest DJ and the famous ice luge for all to enjoy. Party for Life is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come to this not to be missed celebration.

7th Annual Aspen Summit for Life Uphill - SOLD OUT LAST TWO YEARS
December 8th - 5 pm Recreational Start & 6 pm Competitive Start.
The registration fee per person is $40 on or before December 7th and $60 the day of the race with a commitment to raise additional pledges. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind race to the top of Aspen Mountain at night! Participants hike 2.5 miles with a 3,267 vertical feet gain all to promote the lifesaving message or organ and tissue donation. Racers can use their preferred choice of lighting and non-motorized equipment. Friends and families are welcome to join the celebration at the top of the mountain and cheer the racers across the finish line. Tickets to the dinner 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.

Click on link to view footage of Summit For Life: Videos of Summit for Life
Click here to view images of Summit For Life: Photo Gallery of Summit for Life
To donate to the cause or learn more about Aspen Summit for Life visit: http://www.SummitForLife.org or contact Holly at 970/274-0832 or at holly(at)summitforlife(dot)org

Aspen Summit for Life and all its supporters enable the Chris Klug Foundation to focus on the mission of promoting life-saving organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant candidates and recipients. Current Summit for Life Partners include: The Aspen Square Hotel, American Airlines, The Little Nell, Pacifica Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Elite Island Resorts, Kahtoola, Anschutz Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., Aspen Skiing Company, Paradise Bakery, KUUR Radio, Genentech, Aspen Public Radio, ink! Coffee, Karrie Sims Design, Aspen Valley Hospital, Mountain Aviation, Princeton Tec, The Aspen Club & Spa, and Grassroots T.V.

About CKF:
The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Aspen, Colorado. Founded in 2003 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 in high schools and on 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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