VAIL — Love Hope Strength announced this week that rock quartet DeVotchKa will headline the third annual Vail Rocks fundraising event on Aug. 16 in Vail. The event, sponsored by the town of Vail, brings together hundreds of supporters, new and old, cancer survivors and rock stars in support of the world’s leading rock ‘n’ roll cancer foundation, Love Hope Strength and the Get on the List campaign.
The two-day event highlights a one-of-a-kind hike up Vail Mountain starting at 8 a.m. on Aug. 16. Hikers will enjoy a three-mile musically charged hike up the Berrypicker Trail while hiking alongside and enjoying acoustic stops with musicians Scotty Stoughton, of Bonfire Dub, Onward Etc., The Fixx’s Cy Curnin and DeVotchKa. At the summit, hikers take in the world-class views at mid-Vail while enjoying lunch and a live performance by LHS co-founder and two-time cancer survivor Mike Peters of The Alarm. For the first time in the event’s history, participants are invited to bring their instruments of choice and jam with the musicians.
The free post-hike concert at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village begins on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m. The concert will feature students from Denver’s School of Rock with Mike Peters, Onward Etc. and the biggest headliner ever, DeVotchKa. While participants enjoy libations from Oskar Blues and Deep Eddy, they will have the opportunity to Get on the List at one of the booths and become a life-saving donor or purchase merchandise in support of Love Hope Strength.
Participation numbers for the hike are limited; register at vailrocks.org to participate in this special event. The registration fee is $99 for the hike, or take the pledge to fundraiser and lower the registration fee. Participants that raise $1,000 or more will be invited to the George Karl Foundation Reception on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. The reception will include complimentary drinks, appetizers, music and bowling as a thank you to the most loyal and engaged supporters. All hikers, fundraisers and the town of Vail will be invited to Bol later that evening for a party with DJ Aero at 9 p.m.
Through the Get on the List campaign, more than 67,000 marrow donors have registered, resulting in over 1,000 potentially life-saving matches. Through unique events like Vail Rocks, Love Hope Strength builds cancer centers around the world, giving more people access to early detection and quality cancer care. The Love Hope Strength website is www.lovehopestrength.org.
To find out more information, visit vailrocks.org or call Love Hope Strength at 720-379-7013.