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Brandon Heath headlining Vail Valley Young Life’s Sunday fundraiser

BEAVER CREEK — You take a little music, food, wine and a message and you have Light Up the Night, Vail Valley Young Life's fourth annual fundraiser.

Brandon Heath is one of Christian music's most successful artists. He and Ben Dodds, Vail Valley Young Life director, have been friends for years.

Heath called Dodds last fall, saying he loves the Vail Valley and Young Life, and wondered how he could lend a hand.

Napa Valley winemakers Dave and Jackie Bos grew up in Young Life in California.

An idea was born and they put the whole thing together.

"Our vision is to bring in top name Christian and country artists each year," Dodds said.

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David and Jackie Bos make very good wine for several very good reasons, not the least of which is because that's what Jesus turned water into.

The Apostle Paul, you'll recall, advised Timothy, "No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine …" But don't overdo it, Paul also advised.

Christian Apetz, executive chef from 8100 is working with Bos Wine on the food pairings, which, of course, are divinely inspired.

About Brandon Heath

Heath has been a Christian for 20 years, and his roots run deep in Young Life.

His latest album is about that salvation experience, titled "No Turning Back."

"I wanted to capture the moment that I met the Lord — the rush of feeling and believing that my life was going to be different," Heath said.

He said he heard the gospel for the first time at Young Life's Malibu Club in Canada.

"Every night they share a little more of the Gospel, and by the end of the week, I told my Young Life leader that I thought that I wanted to have a more active and intimate relationship with Jesus. So that's where I made that decision."

The young Nashville native earned the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award in 2008 for Best New Artist and earned all kinds of other accolades, including two consecutive Doves for Male Vocalist (2009 and 2010), Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for "Give Me Your Eyes" (2009).

Heath has Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award and was BMI's Songwriter of the Year for 2014. Three albums have landed in the top 10, and he has four No. 1 singles.

About Young Life

Young Life is a Christian outreach ministry for high school and middle school kids. It's in 95 countries around the globe and has been in the Vail Valley for eight years with two high school clubs, one middle school club and plans for a second middle school club.

Young Life leaders work in the community. They love Jesus, as well as middle school and high school kids — pretty much in that order, Dodds said.

"They're entering into the lives of kids and do life with them, in hopes of being able to share the gospel message with them," Dodds said.

Young Life clubs meet weekly during the school year and pack kids off to camp on a regular basis. They have 22 resort properties around the country that host kids, and 75 local high school kids are going to camp in northern Arizona.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go …

What: Light Up the Night, Vail Valley Young Life’s fourth annual fundraiser

When: 5 p.m. July 12.

Where: Park Hyatt Resort, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $150 per person; table of eight for $1,000.

More information: Music by Brandon Heath and Friends, food by Executive Chef Christian Apetz of 8100 paired with wines from Bos Wine in Napa Valley.

Email YLinVail@gmail.com, or call Jen Baker at 970-445-0606 with questions. RSVP at http://www.lightupthenight.net.