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CAIC Benefit Bash in Breckenridge raises money for avalanche safety

Melanie Wong
mwong@vaildaily.com
Aaron Carlson, executive director of Friends of the CAIC, throws bags of Vail Mountain Coffee into the crowd at last year's CAIC Benefit Bash in Breckenridge.
Meredith Metz | Daily file photo |

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What: Eighth-annual Colorado Avalanche Information Center Benefit Bash.

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

Cost: $40.

More information: Includes catered dinner and live music. Get tickets at www.friendsofcaic.org.

BRECKENRIDGE — Backcountry lovers, unite!

That’s the general sentiment behind the annual Colorado Avalanche Information Center Benefit Bash, set for Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. The event is CAIC’s largest fundraiser of the year, expected to raise about $100,000 for the group’s programs.

About 1,200 people are expected to attend this year’s event, said Aaron Carlson, executive director of Friends of CAIC, the organization’s fundraising arm.

“It’s been touted as the ‘locals’ party’ in Breckenridge, and people come from as far as Steamboat or Durango to attend. It’s a great event because the backcountry community really comes together,” he said.

For $40 a ticket, attendees will get a catered dinner and dance to live music from Steamboat Springs-based jam grass band Missed the Boat. There will be product giveaways, a huge silent auction and, of course, chances to learn more about CAIC’s work. Tickets tend to sell out in the couple days before the event, so Carlson recommends getting tickets in advance at http://www.friendsofcaic.org.

PROVIDING INFORMATION

CAIC is an organization partly supported by the state and the Colorado Department of Transportation but also relies hugely on private donations. They provide avalanche information, education and research, as well as highway forecasts. This year, attendees can see their donations at work with the relaunch of Know Before You Go, an educational program that aims to teach everyone from youth to adults the basics of backcountry safety. In addition, the CAIC mobile app will be updated in the coming weeks, and the organization was able to hire an additional seasonal forecaster to cover the Steamboat Springs area.

Assistant Editor Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2927 and at mwong@vaildaily.com.