TASP: The Blue Party, A Celebration & Fundraiser, 3/8!

TASP: The Blue Party, A Celebration & Fundraiser, 3/8!

On Friday, March 8, 2019, the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program hosts its 23rd annual spring fundraiser: The Blue Party. The event takes place at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village, 6-10 p.m. The ticket price of $65 ($70 at the door) includes a glass of award-winning Emeritus Pinot Noir and a selection of hearty hors d’oeuvres from some of Telluride’s top restaurants. Shake your tail-feathers to the sounds of the ever-popular Anders Brothers. A silent auction features many one-of-a-kind items and get-away vacations.

For more information or to get involved please contact TASP at 970-728-5010 or go to www.tellurideadaptivesports.org. To purchase tickets to The Blue Party, go here.

Scroll down to see the many faces of TASP, including at last year’s Blue Party, and be inspired.

What do you picture when you hear the word “blue”?

If you think “music,” you might see a lonely vagabond dragging his feet down a dusty old road in the Mississippi Delta or someone shouting over the din in a Chicago Bar. You would be picturing the genre of raw, earthy roots music generically known as “the blues.”

Pop culture often rhymes “blue” with feeling down.

In contrast, painter-spiritualist Wassily Kandinsky, claimed “blue” is “the typical heavenly color” that creates a feeling of rest – quite the opposite of the sound.

If you think “movie,” you might remember the daring “Blue Is The Warmest Color,” which premiered a few years ago at the Telluride Film Festival.

The movie was pure porn.

The Telluride Adaptive Sports Program’s “Blue Party” on the other hand is pure pleasure.

For one night at least, blue is all about feeling up and good again.

Transforming blue moods into blue skies for hundreds of individuals facing physical and mental challenges is the special alchemy and the business of the talented, compassionate instructors in the blue jackets at TASP, a nonprofit dedicated to providing recreational activities to develop life skills and encourage growth for people of all ages with disabilities.

This year, TASP once again celebrates two+ decades of success at an all-out bash on Friday, March 8, 6 –10 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. So break out your best blue party outfit and join in the fun. Funds raised at this annual event provide quality adaptive winter and summer programs for low-income participants, many of whom live in the Telluride region. Last year, the monies raised provided more than 3,000 lessons to over 500 students with disabilities.

The ticket price of $65 ($70 at the door) includes a glass of award-winning Emeritus Pinot Noir and a selection of hearty hors d’oeuvres from Telluride’s top restaurants including: Allred’s, The Village Table, Black Iron Kitchen + Bar, Rustico & La Piazza, Wine Geek Food Freak, Siam’s Talay Grille, There Bar, Wood Ear Whiskey Lounge & Noodle Bar, The Butcher & The Baker, Telluride Truffle and more.

It is a night filled with dancing to the shoe-shaking sounds of Anders Brothers Band.

The silent auction features many one-of-a-kind items including artwork from Reflectionist Artist JD Miller; private catered dinners; festival tickets; Bluegrass music lessons with Ken Breard; jazz piano played by Kenny Goldman; and much more. The auction also includes fabulous getaway vacations to New York City and an Aspen Package with lodging at The Little Nell, dining at Hotel Jerome, and tickets to see Wynonna Judd with a special meet-and-greet.

Picturing TASP and its Blue Party:

TASP, on the job:



Image, Abie Livesay Photography.


Some of the TASP Team.


TASP instructors with clients


Clint Viebrock, who has worked with TASP for 20 years, pictured with Matt Hayes and Thalia Pryor at TASP.


Outside TASP office, ready to go.


Skis outside TASP.


TASP, at play at The Blue Party:






TASP, more:

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) is non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing therapeutic recreational opportunities that develop life skills and encourage personal growth.

TASP works with local and regional school kids, as well as groups from the reservations south of us. The non-profit hosts groups of veterans, many of whom have a variety of difficulties such as PTSD, amputations, or traumatic brain injuries. It serves families who come to Telluride to ski with a disabled family member. For many of its regional clients, subsidizing their lessons is necessary. Your support goes a long way in these efforts and is greatly appreciated.

Summer activities at TASP include hiking, biking, rock climbing, and river-rafting.

1 Comment
  • Janie Goldberg
    Posted at 08:25h, 26 February

    With out doubt, not only the BEST party of the year, but TASP is the most amazing program. What could be more fun than helping those living with disabilities achieve the quality of life they need and deserve! See you on March 8! Let’s rock for TASP!!!