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TASP: 24th Annual Blue Party, 3/6/2020!

TASP’s Blue Party, one of the organization’s main annual fun-raisers, is booked into the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village on Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 in advance at Telluride Adaptive Sports; $70 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Adaptive Program’s scholarship fund for low-income participants with disabilities. For more information or to get involved please contact TASP at 970-728-5010 or go to www.tellurideadaptivesports.org.

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 upbeat and great.

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. The goal is to promote independence and personal growth. Participants in the program range in age from four to 94 and can have physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges.

The ticket price includes a glass of award-winning Emeritus Pinot Noir and a selection of hearty hors d’oeuvres from The National, La Marmotte, The Village Table, Altezza at the Peaks, Rustico & La Piazza, Wine Geek Food Freak, Siam, Telluride Truffle, Esperanza’s, Black Iron Kitchen + Bar, Wood Ear Whiskey Lounge & Noodle Bar and more. The night also includess dancing to the fabulous Anders Brothers Band. And a silent auction features many one-of-a-kind items and fabulous getaway vacations.

So, break out your best blue party threads 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.

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 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. Community support goes a long way in these efforts and is greatly appreciated.

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

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