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Aspen Camp Celebrates 50 Years This Summer

Lukas Nelson to Headline Aspen Camp’s Deaf Camp Benefit on July 15, 2017

Snowmass, Colo., (July 10, 2017) – Aspen Camp of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing celebrates 50 years this summer with the annual Deaf Camp Benefit on Saturday, July 15, 2017, with a special performance by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Performance begin at 2:00 p.m. with local favorites Timbermill featuring Twirp Anderson. Twirp Anderson has been part of Aspen Camp from the very beginning, an instrumental part of the original Deaf Camp Picnics. Performances continue throughout the afternoon with appearances by Rich Ganson with special guests David Starr & Mack Bailey, and Starwood. In commemoration of Aspen Camp’s 50th Anniversary this summer, there will be a special 50th Anniversary Celebration with a performance by the campers at 6:00 p.m. before Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson, who channels a cosmic country soul sound, headlines the benefit at 7:00 p.m.

2017 Deaf Camp Benefit Schedule

1:00 p.m. Doors Open

2:00 p.m.  Timbermill

2:00 p.m. Silent Auction Opens

3:00 p.m.  Rich Ganson

4:30 p.m.  Starwood

6:00 p.m.  50th Anniversary special celebration with Campers

7:00 p.m.  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

The Deaf Camp Benefit, originally known as the Deaf Camp Picnic, was established in the 1960’s with the help of John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more, to support all that Aspen Camp does for Deaf children. The Deaf Camp Benefit is free, but donation are encouraged. All proceeds from this event go to Aspen Camp, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose focus is on honoring the Deaf Community through education, experiences, and networking.

About Aspen Camp

Aspen Camp was founded in 1967 by local resident Reed Harris, who had a Deaf son. In a determined effort to provide his child with experiences equivalent to his hearing peers, Harris established the camp exclusively for Deaf children so that they may enjoy the same companionship, opportunities, and adventures as hearing children while fostering personal growth and development. Aspen Camp uses Deaf* to represent all those who identify as Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, late deafened, and more.

For the past 50 years, Aspen Camp has shaped the lives of thousands of Deaf and hard of hearing children across the globe. The 17 ½ acre campus in Old Snowmass, Colorado serves as a natural playground and an experiential classroom amidst the stunning terrain of the Maroon Bells Wilderness. Beyond the scope of an unforgettable outdoor experience, Aspen Camp’s extensive curriculum encourages increased self-esteem, self-identity, leadership skills, and friendship. With attendance at an all-time high, Aspen Camp continues to provide access to innovative, life-changing programs with total inclusivity.

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About Snowmass, Colorado – A vibrant summer playground and renowned winter destination, Snowmass offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, nearly 30 restaurants, 95 percent on-slope lodging and great shopping, as well as exciting special events and music – all year-round. Summer in Snowmass features more than 80 miles of hiking and biking trails, a full lineup of weekly events, and much more. Consistently ranking as one of the best ski areas in the world, Snowmass boasts the second longest vertical drop in the United States, with 3,332 skiable acres. Located six miles from the Aspen Airport and with 300 days of sunshine per year, Snowmass is an ideal summer and winter destination. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit:

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