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Crested Butte Open Auction

The Crested Butte Open Gala is the Adaptive Sports Center’s signature event, complete with a live and silent auction. We are proud that many individuals and businesses choose to support the event by donating one-of-a-kind items. These items range from once in a life time trips to dinning experiences to art pieces and everything in between.

Live Auction

Hosted by auctioneer extraordinaire Gary Corbett, the live auction caps off the evening with bang! The items on auction are intended to excite the imagination. The lineup varies each year and typically includes items such as African Safaris, townie bikes, sports memorabilia and gourmet dining experiences. This year's CB Open Auction features the following items:

His & Her Townies

His and Hers Townies

Townies are quintessential Crested Butte. There is nothing quite like cruising down Elk and stopping into your favorite establishments on a summer afternoon. The Lux 3i Cruiser by Electra takes the classic cruiser design to the next level with modern refinements such as a lightweight aluminum frame, customized components, and of course Electra’s patented Flat Foot Technology. Included in this item are a Women’s Lux 3i Cruiser in white and a Men’s Lux 3i Cruiser in anthracite.

Value: $1,060

Donor: The Alpineer

Houston Astros Baseball 

Astros Baseball

About the players who signed the ball:

José Carlos Altuve

Altuve is the Houston Astros Second Baseman who was recognized as the 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year and the 2017 American League Most Valuable Player. He played a large role in the Astros 2017 World Series win, earning World Series Champion status and adding to his 5-time MLB all-star rating. 

Carlos Correa

Correa is the Houston Astros Shortstop and was recognized as the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year. He played on the 2017 World Series team where his effort helped to set the new record for the most total home runs in a World Series (25) and earned him all-star status in 2017. 

Alex Bregman 

Recognized as 2016 MLB Pipeline Hitter of the Year, Bregman was also recognized as the 2016 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.  As the third baseman, he started 2017 as the youngest member of Team USA which won the gold medal in the World Baseball Classic and ended the year as a member of the Astros World Series team. 

George Springer 

Outfielder George Springer is the 2017 Silver Slugger Award winner. He played a crucial role in the Astros 2017 World Series performance - hitting a total of five home runs which tied the record previously held by Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley and earned the 2017 World Series MVP along with all-star status.

Donated by: Meg & Michael Smith

Value: $1,000

Argentina Dove Hunt for Two

People preparing to hunt birds

As the “dove shooting capital of the world,” the Cordoba Province in Argentina provides a year-round population of doves that must be seen to be believed. David Denise Wingshooting operates the two finest lodges in the region, Pica Zuro and La Dormida.  Guests enjoy exceptional shooting terrain, expertly trained guides, fantastic culinary experiences complemented with fine Argentine wines, comfortable accommodations, state-of-the-art equipment and even an on-site masseuse.  There are many shooting opportunities in Argentina, but these lodges provide a level of service and a commitment to quality that is unmatched in South America.

This package is a 3-night/3-day shooting package for two guests at either Pica Zuro or La Dormida Lodge in Cordoba, Argentina, based on double occupancy, and includes meet and greet service at the Cordoba Airport; 3-nights double occupancy accommodations; all meals and beverages while at the lodge; guided dove hunting for 3-days.

Donated by: Frontiers International Travel

Value: $4,980

Expires 8/1/2019

Not included:  Airline transportation, ground transfers from airport to lodge and return, shells, gun rental, licenses and permits as required, staff tips, and any items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, gift purchases, spa treatments, etc.  

Terms and conditions:  Trip must be taken within one year of the event date and is subject to availability. Once the recipient selects a date and confirms his/her reservation, the normal cancellation and responsibility clauses will be in effect.  Please note that there is a $250 per person service fee paid by the recipient or by the organization.  

A Week’s Stay in a Luxurious Condo in Santa Fe

Sante Fe

This package includes a one-week stay (seven nights) in a two bedroom condominium in the Quail Run Community located approximately three miles from the square and two tickets to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The condominium includes two bathrooms, office, kitchen, living area, a large flat screen TV, and patio. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico is a magical, exuberant, colorful journey at any time of year. Its legendary history and culture will fascinate and inspire you. The art galleries and diverse visual arts span ancient traditional art to the most contemporary, making it one of the largest and most important art markets in the country. Settle into your accommodations, partake of the sumptuous 

world-renowned cuisine, treat yourself to the colorful markets, and experience why Santa Fe has been considered a legendary trading center for hundreds of years. 

A visit to the O’Keeffe Museum offers insight not only into the artist’s paintings, but also her creative process and the light and landscape that inspired her. One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” 

Value: $3,000 

Donor: Cathey & Don Humphreys

Valid for one year from date of purchase. 

Dates not available: August 17-21, 2018, Jan 20-26, 2019, April 22-27, 2019, July 21-27, 2019.

Bringing a pet must be discussed with Don Humphreys.

Inaugural Rooftop Dinner at the ASC Kelsey Wright Building

Kelsey Wright Building

Only 32 lucky people will have the opportunity to be a part of the first dinner ever at the Kelsey Wright Building – the new home of the Adaptive Sports Center. Join us next summer on June 25th to celebrate the opening of our new facility. It will be a night to remember as you dine under the stars on the rooftop of the new building. 

Join us for a winemaker dinner provided by Salvestrin Winery, Parker Pastures, and Tassinong Farms. To further enhance this event, we will have the return of one of Crested Butte’s long time non-pareil chefs, Jason Vernon. Chef Vernon was the prior owner and chef at Soupcon, Crested Butte’s fine dining establishment. Using his skills from the Culinary Institute, he established the true level of exquisite cuisine in the Valley. As Chef Vernon said, “it is quite the honor to be a part of this organization and their new home.”

Don’t miss this most special event – an evening of delicious dining, fine wine, entertainment and a celebration to the future of the Adaptive Sports Center!!

Value: Priceless 

Donor: Adaptive Sports Center, Salvestrin Winery, Jason Vernon, Parker Pastures, & Tassinong Farms

Event will be held on June 25, 2019. Limit is 32 people.

A Gun Collector’s Dream

Smith and Wesson Gun

Become the new owner of a Smith & Wesson .455 Hand Ejector Second Model, British Government Contract, caliber .455 Mark II revolver. 

This gun was researched and certified by Roy G. Jinks, historian for Smith & Wesson. The model was introduced at the request of the British Government in 1914 and only 74,755 units were produced. Over 100 years old, this gun was manufactured and shipped on August 12, 1915 and delivered to the Remington Arms- Union Metallic Cartridge Co., New York City, agents for the British Government. 

The gun has a 6.5-inch barrel, blue finish, butt swivel, and checkered walnut gold medallion grips.

Value: $2,000 

Donor: Eileen & James DuPre

Enjoy Six Days at an Exquisite Palm Springs Home

Palm Springs home

Located in the exclusive Andreas Hills neighborhood of South Palm Springs, this home is only a few miles from downtown Palm Springs nightlife, restaurants and shopping. Relish a 360 degree view of mountains surrounding this spectacular Santa Barbara contemporary style home.

Finished to the nines, it’s a very private home, built and designed for resort living. Located on ¾ of an acre, this compound is completely secluded. The home is a showplace with a gourmet outdoor kitchen and living space with a spectacular pool for your enjoyment. The main house is 4,370 square feet, plus a two story guest house that is presently equipped better than most gyms for your total workout. The interior has vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan, formal dining room and a master suite with great closet space and spa bath. The two guest suites each have their own spa/bath and private patio to enjoy the magnificent gardens surrounding the property. French doors and windows and remote opening skylights make the indoors and outdoors come together for true Palm Springs desert living and enjoyment.

Enjoy a five night stay for up to six people during the peak winter season in the desert. The weather is perfect for all of the pastimes Palm Springs enjoys best – spa pampering, pool lounging, golfing and hiking.

Value: $7,500

Donor: Bob Valentine & Steve Bolton

This item is offered January through March 2019 with some restrictions. Contact Steve Bolton for more details.

Stunning 5K Diamond Hoop Earrings

Earrings for auction

Donated by: Anonymous

Value: $2,700


Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! These beautiful diamond shrimp hoop earrings are covered in single-cut diamonds totaling 5.18 carats. The metal is a stunning 18K gold and silver and they  measure 1.8 cm long by 1.9 cm wide.

African Safari with Safari Adventures Worldwide

Photo of elephants in Africa

Donated by: Sissy LaVigne and Sydney Keith

Value: $20,000

Safari Adventures Worldwide will work with the lucky winners of this auction item to plan the trip of a lifetime safari in Africa. The owners of the company, Charles Williams and his daughterSarah Fernandes, strive to integrate your personal interests and desires with the iconic highlights of Africa such as the Okavango Delta of Botswana, the Ngorongoro Crater of Tanzania, Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda or the Maasai Mara of Kenya. Their intimate connections with operators allow them to create the best available, tailor-made safari for you and your family or friends.

• This auction item is $20,000 credit towards a Safari Adventures Worldwide trip in any of the countries in East or Southern Africa, or a combination of those countries. Your safari can be of any duration and include any number of travelers. The safari should be taken before the end of May 2020.

• Select from nine beautiful African countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the Seychelles.

• Activities available on your safari may include: game drives, walking safaris, horseback riding safaris, walking with elephants, cultural visits, fishing, and birding safaris. 

• Your accommodations can range from lavish and comfortable lodges with personal libraries, a pool, and tennis courts to elegant and stylish mobile and tented camps that bring the comforts of home right into nature with you.

View suggested trip itineraries here.

RodeoHouston Package!

Houston Rodeo

Two Mountain High Music Festival 2019 VIP Platinum Passes

Mountain High Music Festival Logo

The Mountain High Music Festival presented by BMI and Dean Dillon is a festival like no other, featuring world-class singer/songwriters and recording artists, along with music’s future hit-makers, in concert settings designed for intimate and profound performances, all nestled in the magical winter wonderland of Mt Crested Butte. Previous lineups include Toby Keith, Jamey Johnson, Kellie Pickler, Tracy Byrd, Sundance Head and others. 

Value: $5,000

Donor: Mountain High Music Festival

The two VIP Platinum Passes include: VIP early entry with seating at the first three tables, admission to all performances, bonus events on Wednesday & Saturday, as well as the VIP Reception & Guitar Pulls at the Elevation Hotel, slope side at Mt. Crested Butte Resort.

Food and beverage included. Dates: January 17-19, 2019

Donated by: Raemon & Robert Davis

Value: $3,000

Immerse yourself in the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world, just outside of Downtown Houston at Nrg Park. This item includes the use of a private suite at the rodeo for one day with up to 15 of your friends. The event showcases a multitude of activities including a carnival, livestock show, rodeo, and live musical acts which in past years have included such entertainers as George Strait, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Beyoncé and many more!

Five Night Stay for Two at Nihi Sumba Resort in Indonesia

A wonderful view of the beaches of Sumba Island from the comfort of one of the luxurious restaurants

Bid on the chance to spend five days swimming, surfing, and exploring the exclusive Nihi Sumba on the Indonesian island of Sumba at the CB Open Gala. Ranked as the world's #1 eco-hotel, this spectacular island resort features exquisite beachfront villas, world-class cuisine and boundless opportunities for adventure and relaxation.  

Donated by: Chris Burch & Nihi Sumba

Value: $6,700

Guided Fishing and a Gourmet Meal at Wilder on the Taylor

Lodge on river

Donated by: A Day at Wilder on the Taylor

Value: $3,000


What could be more fun than an afternoon of guided fly fishing for four at Wilder on the Taylor's exclusive stretch of the Taylor River, Colorado’s most productive river. Invite four additional guests to join you after fishing for a gourmet chef dinner for eight on the riverside. This item is valid for one year, depending on availability.  

Ladies Night with David Wooding at Soupçon

Soupcon Exterior

Invite 19 friends to join you for the event of the season as you drink and dine at Soupcon. Chef David Wooding will plan an evening of delectable delights. Enjoy three courses paired with wines by Wine Expert and Sommelier, Dan Downing – owner of Elevated WineSource. 

The restaurant will be yours for the evening to enjoy, mingle, visit and indulge. It’s a night to which all of your friends will be vying to be invited.

Value: $5,000 

Donor: Chef David Wooding & Dan Downing

Offer expires August 2019. The following dates are not available: June 28, 2019 through August 17, 2019 and December 19, 2018 through January 4, 2019. It is highly recommended that the event be planned three to six months in advance to ensure scheduling a mutually agreeable date.


Big Boards:

The “Big Boards” are the Crested Butte Open’s mini-live auction. Run by volunteer auctioneers on actual “big boards” i.e. repurposed classroom whiteboards, this auction is a fun way to get warmed up for the main event by bidding on some fun and unique items! See a detailed explanation on how the Big Board Auction works here. Here are this year's Big Board items:

Two Tandem Bikes for the ASC’s Program for Individuals with Visual Impairments

The Adaptive Sports Center has been working over the last several years to expand its programming to meet the needs of people with visual impairments. The next step on this journey is the purchase of two “El Gran Jefe” Ventana tandem mountain bikes. These bikes will allow the ASC to provide top-notch mountain bike lessons to those with visual impairments. Help us buy these bikes! At $200 a share, you will be changing a life!

Value: $9,000 / $200 per share

Gary P. Nunn Private Concert with Bob Livingston
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to see the legendary Gary P. Nunn along with Bob Livingston in concert at Terrie & Clark Swinney’s gorgeous home in Mt. Crested Butte. Eight lucky people will be treated to great company, music, food, and beverages on August 18, 2018. The event is limited to 50 people in total. Gary P. Nunn has been taking Texas country to the world for some 40 years now, establishing himself as an icon of Lone Star music. A founding father of the progressive country movement out of Austin in the 1970s that changed the face of popular music, Nunn is also an independent music pioneer who continues to oversee his own record label and song publishing companies, manage his own career (with the help of his wife, Ruth), and play most weekends at top music venues throughout Texas and beyond. His composition “London Homesick Blues” — with its internationally known “I wanna go home with the Armadillo” chorus — is a signature Texas country song that was the theme for the PBS concert TV show “Austin City Limits” for nearly three decades. It’s no wonder that All Music Guide hails him as “a Texas music institution.”

Value: $350 per ticket / Donor: Terrie & Clarke Swinney

Date of event: August 18, 2018. The event runs from 7:00pm to midnight, concert time 8:30pm, with a meet and greet, exclusive to the eight ticket holders, 20 minutes prior to the concert.

Maple & Motor Food Truck
Ranked within Texas Monthly’s Top 50 burgers in Texas and featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Maple and Motor doesn’t mess around with their specialty made - to - order burgers. This small burger joint in Dallas, Texas serves up over 600 fresh, high quality burgers and American fare a day with near 5 star reviews across the board. 

Value: $3,000 / Donor: Austen Wright, Maple & Motor

This item includes personal food truck catering by Maple and Motor for up to 100 people. Expires August 2019. Must be within 30 miles of the restaurant.

Float the Gunnison River with the Adaptive Sports Center and Dine at Garlic Mikes!
Enjoy a leisurely float on the Gunnison River with the expert staff of the ASC from Almont to Garlic Mike’s! This trip will include a great day on the water for up to 10 people with a delicious riverside meal at Garlic Mike’s afterwards, featuring the finest Italian cuisine this side of New Jersey on the beautiful Gunnison River in Gunnison Colorado. You and 9 others will be seated at a VIP chefs table for a 5 course, wine and cocktail paired dinner. Red-checked tablecloths, family friendly, outdoor dining and nicely decorated environs make for a warm ambiance that welcome you to an atmosphere where you will truly enjoy a unique dining experience.

Value: $2,200 / Donor: Adaptive Sports Center & Garlic Mike’s 

Based on availability and water levels. Expires July 1, 2019.

Two Mountain High Music Festival 2019 Bronze Passes 
The Mountain High Music Festival presented by BMI and Dean Dillon is a festival like no other, featuring world class singer/songwriters and recording artists, along with music’s future hit-makers, in concert settings designed for intimate and profound performances, all nestled in the magical winter wonderland of Mt Crested Butte. Previous line - ups include Toby Keith, Jamey Johnson, Kellie Pickler, Tracy Byrd, Sundance Head and many more! 

Value: $790 / Donor: Mountain High Music Festival

Dates: January 17-19, 2019. The two Bronze Passes include admission to all performances.

Reserve on the East River - Overnight Experience for Two Couples
This package includes a one-night luxury stay in the private guest house, a full-day of guided fly fishing on a private stretch of the East River and delicious food!  
On the first day, you will arrive in the afternoon and enjoy a welcome dinner. The next morning after breakfast, partake in a full-day guided fly fishing with lunch or take advantage of the access to the Reserve hiking trails. This experience can include an optional overview and tour of the Reserve.

Value: $2,000 / Donor: Reserve on the East River

Includes food for dinner and breakfast meal preparation in the Guest House, and catered lunch. A maximum of two fisherman in the river at one time. Available April 1, 2019 – October 15, 2019. Based upon availability.

A Custom Pair of Romp Skis
Romp Skis are custom designed to your specifications and desired type/style of skiing. The process begins with an interview with one of Romp’s ski designers. Romp’s website,, will show you examples of numerous styles and graphics to help get you started. You can even create your own custom graphics such as your name, pictures of family, and/or the Adaptive Sports Center logo.  Romp Skis are made right here in Crested Butte. Just add snow!

Value: $1,050 / Donor: Linda & Bob Colvey

Bindings not included.

2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
The 2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is pure fruit-bomb material, but stunningly pro-portioned, beautifully pure, with notes of melted chocolate, blackcurrant jam, sweet black cherries, licorice, camphor and charcoal. Very full-bodied, but much more lavishly fruited, it is more accessible and hedonistically, as well as intellectually, satisfying. This wine has received a 100 point rating from Robert Parker. Value: $567 / Donor: Barbara Silverman & John Kozyak
Must be 21 years of age or older to purchase Coal Creek Distillery Whiskey Wagon with Two Bartenders
That’s right! Coal Creek took the idea of a food truck and married it with a horse trailer, resulting in a party that comes to any event that you want, filled with all that Coal Creek Distillery has to offer! The Whiskey Wagon is perfect for weddings, graduations, parties, or for any day that ends in Y. Included in this item is private Coal Creek mobile bar service at your event.

Value: $1,500 / Donor: Coal Creek Distillery

Expires August 5, 2019. Only valid for use in the Gunnison Valley. While inspired by a food truck this item does not include food!

Sponsor an ASC Lesson!
For only $200 you can provide one life-changing adaptive sports lesson to a person with a disability who could otherwise not afford to participate. All of our activities are highly subsidized, and in addition to that we offer partial and full scholarships for those who cannot pay our fee. Last year alone we provided nearly $410,000 in scholarships, and we expect to match or exceed that number this year. Providing a lesson will not only get someone active and out in nature, but is proven to increase self-confidence and build skills that transfer into daily living. All funds raised will go into our scholarship fund.

Value: $200 per Sponsorship

River Front Dining with Chef Curtis Higgins
Enjoy an evening of dining at the home of Murrie and Nick Chirekos in Hidden River Ranch on August 14, 2019.  With their beautiful location on the East River, you will feast on an incredible meal prepared by Chef Curtis Higgins, owner of Elk Ave Prime.  The meal will be delectable and the views delightful.  Be a part of the fun! Value: $250 per seat / Donor: Murrie & Nick Chirekos & Curtis Higgins/Elk Ave Prime Event will be held on August 14, 2019. Limit is 22 people. Full Day Walk/Wade Guided Fishing on Ambush Ranch for Two
Ambush Ranch offers some of the best fishing in the Gunnison Valley. Craig McManus will guide you to the best spots in this fisherman’s paradise. Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

Value: $550 / Donor: Craig McManus

Must be used in 2018. Date must be mutually agreeable.

Four Days of Adventure in Washington D.C.
Don’t miss your chance to bid on an unforgettable experience in Washington D.C. including a multitude of outings and dining experiences in and around the Capitol. This item includes:

  • An AirBnB in DC for four nights    
  • A tour of two DC Firehouses
  • A tour of the US Capitol
  • Wine Tasting for two and bottle of wine at Bull Run Winery
  • $100 gift card for the Dubliner 
  • $100 gift card for the Old Ebbitt Grill
  • $100 gift card for Sixth Engine DC
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • An optional hike in Shenandoah National Park with transportation and lunch provided

Value: $1,500 / Donor: DC Firefighters Burn Foundation

Dates must be mutually agreed upon with AirBNB owner based upon availability.

Silent Auction:

When you arrive at the event, grab a cocktail, an appetizer and shop the multitude of top quality items. Place your bid on your phone or find a volunteer with a touch pad who will be happy to assist you in placing your bid or monitoring the bids you have already placed! Our Silent Auction list is below. Check back often, because we'll be adding items through the month of July! 

  • $100 Gift Certificate to Tric Salon
  • $200 Gift Certificate to the Sunflower
  • Cabot Cheese Gift Bag
  • Car Wash and Wax with Detail Dan
  • Earrings by Oblik Atelier
  • Five class passes to Yoga for the Peaceful
  • Full Detail service from Detail Dan
  • Half Gallon of Vermont Sticky Maple Syrup
  • Handcrafted Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Handmade Essential Wallet in Floral
  • Handmade Scarfs
  • It’s a Berlund Photograph
  • One Private Personal Training with Joyce Rossiter at The Gym
  • Plein Air with Annie Starr for 8 people
  • Thin Air Reflection Photograph
  • Two $25 Izzy’s gift cards
  • Two Crested Butte Film Festival Passes w/ Yeti Mugs
  • Two 60 minute signature massages at Escape Bodywork Boutique
  • One hour garden & lawn consultation and two hours of yard work and maintenance from Daniela Runge
  • Round of Golf with Mike Swan
  • Unopened Bag of Westward Journey Series Nickels


Mardi Gras Dinner for 12 by Chef Michael Marchitelli 
It doesn’t have to be Fat Tuesday to enjoy a fantastic Mardi Gras celebration. Eleven lucky people will join you to enjoy a New Orleans style dinner prepared by Chef Michael Marchitelli. The event will occur at your home and include appetizers and a three course dinner. The evening will be paired with champagne and white wine provided by Aaron Tomcak, owner of Mountain Spirits and red wine provided by Relic Winery. Or maybe a Hurricane might make land at your event. It will indeed be an evening to remember