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Dear Adaptive Supporters,

We hope this finds you safe and healthy. Much like the rest of the country, the COVID19 situation in the Gunnison Valley continues to evolve on a daily basis. Earlier this season, the county discussed possible guidelines concerning attendance limits for events this summer.  The guidelines suggest that the largest event size in August could be 50 people. In light of these uncertainties, we have decided to hold a virtual gala for the 25th Annual Crested Butte Open. Unfortunately, we have to cancel the golf tournament portion of the event entirely.

While we are heartbroken that we cannot gather together in the Lacy Arena and on the greens, we are hard at work to ensure that our virtual event will be entertaining and successful in continuing to support the mission of the Adaptive Sports Center. The event committee has come up with some really creative ideas that we will start unveiling soon. We hope that you will check out our auction items and join us for the virtual event. Please know that you, our supporters, are needed and appreciated. As the country begins to reopen and we adjust to a new way of life, our outdoor programs for people with disabilities and their families will be more important than ever before. Like many in the country, our participants have experienced isolation and limited access to nature and physical activity during this time. Our programs will help our participants experience the healing power of nature, gain confidence in themselves and explore the outdoor world around them. When we are permitted to get back to providing our programs, we will be ready with your support.

We are still working out the details for this year's event, so expect to hear from us again soon. In the meantime, please mark your calendar for the online auction to begin on July 29, culminating with a virtual gala on the evening of Sunday, August 2nd. 

Please plan to join us for the 25th Annual Crested Butte Open, and our first-ever virtual event! 



Virtual Auction Starts: Wednesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. MDT

Click here to go directly to the Crested Butte Open Virtual auction website to place your bids. 

Virtual Gala Pre-Event Kickoff: Sunday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. MDT

The CBO livestream Sunday, August 2nd will start at 6:30 p.m. MDT. We will start the night off by providing details about the CBO Virtual Gala and how you can help support the ASC. We’ll also have staff on-hand via telephone to assist you with any technical questions.

Crested Butte Open Virtual Gala: Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. MDT

7:40 p.m. MDT: Silent Auction Closes/Live Auction Begins

Please be aware that the closing time for bidding on an item is based upon its group (Group #1, 2, or 3). 

Below are the groupings for our live auction which will close during the Virtual Gala. Please keep in mind that the closing times are approximate. Make sure your phone is ready to bid on your favorite items! 

Group One (closes at approximately 7:55 p.m. MDT) - 

  • A Pair of Electra Townies (Donated by The Alpineer) 
  • Seven Nights in Cabo San Lucas at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa (Donated by Eileen & James DuPre) 
  • Punt Like a Pro Kids Clinic with New Orleans Saints Punter and Part-Time Crested Butte Resident Thomas Morstead (Donated by Thomas Morstead) 
  • Explore Santa Fe, NM with a four-night stay in a two bedroom, two bathroom condominium in the Quail Run community (Donated by Cathey and Don Humphreys) 
  • A Pair of Black Glock 43X Pistols With Each Featuring an Engraved Adaptive Sports Center Logo (Donated by Cassandra and Austen Wright) 

Group Two (closes at approximately 8:08 p.m. MDT) - 

  • A Once-In-A-Lifetime Journey with GeoEx with a Vacation Voucher Valued at $20,000 (Donated by GeoEx) 
  • A Fly-Fisherman's Dream: Rolf Baginski International Model Bamboo Fly Rod and Stenzel Regent 1 Fly Reel (Donated by Pamela Leverick, in loving memory of her late husband, Ric Leverick) 
  • Private Suite for the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 15 Friends and You (Donated by Raemon and Robert Davis) 
  • A Pair of Diamond Hoop Earrings from Bachendorf's (Donated by Bachendorf's) 
  • Fishing for Four Anglers on the Private Waters at Wilder on the Taylor Plus Dinner for Eight (Donated by Wilder with Special Thanks to Brad Willet) 

Group Three (closes at approximately 8:18 p.m. MDT) - 

  • Five Night All-Inclusive Trip for Two to the Anvik River Lodge, Alaska's Most Remote Full-Service Fishing Lodge (Donated by Cheryl & Cliff Hickson) 
  • LSU Football Helmet Autographed by Joe Burrow and Ed Orgeron (Donated by Lorraine Meyers, Dr. Bill Meyers and Meg & Michael Smith) 
  • Surf, Sun and Nihi Sumba - A Seven-Night Stay for Two in a One-Bedroom Villa (Donated by Chris Burch and James McBride) 
  • Three-Day Hunting Trip at Las Raices Ranch (Donated by Marko Barrett and Las Raices Ranch) 
  • Wine, Whiskey, and a Delectable Dinner for 10 with The Divvy (Donated by The Divvy and Owner/Executive Chef David Wilkins)

Immediately following the live auction will be the special appeal!

If you sponsored a Crested Butte Open Virtual Gala Watch Party:

Please be on the lookout for an email which will provide you with all the Zoom connection instructions. These instructions will be sent to the email address that we have on file. 

If you are viewing the Crested Butte Open Virtual Gala and aren't part of a Watch party:

On the night of the event, with our kick-off event starting at 6:30 p.m. MDT, visit and the gala can be viewed from the website's home page. The live Virtual Gala will begin at 7:30 p.m. MDT.


How to connect a PC laptop to a TV with an HDMI cable

This is the simplest and easiest way to connect your laptop to a TV. All you need to get the job done is an HDMI cable, which can be found at stores that sell electronic supplies. An HDMI cable can handle both audio and high-resolution video, so it’s great for streaming. Here is what the end of an HDMI cable looks like:

HDMI Cable

To make this work, both your laptop and TV have to have an HDMI port. If they aren’t super old (or super new for that matter), there’s a good chance both have it on board. Turn on both devices and connect them using an HDMI cable. Then just select the correct HDMI input on your TV with the help of the remote control and you’re good to go.

Keep in mind that some laptops have a micro HDMI or a mini HDMI port, so you’ll need a different sized HDMI cable.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Connect the laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable.
  2. Turn on both devices.
  3. Select the correct HDMI input on the TV with the remote.

The connection between the two devices should be established automatically. But in case it doesn’t, go to Settings > System > Display and make sure “TV” is selected. You can also adjust the resolution to match the one of your television. One that’s done, press the Windows key and the P key and then select the “Duplicate” option.


How to connect a PC laptop to a TV with a VGA cable

VGA Cable

If you have an older laptop and TV, you’ll likely find a VGA port on both of them. 

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Connect the laptop to the TV with a VGA cable.
  2. Connect the two devices with a 3.5mm audio cable.
  3. Turn on both devices.
  4. Select the PC or RGB input on the TV with the remote.

The connection between the two devices should be established automatically. But in case it doesn’t, go to Settings > System > Display and make sure “TV” is selected. You can also adjust the resolution to match the one of your TV. One that’s done, press the Windows key and P key and then select the “Duplicate” option.

How to connect a MacBook to a TV with an HDMI cable

Mac computers that have any of the following ports can connect to HDMI devices. Learn how to identify the ports on your Mac.

If your Mac doesn't recognize your HDTV, display, or other HDMI device after making the connection:

  1. Turn off the HDMI device while your Mac is turned on. 
  2. Unplug the HDMI cable from your Mac, then plug it in again.
  3. Turn on the HDMI device.

If the video on your HDTV or display extends beyond the borders of the screen, open Displays preferences and adjust the Underscan slider for a better fit. Use any of these methods to open Displays preferences:

  • Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Displays.
  • Press Shift-Command-A to open the Applications folder. Then double-click System Preferences, then click Displays.
  • If your keyboard has brightness controls, press Option–Brightness Up or Option–Brightness Down.


If your HDMI device isn't receiving audio from your Mac:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Sound. In the Output pane, make sure that your HDMI device is selected.
  • If you're connecting using a Mini DisplayPort adapter, make sure that your Mac can send audio over Mini DisplayPort.
  • If you're connecting from a Mac mini, unplug any audio device that is plugged into your computer's Audio-Out port.


If your Mac goes to sleep while a video is playing or paused, you might see an HDCP error. Quit the app that is playing the video, then open the app again. If the issue continues, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Energy Saver and adjust the settings so that your display doesn't turn off.

How to connect a MacBook to a TV via AirPlay

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. 
  2. On your Mac, open the app or website that you want to stream video from.
  3. In the video playback controls, click .
  4. Select your Apple TV or smart TV. 

To stop streaming video, click  in the video playback controls, then choose Turn Off AirPlay.

How to connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPodTouch to a TV via AirPlay

  • Connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  • Find the video that you want to AirPlay.
  • Tap . In some third-party apps, you might need to tap a different icon first.* In the Photos app, tap , then tap .
  • Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. 


For technical support questions leading up to and during the event, please call (970) 349-2296.



Registering for the Crested Butte Open Virtual Auction is easy to do, and you can register from now until the Virtual Gala on Sunday, August 2nd. Here is how you can register for this year's event:

  1. Visit the Crested Butte Open Virtual Auction website
  2. Click "Login", which is located at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. You will then be asked to enter your bidding number. Since you don't have a bidding number yet, click "Register Here" just below that.
  4. A reminder will pop-up letting you know that a credit card is required. At that point, click "Continue".
  5. Enter your name, contact information, and credit card on the next screen.
  6. Once all of this information is entered, you will need to opt-in for text notifications. Please keep in mind that this is important because it is the only communication source during the online bidding process.
  7. Once this is done, you will receive your bidder number and be ready to start bidding on July 29th. Good luck!

To see an updated list of auction items, please follow this link.

Download Auction Item Booklet Here


All auction items are offered on an “as is” basis. All descriptions are for the sole purpose of identifying items. No statement regarding any item in the program or made orally will be deemed a warranty, representation or assumption of liability.


When you go to bid on your most wanted items be sure to set your maximum bid and let the auction system do your bidding for you. Once a maximum bid is set, the system will automatically bid for you in the stated bid increments until your maximum bid is reached. If your maximum bid has been outbid, you will receive notification through the system and have the chance to increase your bid.


Items may not be exchanged or money refunded once a purchase has occurred. Auction items are not redeemable for cash. Please read carefully all specifications, limitations, blackout dates, expirations, availability criteria, or things (such as airfare, taxes and gratuities) that may not be included.


The state of Colorado requires non-profit organizations to collect sales tax on auction proceeds. As a result, the Adaptive Sports Center will charge 9.9% sales tax on all auction items purchased at this event except trips, gift certificates and services, which are tax-exempt by law.


Self-checkout will be available after the virtual gala on August 2nd at approximately 8:30 PM MDT. Please consider paying for your purchases with a check or selecting the option to cover the credit card fees. We happily accept all major credit cards. If you would like to switch your method of payment from the card you preregistered with, let Emily Girdwood ( or 970-349-2296 x104) know by Monday, August 3 at 5:00 PM MDT.


Items will be available for pick up at the Kelsey Wright Building (19 Emmons Road) August 3rd & 4th from 9:00am to 4:00pm MDT. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Emily Girdwood at or 970-349-2296 x104. Winning bidders are responsible for shipping costs. Please note not all items can be shipped.

For any technical support questions leading up to and during the event, please call 970-349-2296.

Download Sponsorship Form Here

Download Sponsorship Registration Form Here

Presented by

Katy & Kyle Miller Family Foundation

Carolyn & David Miller

Meredith & Kyle Bebee

Gala Sponsors





Whetstone Mountain Foundation

Auction Sponsors


Mary & Mark Barrett

Pat & W Dan Wright

Band Sponsor

Cathey & Don Humphreys



Pre-Event Kickoff Sponsor


Bob Valentine & Steve Bolton


Doris & James Brogan

DLA Piper

Linda Fialkoff

W.M. Keck Foundation



Shelly Perlmutter

Lila & Robert Sessums

Watch Party Sponsors 

Anonymous (2)


Comm Banks

Annie & Bo Davis

Aimee & Mitch Dryer

Eileen & James DuPre

Raemon & Robert Davis



Maureen & Keith Gamble

Joanne & John Hare

Katherine & David Hensley

Gloria & Ren Kern

Kathryn & Luke Kissam

The Kowalik Family







Melissa Foley & Lloyd Raforth


Dawn & Dick Smith

Meg & Michael Smith


Team Hazard-us

Becky & Joe Williams

Welcome Sponsors

Michael Appelbaum

The Appelbaum Bliss Group at Merrill Lynch

Murrie & Nicholas Chirekos

Adonia & Kevin Cokinos

Eileen & Bart Dalton

Sandy & Roger Dorf

Kai Kai & Charlie Josephs



Select Properties, Ltd. In Honor Of Don “Big Daddy” Moffatt

Sue & Jim Oates

In-Kind Sponsors

We welcome in-kind sponsorships, as is the industry standard the sponsorship level is calculated at half the retail value of the in-kind donation. Additionally, for this event, in-kind sponsors will receive the same recognition as monetary sponsors but will not receive the attendance benefits.

For this year’s virtual event, we are still looking for some assistance from our amazing volunteers. Our volunteers are vital to the success of the Crested Butte Open.

Although we will not need as many volunteers this year, we want you to know we have not forgotten about all of the help you have given us over the years and we hope that you will remain interested in volunteering with us in the future. We are optimistic that we can return to the live gala and golf tournament for 2021 and we will be reaching out once again for your support.

Tasks we could use help with this year include:

  • Helping spread the word about the event. Reach out to us for info.
  • Tech support during the virtually streamed live event on Sunday August 2nd.
  • Delivering food to watch parties for the Sunday August 2nd live event.
  • Helping to pack, ship, and deliver purchased auction items in the days after the event.

Please contact Lee Berglund at of you would like to become involved.

For technical support having to do with the auction bidding:

Derek Christy – Technical Assistance - – 719-221-9968

David Bolding – AES Event Manager – – 303-319-9621


For technical support having to do with viewing the Virtual Gala:

Please contact the Adaptive Sports Center at (970) 349-2296. Technical support will be available the Monday-Friday leading up to the event between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. MDT. Technical support will be available throughout the day on both Saturday 8/1 and Sunday 8/2 leading up to and during the event.