Sentient Jet to Raise Awareness for Autism as Presenting Sponsor of 5th Annual Light It up Blue Aspen

Braintree, MA - January 11, 2016 - Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company, is pleased to announce that it has been named the presenting sponsor of Light It Up Blue Aspen (LIUB Aspen), taking place February 13, 2016 at the historic Hotel Jerome, for the third consecutive year. LIUB Aspen benefits Ascendigo Autism Services and is presented in affiliation with leading autism science and advocacy organization Autism Speaks. It seeks to raise both awareness and much-needed funds to assist families and children on the autism spectrum in western Colorado communities.

Bringing together the Aspen community and special guest, renowned alpine skier and Olympic Gold Medalist, Bode Miller, the President’s Day Weekend gala offers a lively evening of fundraising, culinary delights, handcrafted cocktails, fine wine, music and dancing, and live and silent auctions. The evening's all-star entertainment features a classic rock show from the world’s best rock n'roll artists, including Lynryrd Skynrd’s keyboards player Peter Keys, Fuel’s lead guitarist Andy Andersson, and Blind Melon’s singer Travis Warren. Additional special guests include Dr. Jennifer Berman and Dr. Andrew Ordon, co-hosts of the Emmy® award winning CBS show, The Doctors. Guests will be able to bid on fabulous items, wine pull, and one-of-a-kind live auction experiences. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Roaring Fork Valley-based Ascendigo, which serves local, regional and national populations of youth and adults across the autism spectrum through experiential, community-based learning opportunities.

"We are honored to support Light It Up Blue Aspen to raise awareness and increase donations for such an important cause," said Andrew Collins, president and CEO of Sentient Jet. "Sentient Jet has long been a part of the Aspen community and we feel privileged to have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of those affected by autism through this incredible event."

As a leading provider of private jet travel to Aspen and a long-time partner of Aspen Snowmass, Sentient Jet will also be supporting autism awareness and fundraising efforts, in addition to their sponsorship commitment, through:

  • Sponsoring a ski morning with Bode Miller for LIUB Aspen’s live auction, which features a morning of skiing at Aspen Mountain for the lucky winner and up to 7 guests, followed by lunch at The Little Nell with Bode
  • Sponsoring a wine pull at the event to raffle wines from Aspen’s finest wine shops

"About one in every 45 children is diagnosed with Autism and the condition is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the world," said Sallie Bernard, founder of Ascendigo (http://ascendigo.org/). "Light It Up Blue Aspen will raise a great deal of funds for Autism thanks to dedicated supporters like Sentient Jet. We look forward to another successful event that will have a positive impact on the families in our community and the thousands on the autism spectrum who benefit from our innovative programs."

Sentient Jet offers its 25-Hour Jet Card in four jet size options, allowing clients to purchase flight time on Light, Mid, Super-Mid and Heavy aircraft as well as in two age classes (Preferred and Select), starting at just $124,825. Sentient Jet Cardholders receive a rare combination of industry leading service at a tremendous value, complete with a one-year lock on both hourly rates and fuel surcharges, with the added bonus of 15% discounts on hourly pricing for qualifying travel.

About Sentient Jet

Founded in 1999 and now an integral part of Directional Aviation, Sentient Jet is one of the leading private aviation companies in the country. The Sentient Jet Card Program offers clients the flexibility and convenience of flying private for their personal and business air travel needs with industry-leading value. Sentient Jet is known for outstanding service and a commitment to safety programs, including the industry’s first and only Independent Safety Advisory Board. Sentient Jet’s extensive network of certified operators ensures that clients will always have access to executive aircraft that meet their rigorous standards for safety and quality. Visit sentient.com for more information. You can also follow Sentient Jet on social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.

About Light It Up Blue Aspen

Taking place at the historic Hotel Jerome on Saturday, February 13, 2016, Light It Up Blue Aspen is Ascendigo’s signature fundraising event presented in affiliation with Autism Speaks. The mission of Light It Up Blue Aspen is to raise both awareness and much-needed funds to assist families and children on the autism spectrum in the Roaring Fork Valley and western Colorado communities. All proceeds from Light It Up Blue Aspen directly benefit these programs through its beneficiary, Ascendigo. Hosted at the height of Aspen’s winter season over Presidents’ Day Weekend, Light It Up Blue Aspen is a lively reception-style evening of fundraising, curated food and beverage stations, live & silent auctions, music and dancing. To purchase tickets and for more information visit lightitupblueaspen.org or call 970-927-3143.

About Ascendigo

Ascendigo, based in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, serves local, regional and national populations of youth and adults across the autism spectrum to enhance their health, life abilities, personal growth and social engagement. Ascendigo programming provides individually tailored camps, school age behavioral support services and adult enrichment – including vocational development and community integration. Our approach is based on positive direction and reinforcement to stretch our clients to reach greater independence, social skills and a more positive sense of self. A key component of our programing is learning and behavioral enhancement through outdoor sports. We leverage best practices in experiential/ naturalistic learning approaches, kinesthetic challenges, supported group engagement and community based as well as clinically based applied behavioral analysis. One of the unique features of our programming is that we accept all medically stable individuals, anywhere on the spectrum – from those that are non-verbal with difficult behaviors to those that are high functioning and verbal. Currently served are people from age 7 into the 20s.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the umbrella organization of the Light it Up Blue campaign, the goal of which is to shine the light of awareness on autism in every community. The Light it Up Blue campaign has spread to include over 1800 participating locations in 180 cities and 35 countries. Light It Up Blue Aspen is proud to be affiliated with this global effort that includes such esteemed landmarks as the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House, and Niagara Falls.

Light It Up Blue Aspen, an evening benefiting Ascendigo, is generously sponsored by Sentient Jet, The Olitsky Family Foundation, Aspen Magazine, The Aspen Times, First Republic Bank, Woody Creek Distillers, Seabourn, Team Oracle USA, Jill & John Sheldon and Autism Society, Children’s Hospital Colorado, JFK Partners, Hotel Jerome, JaM Cellars, Aspen 82, Bomber Skis, Aspen Eventworks, Valley Commercial Fueling, Sotheby’s, Nina McLemore, Bud Light, Halcyon Productions and Aspen Branch. Visit www.lightitupblueaspen.org for more information.

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