The third annual SaddleUp! gallops back into town tomorrow, giving guests a chance to win a grand-prize culinary weekend experience in Vail hosted by Top Chef contestant Kelly Liken and her husband and business partner, Rick Colomitz, who own Restaurant Kelly Liken in the heart of Vail Village.
On Friday, August 2, Saddle Up! guests will arrive at Centennial Airport with their bags packed and ready to go; from 6 to 10 p.m., they'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres from local chefs, live entertainment and dancing. Then, the two couples who win the grand prize will be whisked by limo to the Sonnenalp in Vail, where they'll hobnob with Liken and Colomitz; Saturday will be a day of pampering, followed by dinner at Restaurant Kelly Liken and a night at the Red Lion bar with owner/musician Phil Long.
The party is a fundraiser benefiting the Saddle Up! Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering individuals with special needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies provided at a family-friendly ranch. Liken and Colomitz are supporters of the Saddle Up! Foundation, and, says Liken, "We wanted to be a part of this incredible program for these kids in any way we could."
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To purchase tickets, which range $125 to $175, visit www.saddleupfoundation.org or call 303-788-1666.