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Rachel Vermeal, Marketing Manager
Colorado Mountain Club, Golden, Colorado | 303.996.2746


Lawn Party Raises Money for
Youth Outdoor Education


Backyard Benefit for the Colorado Mountain Club Youth Education Program


GOLDEN, COLO. –  Enjoy an evening of food, beverages, lawn games, live bluegrass music, a silent auction and more Friday, June 27 at the Colorado Mountain Club’s second annual Backyard Benefit.


Summer is almost here, and there’s no better way to welcome it in than a good old-fashioned backyard lawn party. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street in Golden. Proceeds from the event will benefit the CMC’s Youth Education Program.

YEP brings the mountains to students through activities and field trips that teach mountain weather, avalanche science, the physics of rock climbing, altitude physiology, conservation and a variety of other topics, in addition to youth development. The program has provided leadership and academic opportunities for more than 70,000 Colorado youth since its inception in 1999.

The Backyard Benefit will feature music by the WMD Bluegrass Band of Black Forest, Colo. The “Wielands of Mass Destruction” Bluegrass Band is a family quintet known for hard-driving bluegrass spiced with gospel and swing favorites.

Sponsors of the event include Kaiser Permanente, Clif Bar, Eddie Bauer, Odell Brewing Company, Lowa, Gibbon Slacklines, Adventure Medical Kits, Runa Tea, Trango, Backpacker’s Pantry, Mountainsmith, Summit Terragraphics, Five Ten, PepPod, Osprey, Planet Bluegrass and Leki.

Admission is $25, and kids ages 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets or for more information about supporting YEP, please visit or call 303.996.2746.


About the Colorado Mountain Club (

The Colorado Mountain Club is the state’s leading organization dedicated to adventure, recreation, conservation and education. Founded in 1912, the CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events and schools centered on outdoor recreation. The Club comprises 14 regional groups across the state to serve the local needs of its members and partners. To ensure the continued enjoyment of Colorado’s pristine places, the CMC also leads efforts to protect wild and public lands with its conservation and stewardship programs. The Club publishes a quarterly magazine, "Trail & Timberline," and operates a press with more than 20 current titles. No other organization in the Intermountain West employs such a strong or broad approach to connecting people with the Rocky Mountain landscape.