Buddies bash

Mummies? In Aspen? This Friday, that’s exactly what’s happening.

The 20th annual Bash for the Buddies is Friday evening. This year’s theme is “Night at the Nile” and the goal of the bash to raise money for the Buddy Program.

The Buddy Program has been serving the Roaring Fork Community for over 40 years and it runs four programs, including one-on-one and group mentoring. The goal of the program is to support all members of the community through mentorship and other programs catered to helping out the valley’s youth, or “Little Buddies.”

This year’s Bash will take place at the Merry-Go Ranch and is hosted by Lenny “Boogie” and Gail Weinglass. The bash will be honoring Mona Look-Mazza and Tony Mazza for “their many years of exemplary service and generosity to the Buddy Program,” according to the event website. The event is annually attended by more than 500 patrons and typically raises $700,000 or more, in the one night, which is nearly two-thirds of the Buddy Program’s annual operating budget.

The night kicks off with “Taste of Aspen,” featuring many top local chefs and mixologists. Taste of Aspen also includes a silent auction and a seated dinner with a live auction.

Following the auctions and dinner, funk rock group Here Come the Mummies will be performing a live show for the crowd. The group is allegedly made up of 5,000-year-old Egyptian Mummies, but you’ll have to go see them to verify.

Tickets are available online, and range from $500 to $2,500 for individuals and from $10,000 to $50,000 for tables. There is a $175 ticket option for young professionals, but tickets may be limited. For more information about the event and the buddy program, head to buddyprogram.org/events/bash-buddies

Chapman is the web editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at chapman@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @Nescwick.