Summit County residents rally to organize event celebrating Blake Bostic’s life
If you go
Who: Friends and family of Blake Bostic
What: The inaugural Boom Bostic Poker and Disc Golf Showdown
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, to 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28
Where: Multiple Frisco locations, including the Peak One Disc Golf Course, Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe and The Barkley Ballroom
The event includes live music, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are available at www.BlakeBostic.EventBrite.com. All proceeds benefit a culinary scholarship in Blake Bostic’s name at Colorado Mountain College.
Summit County has a reputation for attracting a certain breed of people, and once you find yourself in the shadows of 14,000-foot peaks, it usually doesn’t take long to settle in with a group of like-minded souls.
About 10 years ago, Meredith Long packed up her car and made the 1,400-mile journey west from her native Cleveland to Frisco. Like so many others, Long quickly found her group of friends, but there was one person in particular with whom she developed a fast friendship — a giant of a man by the name of Blake Bostic.
A local chef and an avid fan of disc golf, poker, longboarding, snowboarding and live music, Bostic was one of the first people Long met when she arrived in Summit. With a long list of mutual interests, the two developed a strong bond over the next decade — the type of friendship more common to grade-school chums or lifelong neighbors than to two people who were raised on opposite sides of the country and didn’t cross paths until early adulthood.
But Long said Bostic made a lasting impression on almost everyone he met.
“He had a presence about him — he was tall — but it was a lot more than that,” Long said of Bostic, who stood 6 feet, 9 inches tall. “He made an impact on people; he’s still making an impact on people and he’s not even here.”
Although Long said Bostic touched everyone he met, it was his Summit County friends — whom he valued as highly as his own family — that not only kept him here for the better part of the last 13 years, but also motivated a return after a brief departure to chase a professional dream.
In addition to his love for cooking and his countless recreational activities, Bostic also was a passionate home brewer, Long said. A few years ago, Bostic left Summit County to work for Deschutes Brewing in Bend, Oregon. He stayed for only one year.
“Deschutes was his dream company, but after a year he decided he wanted to come back to his family in Summit County,” Long said. “I can relate to that.”
‘MAKING PEOPLE SMILE’
On Monday, April 14, friends and family, residents of the town of Frisco and the Summit County community as a whole had its wind knocked out when news surfaced of Bostic’s tragic and untimely death. Bostic was the victim of an alleged homicide at the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco. He was 38.
In the days immediately following Bostic’s death, friends organized an impromptu celebration of his life at the now-closed Upstairs at Jonny G’s in Frisco, but Long and others thought their friend deserved much more.
For the last several weeks, Long and a committee of about a half dozen friends have been planning what they hope will become an annual event incorporating all of the things Bostic loved most, including a disc golf tournament, a barbecue with three live bands and a late-night poker tournament. Bostic loved playing cards, Long said, and hosted a game nearly every Tuesday, which also happened to be his only day off from work.
“He had a passion for making people smile, which was great for everyone because we not only got to all play cards together, but also eat a feast,” Long said. “Disc golf was the same in a lot of ways. Like regular golf, it’s an individual game, but it’s a game you want to play with your friends.
“Blake was always really good at pushing himself to get better at everything he did, but he also knew how to find that balance between independence and being there for his friends.”
And his friends clearly are still there for him.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, the entire community is invited to participate in the inaugural Boom Bostic Poker and Disc Golf Showdown at multiple locations throughout Frisco. The event, sponsored by The Barkley Ballroom, Greco’s Pastaria, Incline Bar and Grill and Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe, begins with a disc golf tournament from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Peak One Disc Golf Course, featuring hole prizes and challenges, including a hula hoop toss and a bomber challenge.
Three still-to-be-determined bands will perform from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the El Grande BBQ and Disc Golf Award Ceremony at Foote’s Rest on Main Street. The barbecue also will include lawn games and a silent auction. Among the items donated so far are home or business cleaning services, four-pack lift tickets to Copper Mountain, gift certificates to local restaurants, new skis and transportation services.
The day of events will be capped by the Too Tall Poker Tournament and Raffle from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Barkley Ballroom. Multiple tournaments will be taking place throughout the night with a $200 cash payout going to the winners. The top 10 finishers in each tournament also will receive a customized pint glass.
“Blake was so humble and if he was still alive, he’d be asking why we are making such a big deal about him,” Long said. “It’s amazing to see how the community has responded, and we really don’t want this to be exclusively a ‘Blake’s friends’ event. We want this to be a community event that we’ll hopefully be able to do every year.”
Tickets are required to participate in the disc golf and poker tournaments; they’re available online at http://www.BlakeBostic.EventBrite.com. Tickets are $20 for each tournament or $35 to play in both.
All proceeds, including a portion of food and beverage sales at Foote’s Rest and The Barkley Ballroom, will benefit a culinary scholarship in Bostic’s name at Colorado Mountain College.
Additional information about the event can be found on the Boom Bostic Poker and Disc Golf Showdown Facebook page. Those unable to attend the fundraiser but who would like to donate to the culinary scholarship may do so online by visiting http://www.CMCFoundation.org/Make-My-Gift. Enter Blake Bostic in the notes section to receive a thank you letter and a tax write-off form.
For further information, to volunteer for the event, to sponsor a disc golf hole or to donate an item to the silent auction or raffle, contact Meredith Long at Info@OptimizeMarketingandEvents.com or call (970) 406-0142.
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