The Vilar Guild, a nonprofit organization of more than 100 men and women from across the valley, strives to build awareness, accessibility and audience for the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
"As the Vilar Performing Arts Center celebrates its 14th season we are reminded how truly fortunate we are to have such a jewel of a facility in our back yard," said Doris Dewton, Vilar Guild president. "The Vilar Center Guild is dedicated to ensuring our whole valley has access to this amazing resource".
The guild fulfills its mission through community outreach, fundraising events and performance underwriting.
"We use the term 'outreach,'" said past president Cindy Bright, "but really we are a 'reach out' organization."
For eight year, the Vilar's "reach out" programs have included scholarships for young performers to attend the Vail Valley Performing Arts Academy and collaboration with the Buddies Program and The Literacy Project to bring children and their families to the Vilar who might not otherwise be able to attend. Tickets have also been provided for Eagle County senior citizen groups and students attending area dance schools.
The guild's next fundraising event is Sunday in the Vilar Center's lower lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear festive Western attire and join the guild for cocktails and appetizers before the Randy Travis concert. Call the Vilar box office at 970-845-8497 for more information.
Tickets for the pre-performance event are $40, which includes drinks and appetizers. Every dollar raised goes directly to guild endeavors; not one dollar goes to administrative work.
Special auction items this year include an opportunity to bid on a private performance by singer-songwriter Joni Harms for 24 lucky folks. Harms has been a winner of multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards including top honor for Entertainer of the Year in 2002. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Harms and hear a sampling of her music on Sunday.
The second auction item will be an original oil painting, "Mountain Lake Reflections," by Josh Elliott. Stop by Claggett Rey Gallery in Vail to view the artwork before Sunday.