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Vail Valley Foundation’s Star Dancing Gala benefit set for Thursday

Lynda Sampson and Colin Meiring cut loose to benefit the Youth Foundation’s education initiatives during last year’s Star Dancing Gala.

Lynda Sampson and Colin Meiring cut loose to benefit the Youth Foundation’s education initiatives during last year’s Star Dancing Gala.

VAIL — The 2013 edition of the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation Star Dancing Gala benefit is this week, taking place on Thursday.

“This year’s theme is ‘Dare to Dream: Change the World’,” said Susie Davis, vice president of education for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Thanks to the generous support of our Star Dancing Gala participants, we are able to challenge our local youth to continue to dream big, knowing that we can help change their world.”

If helping children throughout Eagle County and enjoying a great evening of dinner and celebrity dancing isn’t enough, a trio of great new items have been added to the auction list, including great getaways and one-of-a-kind sports experiences. Heading up the new additions is a week-long escape to a luxurious five-bedroom villa at Crocus Bay in Anguilla, British West Indies. Days will be spent relaxing on the beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing or just relaxing in the spa. Accommodations include daily housekeeping, dedicated Inspirato concierge service and pre-arrival grocery shopping.

For those looking for a bit faster pace, book a Memorial Day to remember at the Indianapolis 500 with Mario Andretti and Buddy Lazier. The weekend will include silver badge credentials, a lap around the track with Andretti at the wheel and exclusive pit passes with the team prior to race start. Watch the race from the most exclusive seats in the house and witness the award ceremony.

If Memorial Day isn’t your choice, then how about ringing in the New Year in Phoenix as a VIP at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl? Enjoy New Year’s Eve at the renowned Posh Restaurant before gearing up for the kickoff luncheon and the VIP pre-game party. Then, catch all the game action from premium seats on the 50-yard line. Your headquarters for the weekend will be the Four Seasons and your transportation will be via private limo.

The fifth annual Star Dancing Gala will once again feature dance performances, showcasing notable local “celebrities” and professional dancers, modeled after the television hit “Dancing With The Stars,” with each couple rolling out a different genre of dance.

Getting underway at 5:30 p.m. at the Vail Valley Jet Center in Gypsum, the Star Dancing Gala will benefit the Youth Foundation’s mission of fostering growth, development and success of children throughout the community.

Tickets for the event are $250 per person and are available online at http://www.stardancinggala.com. Various event packages are also available. The Youth Foundation is the educational arm of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Youth Foundation, visit http://www.theyouthfoundation.org.