VAIL — On March 7, the Vail Cascade Resort hosted the second annual Vail St. Jude’s Snow Angels Gala. This spring event benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. No family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
The event honored Chris Anthony, a Colorado native and Vail resident. For a long time, Anthony competed at an international level and traveled as an athlete and on-screen personality with the Warren Miller Film Team. In 1991, he was named a Youth Ambassador for the state of Colorado. Anthony will be awarded the Spirit of Sarah Award, in honor of Sarah Burke and her commitment to the sport of skiing and her dedication to the children of St. Jude.
The night before he was honored by St. Jude’s, Anthony was busy presenting a screening of the documentary film “Climb to Glory” which tells the story of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division and features Chris Anthony (also the film’s creative director) and the late Tony Seibert. This final Vail screening was shown at the Vail Mountain School theater and benefited the Vail Veterans Program, Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Anthony’s Youth Initiative Project. Anthony has been going into schools for 14 years and talking to students and presenting ski films.
“What I quickly realized is that I took the kids on a journey to places like Kazakhstan, Ecuador and Norway,” Anthony said.
These educational lessons may ignite a desire in kids to create their own adventures.
Making ‘Climb to Glory’
In regards to “Climb to Glory” Anthony said, “My wanting to tell the story about these amazing men was sparked by seeing the memorabilia at the Ski Museum and the great statue that you see coming across the Covered Bridge in Vail. Once I started learning about it, I wanted to go deeper into this. I met Susie Tjossem from the Ski Museum, and she put the business mind behind this ... and it took about five years to get this magical piece of work going and it happened.”
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, galas and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.