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16th annual Mardi Gras Ball returns as a benefit for St. Clare, Vail Christian High School

Talented teachers from St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School celebrated with their school community at last year's Mardi Gras Ball at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. This year's event is Saturday at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Lionshead Village.

VAIL — The 16th annual Mardi Gras Ball rolls around Saturday, which means you are invited to click on the video tutorial with this story at http://www.vaildaily.com and learn to correctly say, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" the rallying cry of Mardi Gras.

Then you can move on to "joie de vivre" ("joy of living").

The Mardi Gras Ball is an annual benefit for St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Vail Christian High School.

Silent and live auction items include a sleepover a+t Two Elk Lodge for 20, a Living the Life of a Craft Brewer package and dinner for eight.

This will be the last year that the Two Elk sleepover will be available for this auction.

In Living the Life of a Craft Brewer, you'll design and brew seven barrels of your own beer — 14 full-size kegs, or more than 1,200 22-ounce bottles.

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You'll host a launch party at e|town restaurant in Edwards to show off a little. You'll also host a specially-created, four-course pairing dinner at vin48 Restaurant in Avon for you and seven friends.

The remaining beer will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles with specialty labels created for you and made available for sale at Avon Liquor. The proceeds go back to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Vail Christian High School.

Your beer will be entered in a local beer competition, with a chance to be served at this fall's Great American Beer Festival in Denver. If you make Beer Fest, you get eight tickets to the Saturday afternoon private member session and access to the DRAFT magazine brewers' special suite.

The five-course dinner for eight will be prepared by St. Clare pastor Father Jim Baird. Baird became St. Clare's pastor in June.

The New Orleans-style menu for the Mardi Gras Ball will include blackened red fish, Cajun short ribs, grits and bourbon bread pudding.

The Fat City Band will provide the event's music. They've been performing blues, roadhouse rock and New Orleans-style R&B for more than 40 years.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go …

What: Mardi Gras Ball, a benefit for St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Vail Christian High School.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Where: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, 715 W. Lionshead Circle, Vail.

Cost: $150 per person.

More information: Go to http://www.scavchsmardigrasball.org. For information about the auction, call Gina Demarest at 970-926-8980, ext. 1.