‘A Creole good time’ in Edwards | VailDaily.com

‘A Creole good time’ in Edwards

Daily staff report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Thomas Green

VAIL, Colorado ” Most think of Mardi Gras as a noisy, colorful celebration on the streets of New Orleans or Rio de Janeiro. But for guests of the 9th annual Mardi Gras Ball in Edwards, it’s just a Creole good time, benefitting a great cause right here at home. The 9th annual Mardi Gras Ball, a cocktail dinner dance and auction for Vail Christian High School (VCHS) and St. Clare of Assisi Elementary School in Edwards, will kick off on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the new Vail Christian High School auditorium.

The annual celebration is co-hosted by the two Edwards schools.

“We have a common mission ” to provide a Christian-based education for our children. The Mardi Gras Ball is our most important fundraiser to help fund the operations of the two schools,” said Carmel McGuckin, event co-chair and parent of five children between the two schools.

But don’t be fooled by this lofty mission ” this festive celebration is far from serious.

“Our approach is to create a great party for everyone who wants to come out and have a ball, and raise money in the process,” said Kim Schramm, event co-chair and VCHS parent.

The black-tie-optional event is a locals’ favorite, known for offering enticing auction items, a scrumptious dinner and a swingin’ dance band.

“The Mardi Gras theme is all about fun ” and our guests are always amazed at the ambiance we are able to create,” said Megan Green, a Mardi Gras volunteer and parent at both schools.

Auction items include a week in in St. Barths, Whisper Rock, Ariz., Isla Mujeres, Costa Rica or on a South African safari. Regional delights include a Rockies corporate hospitality suite for you and 11 friends, a Cordillera family golf membership, a slumber party at Two Elk Lodge on Vail Mountain, a fur coat, a dinner party for you and 40 friends at Foxnut and more.

“The business community has really stepped up to support us in this, a difficult year, and we are so very grateful,” said Jeremy Lowe, principal of VCHS. “Now we look forward to seeing families, friends, and resort guests come out to celebrate with us at the Mardi Gras Ball.”

The schools require 100 percent participation from the students and their families, who contribute auction items, sell raffle tickets and volunteer for the event. And the hard work proves fruitful ” in 2008 the Ball raised more than $275,000 for the schools.


Tickets to the Mardi Gras Ball are $150 each. Tickets and tables are still available for purchase. Tickets will also be available at the door for $200, unless the event sells out prior.

For those who can’t attend, a chance at the raffle may be just the ticket. Two grand prizes of $5,000 cash are available, plus a Ritz Carlton package, a 2009 Trek Road Bike, a group zipline tour, a Golden Bear, Oakley eyewear and more.

To secure your spot, purchase raffle tickets, or ask questions, visit http://www.mardigrasball.net, call 970-926-8980, or e-mail stclare.co@gmail.com.

What: Mardi Gras Ball

Where: Vail Christian High School Auditorium, Edwards

When: Saturday, 6 pm

Cost: $150 each. Tickets and tables are still available for purchase. Tickets will also be available at the door for $200

More information: Visit http://www.mardigrasball.net, call 970-926-8980 or e-mail stclare.co@gmail.com

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