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A Vail rite of springtime

Didi Doolittle
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily Weekly

Spring is definitely in the air in the Vail Valley. The clocks have sprung forward, the sun is shining, and our heavy winter sweaters and coats are being traded out for shorter sleeves and pastel colors. If you’re already shopping for spring fashions and wondering what looks will be in style this year, it’s time to attend an event which has come to be known as a Vail rite of spring, the Annual Spring Fashion Show and


On March 30, the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps, along with presenting sponsor U.S. Bank, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon. This annual fundraising event for the Volunteer Corps began with a local Designer Rummage Sale and has grown to be the fully produced runway fashion show it is today.

Each spring, the fashion show marks the changing of the seasons in the Vail Valley for women and men alike. Many will plan ahead for this luncheon, clearing their schedules to make a fun day of it with friends. Champagne toasts will ring through the ballroom at the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort, as local friends, family and colleagues cheer the ringing in of the anticipated spring season and the efforts of the VVMC Volunteer Corps.

“I would never miss the Spring Fashion Show!” said Marti Waneka, VVMC volunteer and longtime fashion-show fan. “It is so much fun to get gussied up with my girlfriends and see the latest in spring fashions. It’s a great time to catch up with each other, shop the wonderful items at the silent auction and be wowed by the fabulous clothes on display in the show.”

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The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for the silent auction, with items donated by local Vail Valley businesses and community members. With gift certificates to local restaurants, spa treatments and golf packages, not to mention stays at some of the finest resorts in the valley, you’re sure to come away with a prize in your pocket and a smile on your face.

“The theme of this year’s fashion show is ‘Anything Goes,’ and that is true of the silent auction, as well,” said Jan Smith, VVMC volunteer chair of the Silent Auction Solicitation Committee. “We have something for everyone, including jewelry, a propane grill and everything in between. This year’s silent auction is one not to miss.”

“Be sure to arrive to the Fashion Show early to peruse the auction tables and to take part in our exciting Balloon Burst,” Smith said. “Our guests will have the opportunity to purchase a balloon to pop with a surprise prize inside. The Balloon Burst was very popular at last year’s show, so keep your eyes peeled for the ladies holding bunches of balloons.”

The VVMC Volunteer Corps raises money throughout the year with various fundraisers, but the Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon is always its largest fundraiser of the year. Dick Woodrow, president of the VVMC Volunteer Corps board, hopes this 25th anniversary year will be the biggest fundraiser to date.

“The funds we raise this year will be dedicated to the Mobile Simulation Lab for VVMC, which will provide essential training to VVMC medical staff throughout our many facilities,” he said. “We are very happy to support this worthwhile cause, which will benefit every resident of our county and visitors, alike.”

Fashion Show Luncheon tickets are $100 per seat, or individual table sponsorships are available. To purchase your ticket, visit http://www.vvmc

fashionshow.com or call 970-479-5131. For information regarding the volunteer program, call Amanda Visosky at 970-479-5068 or visit http://www.vvmc.com/volunteer.

Didi Doolittle is historian for the VVMC Volunteer Corps.

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