Alter Ego Costume Ball returns to Zino in Edwards Saturday night
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What: Alter Ego Costume Ball
When: 6:30-midnight, Saturday
Where: Zino Ristorante in Edwards
Tickets: $25, in advance or available at the door
Information: The 9th annual Alter Ego Costume Ball is a benefit for the Eagle Valley Child Care Association. Call 970-926-2501 for tickets and information. You get dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.
You can be something you’re not — or not yet — at Saturday’s Alter Ego Costume Ball.
The ninth annual Alter Ego Costume Ball is a benefit for the Eagle Valley Child Care Association, which supports early childhood development in Eagle County.
“The funds we raise from this benefit will help EVCCA to enhance program quality by enabling us to hire and retain educated teachers and caregivers, expand staff development and benefits, purchase classroom supplies and provide quality child care for Eagle County’s youngest children,” said Amy Drummet, executive director of the EVCCA.
Pavan Krueger’s kids were in preschool with one of the schools, so she started moving away from a bunch of small fundraisers, like selling wrapping paper and pizzas, to one big blowout party.
“It supports a local business and gives parents a night out,” Krueger said. “It’s affordable, so we get lots more people.”
It’s an adults-only event, and because the cost is so reasonable parents can hire a babysitter and stay out dancing.
“It’s fun to get to know people, and people love to dance,” Krueger said. “Since they’re in costume, they’re not so shy about it.”
P-Rock is the DJ, and Zino Ristorante is handling the food — mussels and pizza.
The silent auction features restaurant and hotel packages featuring top local restaurants and hotels including The Sebastian and the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, skis, merchandise and all sorts of other wonderful stuff.
The Eagle Valley Child Care Association opened the Vail Child Care Center in 2001 and opened Miller Ranch Child Care Center in March 2006. The children range in age from eight weeks to six years.
“The majority of the parents who enroll their children at our centers are full-time local working parents, who, without child care, would have to make very difficult economic decisions,” Drummet said. “The child care centers do a wonderful job and have assembled a first rate staff, and we intend to keep it this way.”
The money raised Saturday helps pay for continuing education for teachers and staff, and buys supplies.
Your alter ego
An alter ego (Latin for “the other I”) is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person’s normal or original personality, sort of like a hooker dressing as Mother Theresa or a tobacco industry lobbyist dressing as anything that isn’t intrinsically evil.
It’s a little like the title characters in Robert Louis Stevenson’s thriller “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” except if you’re going to let it rip at this party, be more Dr. Jekyll than Mr. Hyde, who was cranky and not that much fun at parties.
If you’re a guy at the Alter Ego Ball, you won’t require an antidote to switch back to your regular self. You just need to take off the prom dress and swap the pumps for your cowboy boots.
Then there’s Batman and the question of who’s really in charge there, the Caped Crusader or Bruce Wayne? Did Bruce Wayne beget Batman or did Batman beget Bruce — was Batman in there the whole time? Who was in there first, and which one will show up at the Alter Ego Ball? The Ferrari driving billionaire or the Dark Knight? And with whom would you rather tango, assuming Batman’s cape isn’t a bigger impediment than Bruce Wayne’s ego.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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