Annual Alter Ego Costume Ball benefits Eagle Valley child care

Betty Ann Woodland
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Pavan Krueger, right, who helped start the annual Alter Ego Costume Ball nine years ago has since passed the torch to hard-working Cindy Lagace who helped organize this year’s fundraiser for the Eagle Valley Child Care Association.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

EDWARDS — Zino Ristorante in Edwards hosted the ninth annual Alter Ego Costume Ball on Saturday night to raise funds for the Eagle Valley Child Care Association. There was a great turnout for an important cause. It took place during a great time — when things have slowed down a bit and locals are looking for something fun to do. And, as they say,

The founder of this soiree, Pavan Krueger, had children in preschool nine years ago and was looking for a creative way to benefit the schools. Each year, Pavan, along with her husband and his family, the Kruegers, who are longtime locals, come out to the Alter Ego Costume Ball to continue to support the cause.

This year, event chair Cindy Lagace was running around setting up and organizing auction items. Lagace and her daughter, who wore hiking clothes and binoculars, were trading remarks and jokes about their costumes.

“This is my daughter. She is dressed like her mother on her time off,” Lagace said.

She looked like a bird watcher and naturalist. Very cool.

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There were scary costumes like ghosts, ghouls, witches and goblins. And there were kid-themed costumes like The Flintstones, roosters and, of course, Baby Karl. Karl Krueger made himself a crib and had all kinds of accessories, like bottles and pacifiers. It is a strange time of year. Maybe, being the responsible grown adult that he is, his alter ego is a carefree child.

Thanks went out to Zino Ristorante for hosting and providing the delicious mussels and pizza, as well as to DJ P-Rock, who kept the dance floor hopping. Funds raised from the event will enhance program quality, expand staff development and provide quality childcare for Eagle County’s youngest children.

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Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events and soirees of all kinds including fundraisers for nonprofits. She can be reached

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