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Black Diamond Ball set for Friday in Bachelor Gulch

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
The Vail Valley Foundation's annual fundraiser, the Black Diamond Ball, takes place on Friday at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado-On Friday the Vail Valley Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Black Diamond Ball, will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

The gala evening not only paints a festive backdrop for the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup races being held in Beaver Creek, but also honors the 2010 Vail Valley Citizen of the Year, Martha Head and the 2010 Volunteer of the Year, Doris Dewton.

Billed as the “most fun you can have in black tie,” the annual event includes a silent and live auction, seated dinner and dancing and is attended by several hundred Vail Valley Foundation supporters.

The 2010 live auction lots include a membership to the exclusive HomeWaters Club fly fishing sanctuary, an all-inclusive trip to Vanderbilt Hall in Newport, Rhode Island and a one-week stay at Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Destination Spa, Rancho De Puerta in the Mount Kuchumaa foothills near San Diego. Dozens of silent auction items will also be available on the evening of the event, as well as on eBay by searching Black Diamond Ball.

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2011, the Vail Valley Foundation’s mission is to enhance and sustain the spirit of the Vail Valley by providing leadership in education, culture and athletic endeavors. The Foundation produces events like the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week, the Teva Mountain Games and the Vail International Dance Festival, as well as owning and operating the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The VVF also hosts three free concert series throughout the year and several education initiatives such as Success At Six kindergarten scholarships, Sowing Seeds ecological gardening program and Celebrate the Beat dance and movement workshops within the Eagle County School system.

Tickets to the 2010 Black Diamond Ball start at $300 and are available by calling the Vail Valley Foundation at 970-777-2015. For more information about the Vail Valley Foundation, visit

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