Black Diamond Ball set for Friday in Beaver Creek |

Black Diamond Ball set for Friday in Beaver Creek

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” The 10th annual Vail Valley Foundation Black Diamond Ball kicks off the valley’s holiday social season Friday at the Ritz Carlton-Bachelor Gulch, in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

New ticket pricing will include three levels for individual buyers, as well as more options for corporate table sales.

Individual tickets start with the Ruby Package, which cost $300 each and include “preferred” seating at the Black Diamond Ball and a champagne shuttle from Beaver Creek’s Wolf Lot.

One step up will be the Emerald Package, at $500 each. Emerald benefits include an invitation to Bob Hernreich’s pre-event Diamond Soiree, VIP entrance and check-in, on-site VIP parking and “premium” seating.

The Diamond Package, at $1,000 per ticket, includes the Diamond Soiree invitation, a one-night stay at the new Westin Riverfront Resort, round-trip transportation from the Westin to the Ritz, VIP entrance and check-in, special recognition during the Black Diamond Ball, an individual auction butler and “premium” seating.

Corporate tables of 10 also feature the Ruby, Emerald and Diamond levels, with accompanying benefits.

An extension of Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer’s Crystal Ball, the annual Black Diamond Ball features dinner and dancing, along with live and silent auctions. In addition, the Black Diamond Ball includes the presentations of the Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award and the Ernie Bender Award, which recognizes the foundation’s top volunteer.

This year’s Citizen of the Year winner is Dr. Jack Eck, while Kathryn Benysh will be honored for her long-standing volunteer efforts with the foundation.

Tickets are on sale for the 2008 Black Diamond Ball and may be purchased online at or by calling the Vail Valley Foundation at (970) 949-1999.

The evening is scheduled to get under way at 6 p.m., with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, with dinner and dancing to follow. Proceeds generated from the Black Diamond Ball benefit the Vail Valley Foundation’s many initiatives, with a specific component of the evening directly benefiting the organization’s Success at Six educational efforts.

For additional information on the Vail Valley Foundation, call (970) 949-1999 or visit

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