Black Diamond Ball sold out; online silent auction open to the public until Friday at 5 p.m.
Special to the Daily
The annual Black Diamond Ball puts an elegant twist on community fundraising. This Friday, the Vail Valley Foundation invites ski enthusiasts to come inside and enjoy an evening of grace and style at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch while raising funds to benefit the foundation’s initiatives in arts, athletics and education.
The event takes place after the first day of races during the Birds of Prey World Cup men’s ski competition. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are already sold out.
The 17th annual Black Diamond Ball launches the local winter social season, and the popular silent auction is open to the public online until Friday at 5 p.m. by going to http://www.silentauctionbid.com and logging in. There’s a mix of experiences, gifts and travel opportunities to browse and buy.
“The Black Diamond Ball is one of the most fun and important traditions in our valley and is a critical element of making possible everything the VVF does year-round,” said Mike Imhof, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation. “This year looks to be one of our best, with an amazing range of incredible live-auction packages, thanks to the generosity of our board, donors, friends and partners in the community.”
The Vail Valley Foundation initiatives cover a broad range of community programs and venues. Fundraising for the arts includes cultural events such as the Vail International Dance Festival, the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series and the ShowDown Town Concert Series. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Performing Arts Center are also home to numerous foundation performances.
Among the athletic events that benefit from community support are the GoPro Mountain Games and Birds of Prey men’s World Cup races. The foundation’s work in early childhood, elementary and middle school academic excellence programs, STARS funding, pre-collegiate and scholarship aid and the Vail Global Energy Forum all benefit from generous community involvement.
For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, visit http://www.vvf.org.