Bocce ball fundraiser is June 27 in Eagle-Vail |

Bocce ball fundraiser is June 27 in Eagle-Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThese ladies in polka dots from Select Services won last year's La Bella Festa Bocce Tournament in Eagle-Vail. This year's tournament is June 27 at the Eagle Vail Pavilion.

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado –The Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation is hosting its third annual La Bella Festa Bocce Tournament on at noon June 27 at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Teams of four will compete for cash prizes, and there will be an Italian dinner, silent auction, costume contest and musical entertainment. Swift Eagle will provide all bocce equipment and no experience is necessary.

Swift Eagle was founded in 2004 by a group of longtime locals committed to helping people in Eagle County. The inspiration came from David Haakenson, a valley resident since 1970. He had a dream about starting a charitable foundation with the name of Swift Eagle.

Coincidentally, his lifelong friend, Phil Jackson, was given this name by the Lakota Indians of South Dakota. Jackson, legendary coach of the L.A. Lakers and Chicago Bulls, and a believer in the karma of dreams, volunteered to be the honorary chairman of the organization and has visited the valley twice for the group’s “An Evening With Phil Jackson” fundraiser.

Swift Eagle assists Eagle County residents with living and personal expenses during times of crisis or hardship. It is an all volunteer organization, allowing 100 percent of donations to go to those in need. Since its inception and especially in response to the current difficult economic times, the group has tripled the number of people it has helped.

Team entry fee for the event is $250 before June 1 and $300 after June 1. Pre-registration is required and all entries are due by June 23. Sponsorships opportunities are available at varying levels. For more information, contact Ginny Snowdon, 970-949-5279 or

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