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Celebrities find ‘family’ at ski classic

Carolyn Pope
Ron and Kerstin Kripelani get their boots shined by Jill of Executive Shine in Denver.
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VAIL – The Countrywide American Ski Classic wrapped up recently, but not without a whole heaping’ lot of fun at the annual Mountains of Hope dinner. This year, the western-based theme had most everyone decked out in denim for the barbecue that the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort and Spa had prepared.

Year after year, TV and movie personalities and sports celebrities return to the Vail Valley Foundation event. I overheard one celeb saying it’s because it’s not a vacation to him – it’s coming back to family. Perhaps a slightly dysfunctional family – everyone gets along great.Robert Kennedy, Jr. compared it to a big family reunion.

“I have one big fear,” he said, “That this weekend will end.”This year, though, two close friends were missing – Dana and Christopher Reeve. Kennedy spoke fondly about the couple and their impact.



“I remember watching Chris sitting at the bottom watching Dana and Will skiing,” he said. “They saw Vail as something more than a playground for the privileged. They saw it as a community.”Jewelers A.E. Betteridge hosted a chance to pluck a diamond from a fishbowl full of fakes. One lucky lady walked away with the beauty, but not before many tried their luck.

Boots were shined by some gals from Denver who packed up their full polishing set-up and schlepped it all the way up the hill so people could throw in $50 a shot to make sure their boots were spit-shine perfect.The auction was short but profitable, with some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including a special weekend at San SimeonHearst’s Castle. How many people have the chance to do that? The package sold for $26,000, followed by a week at Esperanza Resort in Cabo, donated by Sandy Treat Jr., which brought in $14,000. Claggett-Rey Gallery and artist Joe Beeler donated a package of art and Silver Oak, and country composer and singer Steve Azar said that, for the right price, he’d pen a song especially for the high bidder. Someone thought they were worthy for $8,000, so Azar doubled it – to bring in $16,000 for the charity.



After dinner, Azar entertained the crowd of locals, celebrities and sports stars with his tunes. Afterward, Heather and the Blacksmiths had the crowd jumping.The money for the night aids the educational programs of the Vail Valley Foundation, particularly Destination Discovery, the newest addition to the Success at Six program. Destination Discovery will be a fleet of mobile learning buses that will travel throughout the Eagle County providing pre-kindergarten-aged children the opportunity to discover the wonders of learning, to stimulate social-emotional development and reduce the existing gap in kindergarten preparedness.

“Our relationship with the Vail Valley Foundation is one of the most positive relationships we have,” said Eagle County Schools Superintendent John Brendza.For more information regarding the programs of the Vail Valley Foundation, visit its Web site at http://www.vvf.org or call 949-1999.

Colorado Footwear and the Heuga Center are teaming up with the “Shoe Sale with Sole.” The sale, at the Children’s Fountain in Vail Village, begins at 9 a.m. today. The shoe store is selling off all of its overstock goods and goods donated by suppliers for a fraction of the retail. The money is going to the Heuga Center, which serves people with multiple sclerosis.



Colorado Footwear and the Heuga Center are teaming up with the “Shoe Sale with Sole.” The sale, at the Children’s Fountain in Vail Village, begins at 9 a.m. today. The shoe store is selling off all of its overstock goods and goods donated by suppliers for a fraction of the retail. The money is going to the Heuga Center, which serves people with multiple sclerosis.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado


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