Coming soon: Mardi Gras and carpenters ball |

Coming soon: Mardi Gras and carpenters ball

Carolyn Pope
Ladies who volunteer — the committee from last year’s Carpenter’s Ball, a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser.

Upcoming events include fundraiser for Christian schools and Habit for HumanityEAGLE COUNTY – Looking for some fun events to attend over the next few weeks? Here are some suggestions:This Saturday night is the annual Mardi Gras Ball, a fundraiser for St. Clare of Assisi and the Vail Christian High School. The event has a reputation for being a whole heck of a lot of fun, and for having one of the most extensive and exciting live auctions in the valley.”One of Denver’s hottest dance bands, Soul X, will be rocking the house. Whirled Peas Catering will serve an extraordinary dinner and our new auctioneer is high energy and entertaining. Mardi Gras is the party of the year, and seats go fast,” said Kathy Carty, chair of the event and a St. Claire parent.Proceeds from the event go towards operating expenses at both schools, which, Carty said, keeps tuition down.

Some of the items to be auctioned off include a week in St. Barth in the Villa Maracuja, a catered buffet for 20 from Whirled Peas Catering, a week in Costa Rica, a gourmet dinner Italian dinner for eight at the home of Vail Valley Medical Center President Greg Repetti and more.For more information, call 926-8980. Tickets are $125 per guest.Carpenter’s BallOn March 11, Habitat for Humanity is hosting its annual Carpenter’s Ball at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. This year’s ball celebrates “Partners in Progress,” a program that aims to form partnerships with other individuals and organizations to help build homes.

The event raises money to help build and buy homes for low-income families. This year, the organization is planning to build a triplex and a duplex in Eagle. “We sell out every year to more than 400 people,” said Barbara Duncan, vice president of organizations board. “Habitat for Humanity is a hand up, not a hand out. We’ve housed over 30 children and their families in the past nine years.” The event features cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Don Watson Band.”People wear everything from sequins to denim,” Duncan said. “That’s what makes it fun; you have people from all walks of life who come. It’s unique that way, because it spans the community.”Tickets are $125 each. Call 748-6718 for more information.

Reach for the PeakOn March 17, the Gore Range Natural Science School will hold is inaugural Reach For the Peak award dinner, where Kathy and Erik Borgen will be honored for their widespread philanthropy in Vail, Denver, the U.S. and beyond. In a salute to the Borgens’ ties to Norway, the grand ballroom of the Vail Mountain Marriott will be transformed into an enchanted Norwegian forest, populated with trolls, gnomes and woodland wizards. The Borgens have been supporters of many Vail Valley organizations, including the Vail Valley Foundation, Ski Club Vail, Eagle Valley Land Trust and Gore Range Natural Science School. Their philanthropy extends beyond the valley to Denver, as well as nationally and even internationally.

At the dinner, Gore Range Natural Science School will also recognize Ted James, inaugural recipient of the Founder’s Stewardship Award, for his commitment to raising environmental awareness and inspiring stewardship through service to the community.”We are thrilled to be honoring Erik and Kathy for their generous philanthropic giving over the years to worthy organizations, including Gore Range Science School,” said Markian Feduschak, the school’s executive director. “This award dinner serves as a small way through which the science school can thank Erik and Kathy for their financial generosity and their gifts of time and support,” added Natalia Hanks, the school’s director of development.For more information, call Natalia Hanks at 827-9725, ext. 30 or e-mail her at Vail, Colorado

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