Designer rummage sale benefits dancers |

Designer rummage sale benefits dancers

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn Pope/Vail DailyDino and Miriam Mariani, Julie Donahoo and Claude Chasse of Montreal.

VAIL – The volunteers and staff of the International Dance Festival decided to put an old theory to a test – that one person’s castoffs could be another person’s treasure. They proved the adage true at “Repeat Performance,” their first designer rummage sale.

The majority of shoppers were women, though many men either played sherpa for their ladies or lounged in the sun waiting for the shopping fever to fade. Fabulous finds were easy to come by thanks to donations from local high-end stores, including The Golden Bear, Home Outfitters, Pepi’s, Laureen Hopkins Interior Designs, Gorsuch, Squash Blossom, Manrico Cashmere, Kimberley’s Jewelers, Juliana Collezione, Golden Beaver, Colonial Trading, Any Occasion, Asian Village, Ptarmigan Sports, Blitz and Gypsy Boutique and Well-Heeled in Edwards. Luxurious furs and gowns were donated by many of Vail’s social mavens.

“It’s the hunt,” said Patrice Ringler of the Vail Valley Foundation. “People are finding lots of fun stuff.”The International Dance Festival is in its 17th year and brings spectacular and world-renowned dancers and troupes to the Gerald Ford Amphitheater from July 30 to Aug. 7. This coming season, Tamara Rojo and Inaki Urlezaga, principal dancers with the Royal Ballet of London; Trey McIntyre; the Colorado Ballet featuring a world premiere by Jessica Lang; and the FLY Dance Company at its finest will perform.

Susan Milhoan and Holly Elliott headed up the efforts at the rummage sale. “It’s a great event to support the community and to build on our reputation,” Elliott said.

The committee – which included Joanne Levy, Donna Meyer, Kathryn Benysh, Deb McClenahan and Lee DePaolo – has been working hard all year gathering together the high-end finery, storing it, sorting it, and planning the event.

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The piece de resistance was a cream puff 1989 Mercedes SEL, donated by Murray Imports. The car helped break the committee’s financial goal.All of the money raised benefits the outreach programs, including informative discussions with festival guest artists, critics, dance historians, as well as workshops for local dance students. The proceeds will also make possible a free performance by the hip-hop troupe, FLY Dance Company.

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