Ford Cup raises money for charity |

Ford Cup raises money for charity

Daily Staff Report
Daily file photoFrom "Beverly Hills 90210," Ian Ziering will click them in for the American Ski Classic.

VAIL ” Some of Hollywood’s top celebrities will join forces with some of ski racing’s biggest names Friday and Saturday in Vail as the Ford Cup celebrity team competition segment of the 2005 Countrywide American Ski Classic ushers in a new format of racing to raise money for a quartet of deserving charities.

The annual American Ski Classic has traditionally raised money for the designated charities through the Hope in Motion, and more recently, Mountains of Hope gala dinner and auction during the event.

While the Mountains of Hope evening is still on the schedule, the Ford Cup will give the Vail Valley Foundation yet another opportunity to generate funds to distribute.

“The Countrywide American Ski Classic is a wonderful rite of spring that celebrates the fun and enjoyment we all associate with skiing,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “But, it plays a much bigger role, especially if we are successful in raising not only significant funds, but also awareness for our designated charities.”

Heading the list of celebrities for the 2005 American Ski Classic are Robert Kennedy Jr.; actors Robert Carradine, Giancarlo Esposito and Ian Ziering; actress Daphne Zuniga; Ryan and Trista Sutter of “The Bachelorette” fame and 1994 Olympic speed skating triple-gold medallist Johan Olav Koss of Norway.

“It’s really amazing just how competitive the celebrities are once they hit the race course,” Folz said. “No matter what their skiing ability, they all have a tremendous amount of fun with the Ford Cup and their contributions go a long way to helping those less fortunate.”

The skiing legends, former Olympic and World Championships medalists spanning the past three decades, will serve as Ford Cup team captains, in addition to competing in the Legends Giant Slalom and Downhill earlier in the week.

“The legends have also fully embraced the idea of racing for the charities,” said Folz. “Although their lives have revolved around winning and losing, the legends love the fact that the charities are the real winners of this competition.”

The four organizations that will benefit from this year’s American Ski Classic are Rebuilding Together, the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Hole in the Wall Camps and the Vail Valley Foundation.

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