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Ghostly Gala good for charter school

Carolyn Pope
Chairwomen Anne Barnett and Julia Wallace.

EDWARDS – There’s something bewitching about Halloween. Put on a mask or a costume, and a different persona emerges.

The persona is rarely someone shy and retreating, so the excitement isn’t just for the person in the costume – it’s an experience for everyone involved.Take, for example, the Eagle County Charter Academy’s Ghostly Gala.The event brings in over 300 people, with a large proportion of those guests not parents at the school. They’ve just heard that the party is a rockin’ good time, and this year they weren’t disappointed.The theme was “Motown Monster Ball” and, with the music of Fredi and the Soul Shakers, the joint was jumping. It’s the major fundraiser for the school, which is a public school that operates under the Colorado Charter Schools Act. Unlike traditional public schools which receive funds to cover all of their operating expenses, the Charter Academy must raise all of this money to keep its doors open.

“The entire team that put the Ghostly Gala together was ‘spooktacular,'” said Julia Wallace, who organized the event along with Anne Barnett. “It’s all about the kids, which is what brings together such enormous energy for us all. What’s better than having good fun for a good cause?”The event grossed over $150,000, much of which came from its spectacular live auction items, including a trip to the Kentucky Derby, two Maui Vacations, a trip to Capri and a week in Tuscany. The “girl’s trip” – this year to San Francisco and Napa – is in its second year. Twenty-four women head away for a little gal time, including shopping, dining and letting their hair down.Wallace summed it up.”After hard work and countless hours, it’s all worth it when you not only see the money raised but the people with smiles on there faces, expressing wonderful energy,” she said. “Friendships formed through working on a nonprofit event make it so rewarding.”

“Peaches & Herb” Steve and Debbie Ellstrom.

The Vail Performing Arts Academy.

The dessert!

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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