High Altitude Society: 40th-annual Denim & Diamonds Gala supports Vail Mountain School
Vail Mountain School held its 40th annual gala and auction, themed Denim & Diamonds, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
“Our gala is a proud holiday tradition,” said Michael Imperi, VMS head of school. “At its core, it is about supporting our children and providing them with the best possible educational opportunities.”
Denim & Diamonds was a wildly creative theme, with attendees putting in fashionable effort to juxtapose their jean material with sparkly gems, stones and sequins, as well as tuxedo pieces.
“It was a really successful night, one of our most successful galas ever,” said gala chairperson Cathryn Cooper, who was thrilled with the turnout and proceeds.
“This year’s theme, Denim & Diamonds, is representative of how we live our lives — casual and friendly, but also thoughtful, hard-driving and sophisticated,” Imperi said. “This year’s gala committee and volunteers embody this lifestyle, focusing intently on the finest details while having a great time in the process.”
Details included gorgeous white and glittery silver table centerpieces, excellent video and sound production, a phenomenal auction experience, live music from the rocking Neil Diamond cover band Super Diamond and tunes from DJ Carve.
The Vail Mountain School auction is known to be legendary, and this year was no exception. With stellar trips and getaways to such destinations as Tuscany, Costa Rica, Miraval, Napa Valley, The Hotel del Coronado, Martha’s Vineyard and Chicago, this was a great year to bid on excursions whilst supporting the effort to accomplish a library transformation.
“With your help, tonight’s paddle raise will complete Phase 1 of our library transformation, from book repository to a state-of-the-art learning common,” Imperi said. “Your gifts will provide collaborative workspace, small-class meeting rooms, 3-D imaging technology … and quiet nooks for the myriad learning styles and needs of your children.”
Kudos in praise of the event at the after-parties and beyond included sentiments shared from hard-working volunteer Carolyn Connolly.
“The Denim & Diamonds Gala was truly one of the best events that I have attended in the Vail Valley, and we so appreciate the volunteers from the community who helped us out,” she said.
Director of Development Aaron Ciszek agreed, stating, “Our volunteers do an incredible job of working with community members to create these priceless packages. The volunteer support and community donations absolutely made this event. We couldn’t do it without the strong commitments by our family and friends throughout the valley and beyond”
Katie Biggers, Vail Mountain School event coordinator and assistant to the director of development, wanted to thank all of the sponsors and the entire Gala Leadership Team, including Cooper; Gary Pesso, F&B/venue coordinator; Courtney O’Brien, volunteer coordinator; Nicole Moritz-Mills, audience development; Susan Mitchell, graphic design; Mandy Jaffe, acquisitions lead; Barrett Phillips, sponsor coordinator; Liza Alrick, data manager; and Carolyn Anderson, data manager.
For more information on Vail Mountain School programs and its mission, visit http://www.vms.edu or call 970-476-3850.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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