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High Altitude Society: Mardi Gras Ball raises funds for private schools

All photos: Special to the Daily/Betty Ann Woodland

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a favorite venue of many in which to attend or host a gala as it is an elegant architectural wonder. Maybe it has something to do with my National Park Service career as a ranger, but the rustic, warm Ritz “parkitecture” makes me feel at home. So, when St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Vail Christian High School Mardi Gras committee members decided on “putting on the Ritz,” I was personally thrilled with the decision. Such was the case on Saturday evening for the schools’ fundraising efforts in this solid structure with a sense of place.

On a chilly evening, it is always a pleasure to come in from the cold and slide up to a roaring fire in an open fireplace and thaw out a bit before mingling amongst the merrymakers. The Ritz-Carlton is just the place to do so with its enormous hearths and massive stacked log fires that warm you to your core. Then, there was the successful silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner and a wide-ranging live auction that included many fabulous excursions and, of course, the infamous and legendary handmade Kindergarten quilt. Congratulations and gratitude went out to all the successful bidders who helped to raise funds for the schools.

Splendid words came from St. Clare Principal Sister Marirose Rudek as she spoke eloquently about the importance of staying current with technology in the schools and supporting new and existing programs. Vail Christian High School Principal Jeremy Lowe addressed the crowd as well. St. Clare’s Inga Causey had led the way in fundraising with a school-wide raffle ticket sale that brought in critical funds. Event Chair Heather Florio and her team must have been exhausted and in much need of a vacation after the long and challenging task of organizing the Mardi Gras Ball. We are glad that they were up to the task and wish them all well and some much-deserved rest.

Betty Ann Woodland covers events and fundraisers and can be reached at highaltitudesociety@vaildaily.com.

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