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High Altitude Society: Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosts 2015 Leadership Council Dinner

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
2015 Leadership Council Dinner chairperson Julie Heaydon, SSCV Director of Development & Events Euginnia Manseau and SSCV Development & Events Coordinator Brittney Ziebell take a moment to enjoy the success of all of their efforts leading up to the event.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

As part of its Celebration of Winter, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted a Leadership Council Dinner at Larkspur Restaurant in Vail on Saturday.

On this crisp, cold evening, attendees were thrilled that Vail Mountain had received more than 50 inches of fresh snow and opened about 1,000 skiable acres, making this one of the best opening weekends in a decade. During this kickoff event, SSCV showed its appreciation for the continued support of its donors in the club’s mission to inspire character growth and excellence.

Executive Director Aldo Radamus addressed and welcomed the crowd and then introduced Kirk Dwyer, the incoming executive director who starts in June.

“I cannot tell you how pleased that I am to have Kirk Dwyer here with us tonight,” Radamus said. “He is going to be following and taking the organization forward from where we are. I am proud that I have been here for 14 years. I think that is the record tenure of executive directors in this organization.

“I stand on the shoulders of past directors Chip Woods, Bob Seeman, Mike Porter, Charlie Adams and several others, and I know that the 14-year record will be broken 15 years from now by Kirk.”

“Thank you to the (SSCV) board and to the community for the heart-warming welcome that you have given me and my wife, Robin,” Dwyer said. “We are so excited to be here … and wanted to thank Aldo for his vision and his dedication and his outstanding work in bringing the club to where it is today. It is very exciting to be coming at this point.”

“I know how important it is to have the support of the community to balance the budget and to move from being a strong club to a great club and academy. … What you do in contributing to this club is of utmost importance,” he continued, directly thanking the Leadership Council.

The Celebration of Winter Leadership Council Dinner Committee, including chairperson Julie Heaydon, vice chairperson Debbie Lathram, Stephanie Linafelter and Susan Swimm gave special thanks to the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail staff, sponsors and live-auction donors.

A few of the entertaining auction items were a bowling party for 10 with Mikaela Shiffrin at Bol in Solaris in Vail, a Game Creek Club dinner for 12, a heli-skiing trip with Canadian Mountain Holidays, a stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California, and the incredible Ruth/Alvarez Wine Cellar of 89 unique Napa and Sonoma County wines.

For more information on SSCV’s programs and events, including the Ice Breaker Cocktail Party and silent auction on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Westin Riverfront Resort, visit http://www.skiclubvail.org.

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 bettyannw6@gmail.com.