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High Altitude Society: St. Clare’s Starry Night raises funds for technology

Local photographer Jack Affleck is awash in a sea of beauties at the Starry Night wine tasting fundraiser at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School in Edwards.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

On Friday, Nov. 6, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Parish friends and families gathered together creating fellowship during a holiday wine-tasting fundraiser to support technology in the school. Sommeliers guided guests in selecting wines to serve with holiday menus and to have on hand through the new year. Volunteers worked hard to set up tasting rooms throughout the school, with themes based on wines from Italy, Spain, France and the Americas.

As usual with this event, it is a chance to catch up with people whom you have not seen in awhile, within the St. Clare community and beyond. It is always great to see community members from up and down the valley out supporting one another’s schools. As the event season ramps up, there will be plenty of opportunity for that.

On this evening, there was a fabulous auction, with Epic ski passes generously donated from Vail Resorts Epic Giving and a 2015-16 season membership at the Gondola Club. New this year was a wine pull, where guests bought raffle tickets for $50 and had a chance to win a seven-day stay in a three-bedroom condo located in the PGA West resort community near Palm Springs, California.

True to the St. Clare spirit, there was a special circumstance and winner for the wine pull. Each year, families are asked to donate wine to the wine collection that is auctioned off or, in this case, raffled.

“It turns out that the very first bottle of the 70 that were donated was labeled with the winning note for the seven-day stay, and at the end of the evening, that same bottle was the very last bottle left to be pulled and had the winning prize,” said Gina Demarest, the hardworking St. Clare director of development. “Father Jude’s name was on that last bottle and he won the trip to California.”

In addition to wine tasting, guests were invited to sample spirits from 39 North and Parce Rum. Parce Rum is a company owned by St. Clare parent Brian Powers and his two brothers.

“Parce is doing well and growing as a company as we hit markets across the country and in Latin America,” he said. “We have expanded to New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago and all over Colorado. Parce Rum is an international brand launched in Vail and is hitting the trend-setting markets.”

Demarest was thankful for sponsors Avon Liquors, Seth from Murray’s Cheeses in Avon City Market and Kiwi International’s Gelato, as well as all her volunteers, parents and community members coming out to support the school. For more information, contact Demarest at gdemarest@stclareparish.com or call 970-926-9880.