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Mardi Gras fund-raiser one of the biggies

Carolyn Pope
Special to the DailyJon and Bethany Hearter, Yvonne and John Dawsey

EDWARDS – On Feb. 5, St. Clare of Assisi took on a New Orleans flavor as they, along with the Vail Christian High School, presented their fifth annual Mardi Gras fund-raiser.The guests didn’t hold back. They came dressed in full Mardi Gras gear, complete with hand-crafted masks, beads, tuxes and boas. The collaborative effort to raise money for the Vail Christian High School and St. Clare of Assisi is known valleywide as one of the biggies, which means big auction, big costumes, and big fun. The Boles Family, Destination Services, Hill & Company, Lucas Liquors, Richter Scale Productions and Whirled Peas Catering came in as sponsors. The schools make up the Christian Alliance, which was formed to keep faith-based, Christian education in the community for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The funds raised from the event are allocated within each school to support their reading and literacy programs, music and art programs, facilities and athletics.

Kathy Fort Carty and Michelle Maloney chaired the event, invigorating the guests during the silent auction and cocktail hour. After the elegant dinner served by Marc DesRosiers and his crew from Whirled Peas Catering, auctioneer Jeff Stokes handled the auction.Feathers were flying with the fabulous packages, which included trips south of the border (Mexico) to across the Atlantic (England). Catered dinners and gourmet parties brought in premium prices, along with a romantic Valentine’s getaway to San Francisco. Catered dinners and gourmet parties brought in premium prices, as well as the perennial favorites – items created by the students, including a mosaic tile chest created by the third graders at St. Clare’s. A special request for technology funds at the end of the night topped it off, as big bucks rolled in to keep the students computer-savvy and forward thinking. Jennifer Hays and Erin and Bob Boselli chaired the auction.The evening wound down after Chris Starkey’s C3PO band finished up their sets, and, as the witching hour struck, many parents had likely passed their curfew. ==========================================

On the social radarMarch 12 is the annual Carpenter’s Ball, the big fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity. Help build five in 2005. The fun event will be at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 748-6718.====================================================================================To Learn More

For more information about Vail Christian High School, call 926-3015 or visit For information about St. Clare of Assisi, call 926-8980 or visit, Colorado

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