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Mardi Gras in the mountains

Erin Boselli, Michelle Maloney, Megan Green, Kathy Fort-Carty and Neda Jansen.
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EDWARDS – The sixth annual Mardi Gras Ball at St. Clare of Assisi School on Feb. 25 was a great chance to dress to the nines and bid on some wonderful auction items.

Most importantly, it was a chance for attendees to witness a unique and tight-knit community come together to pull off an incredible feat of an event. “St. Clare is a Catholic K-8, and Vail Christian is a Lutheran high school,” said event co-chair Kathy Fort-Carty. “The schools are not alike in denomination, though they are both Christian institutions. What is important is that we came together to make this event possible, it has been a truly great opportunity to bring the schools together, and to bring the community together on the whole.”And pulling the event off was no small task.”Transforming the gymnasium into a banquet hall is not easy, it took a huge team of parents and volunteers to make this happen,” said organizer Michelle Maloney, gazing into a gymnasium replete with bright lights, shining linens and an impressive sound system.

The entire event, it seems, was made possible by the efforts of devoted parents who manned the valet station; students who modeled fur coats and other auction items; and behind-the-scenes volunteers who stayed into the early hours of the morning to clean the gymnasium and return it to its intended use. And it was not just the event staff who made the night possible – every family enrolled in each school was asked to bring three auction items to the table for the event. Each class also had a “class basket.” The themes ran from ‘family fun night’ with games, movie tickets and DVDs to “A Taste of Italy” with a Williams Sonoma Italian cookbook, wine, oils and vinegars.”Seeing this kind of interfaith interaction and support, you don’t see that everywhere,” said Peggy Warner, principal of St. Clare of Assisi. “If you could bottle this energy and sell it… ,” she added wistfully.



The 2006 event was greatly successful, with funds going primarily to support athletic programs at both schools. However, the money also goes to fund the basic price tag attached to running such the schools – including operating costs andkeeping tuition affordable for local families. “This has been the most successful event to date,” said Kathy Spangler, St. Clare of Assisi parent and board member. “We are so grateful for the partnership with Vail Christian, and to the community on the whole, for making this possible.”Vail, Colorado

“Seeing this kind of interfaith interaction and support, you don’t see that everywhere,” said Peggy Warner, principal of St. Clare of Assisi. “If you could bottle this energy and sell it… ,” she added wistfully.



The 2006 event was greatly successful, with funds going primarily to support athletic programs at both schools. However, the money also goes to fund the basic price tag attached to running such the schools – including operating costs andkeeping tuition affordable for local families. “This has been the most successful event to date,” said Kathy Spangler, St. Clare of Assisi parent and board member. “We are so grateful for the partnership with Vail Christian, and to the community on the whole, for making this possible.”

Vail, Colorado


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