Mountains of Hope benefit dinner |

Mountains of Hope benefit dinner

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – Vail Valley residents and guests will have the opportunity to dust off their boots and swing into a Western evening Thursday, as the Vail Valley Foundation rustles up funds for worthy causes at the annual Mountains of Hope benefit dinner and auction, presented by Princess World Jewelers.The Mountains of Hope evening is held in conjunction with the 2007 Countrywide American Ski Classic, which kicked off on Wednesday on Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak. Held at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, Mountains of Hope will get under way at 7 p.m., featuring a Southwestern buffet, live and silent auctions, a performance by country-western recording artist Steve Azar and dancing to Heather and the Blacksmiths. “Mountains of Hope is always one of the highlights of the Countrywide American Ski Classic,” Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, said. “Not only does it raise needed funds for deserving programs, but it is a great opportunity to mingle with some of the skiing legends and celebrities that are here for the event. It is a terrific evening that helps fund a great many wonderful projects throughout our community.”Live auction items are slated to include a $13,000 watch, courtesy of Princess World Jewelers; a one of a kind opportunity to design, build and test your own custom pair of K2 skis in Seattle; a three-hour personal instruction session with Red Sky Ranch Golf Course pro Dave Leadbetter; a specially written and recorded song for the lucky bidder by Steve Azar and a dinner for eight, prepared by Iron Chef America’s Cat Cora. A limited number of tickets are available and priced at $150 per person and all proceeds will benefit Vail Valley Foundation programs and projects. A total of $150,000 was raised at the 2006 Mountains of Hope for the foundation’s new Magic Bus pre-kindergarten mobile learning center project.For additional information on the Mountains of Hope benefit dinner and auction, presented by Princess World Jewelers, or to purchase tickets, contact Holly Bishop at the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999.

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