‘Mountains of Hope’ raises money for local nonprofits | VailDaily.com

‘Mountains of Hope’ raises money for local nonprofits

Chris Harrison, the host of ABC's "The Bachelorette" will be the host of Mountains of Hope benefit dinner Saturday. The event will be raising money for four different local nonprofit organizations.

After a successful five-year partnership with the Christopher Reeves Paralysis Foundation, the Vail Valley Foundation announced this month that proceeds from the American Ski Classic charity gala will now be split equally between four Eagle County nonprofit organizations ” The Heuga Center, Shaw Regional Cancer Center, Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation and the Vail Valley Foundation.

Popular television host Chris Harrison from ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” will emcee the Mountains of Hope benefit dinner on Saturday at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek at 7 p.m.

“Selecting the beneficiaries of this annual gala was very important,” said Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz. “The philanthropic spirit of this community lends itself to an event like this. In one night, guests have the opportunity to support four outstanding organizations during one entertaining and lively night out.”

The event’s theme, “All For One, And One Four All,” reflects the philosophy of the evening. Each group will provide items for the silent and live auctions, participate on the organizing committee, sell tickets and share volunteer duties. In the end, each group will receive 25 percent of the auction’s proceeds.

The event includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner and an live auction, followed by live music and dancing. Tickets are available for $250 per person, or $3000 for a table of 12, by calling 949-1999.

Joining emcee Harrison at the party will be the events’ Legend of Honor, ski-racing commentator Bob Beattie. Other skiing greats will be there, such as Patrick Ortlieb, Ken Read, Tamara McKinney, Billy Kidd, the Mahre brothers and more.

Additionally, television celebrities Tate Donovan (“The O.C.”), Paul Rudd (“Friends,” “Office Space,” “Clueless”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Homicide”), Ryan Sutter and Trista Rehn (“The Bachelorette”), Rob Morrow (“The Guru,” “Northern Exposure”), cast members from Disney’s “Lizzie McGuire” and others are scheduled to attend.

The American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the life of our community through athletic, cultural and educational events and programs. For more information, please contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 949.1999, or visit http://www.vvf.org.

After 20 years, The Heuga Center has firmly established itself as a leader in the field of multiple sclerosis management and remains on the cutting edge. Through extensive research, and by expanding and refining its programs, The Heuga Center has brought health and hope to thousands of people and families living with MS and remains the only resource of its kind in the world today.

The mission of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center is to deliver excellent care to cancer patients and their families through progressive, multi-disciplinary clinicians with national affiliations in a comfortable, supportive and convenient environment.

The Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation is dedicated to keeping people of all ages physically active through orthopedic research and education in the areas of arthritis, healing, rehabilitation and injury prevention.

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