Music sets tone for Vail Interfaith Chapel fund-raiser
“America’s Favorite Music” set the tone for the annual Vail Interfaith Chapel fund-raiser July 3 at the Lodge at Vail. The annual event, sponsored by the Vail Religious Foundation, is a family favorite during the festive weekend. As much variety show as dinner dance, locals and out-of-towners enjoyed lively sets of rock ‘n’ roll, country and Western, patriotic songs and pop tunes energetically performed by Starburst Colorado, the retro Swing Sisters and Sinatra-stylist Danny Wein.Before the dancing and dining, guests bid on luxury items in a silent auction and turned in their raffle tickets for a drawing. Roger Kleen won the first prize – a season’s ski pass from Vail Resorts. Kay Michelson of Edwards took home a pavé baby bear necklace from the Golden Bear while Ed O’Brien drew a spa treatment from Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa. Christie Hochtl won the fourth place prize of a dinner at Tavolaccio in Edwards.Built in the late 1960s, the Vail Interfaith Chapel is a spiritual center of the valley. The chapel is the home to six congregations , including the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Trinity Baptist Church and B’nai Vail. Weddings are booked throughout the year and community groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous meet on the premises. The complex even shelters stranded motorists during winter snow closures. Vail Religious Foundation board Chairman Robert Fawcett made the big news of the evening when he announced the foundation has retired the debt incurred by the major renovation of the Vail Chapel a few years ago, and had $35,000 in its reserve fund. New money received will be dedicated to future expenditures.Longtime local Fred Distlehorst celebrated with his granddaughters, while part-time local Dela White received the royal treatment – a personal serenade from “Frank Sinatra.” Before the night was over, a chorus line of Rockettes wannabes were kicking up their heels in beat to the lively music.Making it all happen were committee members Sally Fawcett, Rivers Jardis, Harriett McCue, Mary Ellen Cope and Magda Vossler, with able assistance from Kim Law and Daphne Blinn.