Online auction raises funds for Vail Mountain School |

Online auction raises funds for Vail Mountain School

Vail Mountain School students and a VMS parent decorate pots for palm trees that will be sold in the VMS Online Auction. The auction is a community effort made possible through the volunteer efforts of VMS parents and students and the generosity of auction donors.

VAIL, Colorado – What do paragliding, trash service, a Harley-Davidson, Mandarin Chinese lessons, a side of beef, and spa treatments have in common?

Each of these things, and about 120 others, can be found in this year’s Vail Mountain School Online Auction. Auction items come from local businesses and community members to raise money for the VMS scholarship fund.

Turns out that 33 percent of the school is on financial aid, says James Mill, VMS communications coordinator. The good folks at VMS raise about $1 million a year, give it all away, then do it again the next year.

Items range between $18 and $8,000. And where else can you bid on auction items ranging from a Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster to California palm trees?

In between palm trees and power you have lift tickets to Vail, lodging at local hotels and condos; a one week stay at a Washington D.C. townhouse on Capitol Hill; gift certificates to local restaurants; children’s toys; ski/snowboard gear and tuning services; private ski and snowboard lessons through Vail Ski and Snowboard School; works of art; private gymnastics lessons; an Eagle Ranch Fitness Club 10-punch pass; opportunities for pampering, including services at the Ritz-Carlton Spa; and gift certificates to Woodward at Copper.

If you’re a group, you can bid things like “First Tracks” at Vail followed by breakfast at the Game Creek Club; a women’s cooking class with Head Chef Jenna Johnson at Dish! in Edwards. Even if you’re not a group you can still buy it and invite your buddies. If you buy it, they will come.

The online auction money also pays for VMS programs and activities, as well as the scholarship fund.

Established in 1962, Vail Mountain School is an independent, co-educational, K-12, college preparatory school. The school’s mission is to prepare students intellectually, emotionally, and ethically to thrive in a collegiate setting and beyond with the life-long purpose of active participation in global citizenship.

Support Local Journalism