President and Mrs. Gerald Ford |

President and Mrs. Gerald Ford

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The public is invited to attend the gala event, which includes cocktails, dining, dancing and tours of the new hotel.

The evening begins with a red carpet valet service at the Beaver Creek West lot. Guests will be greeted at a heated reception area with hot apple

cider. Upon entering the new Ritz-Carlton, attendees may enjoy cocktails while socializing or participating in the “Passport to Paradise.” Guests will be given a hotel passport for a tour of the hotel.

Representatives will be posted in different areas of the hotel to validate the passport. Upon returning to the dining room participants may enter their passport in a drawing for weekend getaways to the Ritz-Carlton New York-Battery Park, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Ritz-Carlton Laguna-Niguel and Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and a grand prize giveaway including airfare for a five-night vacation at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

Following a short program, there will be dancing with the Kathy Morrow Quartet. Entertainment also includes the Dickens Carolers and the Eagle Valley Children’s Chorale. Tickets to the holiday Gala are $225 per person. For more information call 970.827.5700.

This event raises funds to benefit the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. In its 16th year, Bravo! brings to the Vail Valley more than 40 soloists and ensembles and three resident orchestras – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and new to the Festival, America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, June 27 through Aug. 5, 2003.

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